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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby graememacd » Wed Sep 12, 2012 14:33 pm

I'm also going to be doing the first round of the west mids on sunday which is my first cross race :?
going to treat the first one as a bit of a fact finding mission and build on it from there

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Wed Sep 12, 2012 15:05 pm

I am sure you will enjoy it
Its at Pitcher Oak and quite different to most of the courses in that it is closer to a mountain bike circuit. Plenty of climbing, a few roots and singletrack.
Good luck

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby graememacd » Wed Sep 12, 2012 15:13 pm

Cheers Mike. I just hope its not too technical as recent training proved that my off road skills have deserted me!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Thu Sep 13, 2012 07:10 am

Its all rideable apart from some logs that you jump over
Spare set of lungs after the climb is handy :D

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:31 am

Bigpikle wrote:Yep - those hurdles hurt after a while!

Are you racing the season opener for the Wessex league on Sat? Its Oxford, and vets race with women and juniors and only for 40 mins, so I figured a good practice race before the serius stuff in the Central.


I'd have liked to have gone to Oxford on Saturday but I'll be stuck in work for a good part of the day. :(

As things stand, my season should be kicking off at Hillingdon on the 30th; the aim is to do 6 Central events and 6 Wessex ones this season (plus a few odds & ends over Christmas such as one or both of the Herne Hill "Double-Cross" promotions and the Macclesfield Supercross whilst visiting friends up in Cheshire) and see how I place in each league.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby PuttyKnees » Thu Sep 13, 2012 14:20 pm

I'll be at Notts and Derby too. How does the standard vary between the two leagues Mike? Idle curiosity more than anything - quite unlikely to ride in 2 races in a weekend and quite impressed that your legs are up to it!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Thu Sep 13, 2012 14:56 pm

Not that much in it. Probably the standard is slightly higher in the West Mids. Both are a similar format this year whereas last year it was a stand alone race in the West Mids for Seniors. Big fields in Notts and Derby
Good luck Puttyknees

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby PuttyKnees » Sat Sep 15, 2012 19:01 pm

Didn't see you on the results Mike, change your mind? Hot and fast today at notts and derby. Went pretty well for me apart from cramp on the last lap losing me a bit. Good luck to those racing tomorrow.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Sat Sep 15, 2012 20:26 pm

I was there
40th overall and 3rd in the grand vets
It was pretty quick-where did you finish?

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby PuttyKnees » Sun Sep 16, 2012 09:58 am

Ah yes I see you now, nice work. I came in 67, which is my best result. I was pretty daft as I could feel cramp coming on but kept pushing and that lost me quite a few places, but gives me hope for the season.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Benjamin Hall » Sun Sep 16, 2012 22:23 pm

My first season of cross started this weekend with a top 20 ( i think, but the results were a mess and they had me an extra lap down than I actually was) at the Wessex league race in Oxford yesterday and 4th in the Western league at Gloucester this morning. I was off the pace of the winning group in both races, but happy enough with the result.

Had mechanical trouble in both races....never buy a superstar components chain catcher! They are shite!! I'l bodge something out of it though.

Great weekends racing..it's like road racing but...fun... people laugh when you dive up the inside of a corner, there are no vague shouts of 'hold your line' and its alaways balls out.

Bring on next weekend!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Benjamin Hall » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:47 pm

What exactly is the point in BC cross points?

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Pooter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 18:04 pm

Benjamin Hall wrote:What exactly is the point in BC cross points?


They're used for gridding purposes in top level races - national trophy races / national champs etc. If you don't do these, then no point.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Benjamin Hall » Wed Sep 19, 2012 09:50 am

Ah, I hadn't thought of that. Cheers.

Was nobody else racing this weekend?

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Wed Sep 19, 2012 16:31 pm

Benjamin Hall wrote:Was nobody else racing this weekend?


No, thanks to work commitments I couldn't make Oxford last Saturday else I'd have definitely given it a go. As part of my dual Wessex/Central campaign this season I should be at Hillingdon this Sunday though for the Central opener.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby [Tim] » Thu Sep 20, 2012 08:00 am

I too raced at Oxford - it was my first experience of cross so I started DFL to avoid ruining anyone elses day.
Throughly enjoyed it though and due to starting at the back was able to work my way up, got lapped by the top 6-8 riders but that was all.

I'm still hoping to see some results but the BC website only seems to have the top 10 so far.

Anyway I liked it enough I'm off to Swindon tonight to try the Floodlit race. Should be interesting.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Benjamin Hall » Thu Sep 20, 2012 18:05 pm

Results are up. I was about 10 places further back than I thought. which is annoying but I had a fair bit of mechanical trouble so that makes up for it a bit. a long way to go before I'm competitive though!

I best get training!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby hammerite » Thu Sep 20, 2012 18:24 pm

you're best checking the league website for full results than BC... http://www.wessexcx.co.uk/2012/09/15/ra ... sept-2012/

David - don't turn up to Hillingdon this weekend, the race is the following weekend!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby [Tim] » Thu Sep 20, 2012 20:35 pm

Well I failed to make it to swindon tonight due to van hire confusion but on the plus side turns out I finished 29/60 at the oxford race on saturday. Since I started DFL I passed 30 people! I'll call that a good start to my cross career!

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby evo3ben » Fri Sep 21, 2012 08:02 am

Anyone racing in the Central League? Just over a week to go till first race of the season!
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