Two of our riders rode this last weekend and we asked each of them to write about their race:
The day started off cold with some ice but warmed up as it got closer to the race that kicked off at 9:30.
I started at the back of the grid and was the only rider from the Inspire VCUK RT to attend the MTB CX Race in Cannock Chase, in Staffordshire.
The course was muddy in in some places and very technical with lots of sharp corners.
When the race started, Callum Macleod, Marcus Holmes and Timothy Elsmore-Martin took up the lead and I was not too far behind, chasing hard.
Over the course of the two lap I managed to move up into 4th place and 3rd place was in sight on the last lap.
Timothy put a hard effort in at the end of the race to try and get a gap, burned out, and I then attacked him up the climb getting a 20 second gap and in the process managed to get 3rd place with Marcus in 2nd and Callum in 1st
We then asked Lewis Hartley to write about his Time Trial:
Last Saturday I rode in the NLTTA Combined Clubs 10mile TT on the L105 Course around Myerscough.
The field included 140 riders from various teams in the North Lancs Time Trial Association.
I was last one off in this event (as I entered late) and on arriving I already noticed some fast times from the likes of Derek Parkinson and Dave Allonby.
I rode to the start from the HQ in pouring rain with my winter warm up pants and Champion System jacket that kept me warm but it rained that heavily that at the start I was already wet and getting very cold once these layers had been removed. The time keeper asked me if I wanted to continue…I wasn’t sure but I did!
The first mile was ridden into a hail storm that was tough – very tough.
It took me 4 miles to feel any kind of warmth and to get some sensations in my hands but I was riding well and had caught my minute man in the first couple of miles.
As the race went on my average speed increased as the wind become more favourable with the first four miles into a cold northerly.
In the last mile I had my two minute man in my sights (a friend called Martin Lefley) and I decided I was going to take him so I put in maximum effort for catch and overtook him around 50meters from the finish line to record a new PB of 22:10.
I was very happy with my time but a bit annoyed with Martin using excuses for catching him up – he reckoned his chain had slipped 3 times, what a load of cobblers…ha ha