The final round of the Central Cyclocross league looked like it was going to be a muddy affair as we made our way through the waterlogged Oxfordshire countryside, passing swollen rivers and flooded fields.

As it turned out, the venue, at Culham Motocross Park near Abingdon, was remarkably dry and fast, a big relief after recent races, particularly one at Herne Hill in South London, where wetsuits and sub-aqua gear would not have looked out of place. You may hear more about this from my fellow Kona blogger, Rod Fountain (The Jake Diaries), who I had the pleasure of meeting at one of these underwater rounds of the London League.

Since my last race I’ve been making the most of an extended Christmas break to get in some more miles on the bike, and it seems that the extra training has paid off, as I led the race from the start. Despite a bike swap mid-race, I managed to get a good gap on the second place rider, leading veteran Sean Williams of Wightlink and, once I got into the flow of this twisting, undulating circuit, I made the most of the last opportunity to race before next weekend’s National Championships in Bradford. I crossed the line with a minute and a half to spare, something I certainly won’t be able to say after next weekend’s event…

Thanks to all the Central League folks who made this season of racing possible. Some great courses, amazing races and loads of muddy fun.

Photo credit: Keith Perry