The run up to Christmas is always a busy time, but this year has been especially hectic. I’m an artist as well as a cyclo-crosser and, with exhibitions to arrange and paintings to finish and frame, there hasn’t been much time to get out on my bike over the last couple of weeks. The enforced break seems to have suited me though, as Sunday saw my first win since the end of September, when I travelled to Hillingdon for Round 9 of the Central League.

Another large field enjoyed perfect conditions at this penultimate round of the season, with the soft ground churning up nicely as the day wore on. The folks from Twickenham CC had laid out a great course that made the most of the undulating grassy infield of the West London cycle circuit, with hairpins and off-camber bends that really rewarded a well-chosen line.

I had a good start and led from lap 1, although I was very aware of a strong chasing group that never seemed to be too far behind. In the end though, I managed to keep them at bay, securing my first win in the Central League this season. It’s a Christmas double-whammy of races in London this weekend, so I’m hoping the good form continues!

Photo credit ©GrahamRobins