DSC_0169The run up to Christmas this year has been even more manic than usual, with lots of racing and riding all over the country. It seems like it’s taking its toll at the moment, as I’m feeling pretty wiped out, but I’m hoping that a bit of time-out over the holiday period will give me a chance to recharge my batteries and power-up the legs for the season’s grand finale: The National Championships!

Cyclocross fans in the UK are probably still on a high after a golden weekend of racing and riding in Milton Keynes at the end of November. All the big names were in attendance for Saturday’s World Cup, and the Campbell Park course proved to be a massive hit with riders and spectators alike, providing some great racing on both days of a cold, bright weekend.

My hopes of another top ten in the National Trophy (which took place the day after the World Cup on the same course) were dashed when a high speed slide saw me connect with one of the wooden stakes that was used to mark out the course. The impact demolished my newly-built front wheel and sent me back to the pits to ride a one-bike race from that point on.

It was a sticky, muddy course, with a lot of running and carrying, and my bike was quickly transformed from a superlight dream-machine to a tank-heavy mud-monster, so my laps got slower and slower as Campbell Park rapidly attached itself to me and my ride.

Apart from that disappointment, I’ve had some good results since my last race report, with 5 podiums, including an Eastern League series win and a win in the South East Regional Championships last weekend in the V40-49 category, a title I’m very proud to have achieved in my first year as a veteran racer.

I’m hoping the legs will stay strong until the Nationals on the 10th Jan – I’m expecting a tough battle – but I’ll have a few well-earned mince pies while I’m rebuilding wheels and re-gluing tubs and keeping my fingers ‘crossed for a good start to 2015.

Thanks to Paul Burgoine for the photo.