Since my last post on the Kona Cog, the season proper has started at last and my first 2 races have given me a good idea about what I need to do to keep things rolling for the next 5 months.

The Summer Series, based at Bethlem Hospital in South London, was a great warm up to the winter CX season and, combined with my annual Beastway MTB fix, it ensured that me and my bikes were pretty much ready to go.
Last year I focused on the Central CX League, squeezing in a few London and Eastern races to fill any gaps in the calendar. It was a blast, with some great courses and some tough competitors but I managed to win a few races and ended the season with the overall league win.

Although I’d like to defend my title this year, a house move means that the Eastern League makes much more sense for 2013/14, not to mention the fact that it’s also my ‘home’ league, as I was born in Bury St Edmunds – right at the heart of Eastern country!

Cyclocross is definitely a growth sport and there seems to have been a lot of new faces and fresh legs at the first races of the season, but my league campaign has started reasonably well, with a 5th place in Basildon and a 3rd place at Chelmsford last weekend. I feel like my summer training has yet to kick in, though, and I’m really hoping that me and the Major Jake will be claiming our first win before too long.

Watch this space!

Photo Credit: Abi Armstrong (Hackney GT)