Monday, 9 November 2009

Shave Your Legs, Shave your Lap Times...

...Was the heckle of encouragement ringing out around a bog-like rugger ground in Ivybridge on Sunday. 
Round 6 of the SouthWest cross series rolled into town and fittingly for Remembrance Sunday the field looked for every part like the Somme. 
The last few rounds had spoilt us, they had been dry and on hard ground. 
Oh how we joked before the race, about riding a proper winter cross race; freezing cold, up to your axles in mud and finish the race with a shit-eating grin. That's pretty much what we got.











The race started with an icy wind howling down from the surrounding hills of Dartmoor and there was only one spot on the course when it was a helpful tail wind. It had rained all week and absolutely pelted down on Saturday night, so it was wet, very wet and muddy. Have I mentioned it was wet? 


More importantly, our numbers were up.  With the arrival of Simon, there were three of us racing, and the p.v.c VC supporters club were there in full force as Alan joined us with his white Adidas trainers (r.i.p.)


As for the race, that all went as usual.  The fast lot went off from the gun, VeloCake brought up the middle.  At the end of the first lap I was hanging onto John's back wheel whilst Simon spent the first few laps staring at the back wheel of one the girls from the Shred team. He said it was her back wheel.

The next hour almost flew by, going up and down a playing field trying to find a drier line and keep the pedals rolling round.  There was nowhere to coast, and nowhere to pin it as the mud just kept sucking. In every sense.

Thank heavens for the bell lap.  John tucked in behind the leaders on their last lap and joined the train to the finish. I dipped a vet from Southfork racing for the line. Whilst Simon ruled the Ivybridge Air and Style contest by hucking massive air off the line and despite what he thought, was not D.F.L.


racey resultage linky.


****NEWSFLASH UPDATE****

The latest SWCX league standings are out.  In the Vets, VeloCake are at No.15 because of John, where as in the seniors, I am 22nd and a new entry straight in at number 58 pop pickers is Simon. Chapeau monsieur Barnes.




24 comments:

Al said...

Well done team.

Al.

Simon said...

I wasn't last!

Simon said...

And who the hell is Mike Murray?

VeloCake said...

Simon, i told you so didn't I.
You did get beaten by girls though.
(I seem to remember been mocked once by someone near here, because of a girl been faster ahemm.)

Now, go north young man. Go north and race your socks off. There are bigger fields in Scotchland too!

VeloCake said...

Oh...and Murray is my racing alter-ego

Simon said...

Scotland is going to have to wait, I appear to have spent more money than I have. Oops.

VeloCake said...

boo.
won't Grant pay your petrol.
I've recommended you as a house guest to him.

grant said...

I had to adhere to the cliched image of the stingy Scotsman and refuse to pay for Simon's petrol from Englandshire to Scotchland. :-)

Al said...

Good luck this weekend to our brave lads for the soggy bottom mtb race in Plymouth.

I am unable to be there as i have something more interesting to do!!

Up the Velo massiive!!

Al.

VeloCake said...

Grant, I don't blame you. the money he's on just for sticking barcodes on bike bits. pffft!

Simon said...

I found a pic of Mikey nearly catching John. You should have put a stick through his back wheel Mike!

Piccy here

VeloCake said...

that is AWESOME. he looks like he's brickin' it doesn't he.


wheres that from?

Simon said...

From the BC race report HERE

VeloCake said...

aarrrh...why didn't they get one of you. Even Katies got her picture on there.

Simon said...

I was too slow!

Still haven't found any other piccies yet. Where are they hiding?

KatieCake said...

... Don't you mean my hat got on the pics?

VeloCake said...

hat and your wellies!

Nicky said...

Confession time. I did my first cross race (well rode with a number on my back) at the weekend, complete with VC buff but I forgot to put VC down on the entry form - in my defence I was so nervous about the concept that I was mostly concentrating on not being sick at the time.

VeloCake said...

well done, 9th place is very respectable, and you weren't last.

Simon said...

9th? Woohoo! I'd love to finish 9th at anything :)

VeloCake said...

Simon, maybe if your legs were less hairy you'd be able to finish in 9th place.
maybe.....maybe.....maybe.....

Simon said...

I don't think it's possible for them to be any less hairy ;-)

Nicky said...

Who finished 9th not me that's for sure, 9th last maybe..

Simon said...

You did finish 9th...

http://lyxus.net/ctle