Sunday, 13 December 2009

Last chance for Victory

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 08.00hrs
Awoke with optimistic enthusiasm. Threw back the curtains to find Jack Frost had sprinkled his white powder all around. Frost! Proper winter cross racing conditions. I looked outside to check the thermometer - it was only 4 degrees C. Not a real frost then. A bowl of porage - the breakfast of champions - and then onward to Plymouth, our almost local race (all be it 70miles away).

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 11.00hrs.
After an hour and a half in the car we pulled up at the leisure centre at the edge of Central Park. Weaving through a the crowds there for the extreme Frisbee tournament, we signed on. (Hope they can read my handwriting this week and I’m not ????)

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 12.00hrs.
Course inspection. No frost, just mud and oh my, it’s very up and down and with really thick squidgey mud. I have a good feeling about this.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 12.30hrs.
Honk honk! (That’s the sound of the horn!) Brimming with confidence team VeloCake nudged our way to just behind the seeded riders. Things were looking good. Ducked inside people on the first corner but then come the second I was forced wide and ended up stuck with my front wheel on the wrong side of a marker post. Shit! Freed the wheel and then immediately made up about ten places, sprinting through the field on adrenaline.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 12.48hrs.
Team mate John was in my sights and after half a lap I was on his back wheel. Still running on adrenaline I went for it on the next climb but unfortunately John couldn’t stay with me.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 13.10hrs.
Last few laps. John soldiering on and holding his own, despite his bad back flaring up. I was on fire though, lapping back markers and taking a couple of places. I then held off the race leader for quarter of a lap before he finally lapped me.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 13.15hrs.
Heckled by a marshall at bottom of a big descent. “Pin it. Go faster!” Shouldn’t have listened… 200metres further along I was going faster but lost front wheel on a root and knee to floor action ensued. Straight back up and running with the bike I took a fella from South Fork racing team.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 13.30hrs.
Bell lap. (About time too.) Off the bike and running whilst scooping mud from the back end. Downhill sprint to the finish. Into the tricky last corner from deep mud and onto greasy tarmac, and it is very greasy ,but I managed to stay upright and cross the line.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 13.35hrs.
That’s it. It’s all over. Racers milling around on the finish line and then back to signing on table to hand in numbers. Whilst flicking mud from shoes, SWCX organiser, Roy approached me announcing that he had a prize for me. I was shocked it’s been a long time since I have won anything at any bike race. “Come with me VeloCake, I have a present for you!” I followed him into the sports hall, past the tea urn where I was presented with my winning prize - a “finish line” mechanics apron (with a handy magnetic chest pad). My prize for having the winning raffle ticket at the last race. I was overjoyed. I told all you non-believers that I’M A WINNER!

(More pictures & results to follow)


Simon said...

Great write up :)

Well done on getting the prize as well!

VeloCake said...

I really didn't expect it. I couldn't have done it without the support of the rest of the team. I love you all. You're beautiful.

PS Simon, You won an innertube but they wouldn't let me collect it on your behalf. It had to be you.

VeloCake said...


simon d barnes finished 63rd overall in the swcx league. beating julian ridgely in the process.
go simon, eat it julian!

some other results here

can't make a linkle........

Red Bike said...

Congratulations on the win!

Simon said...

Woohoo, 63rd and I only did one race! That's about 63 places higher than my NW league ranking :)

Gutted to miss out on the inner tube :(

Well done on 29th place yesterday Mike. John, get some training in for next season, can't have him beating you again!

Al said...

A big well done to all you racer types.

Now can we get back to cakes please!


grant said...

Cakes eh.....actually, I seem to remember team management promising me some cake if I was photographed racing...... :-)

grant said...

I forgot....scottish champs results...

They're slightly wrong IMO (1) but I don't care.

(1) No DNF's or DNS's and there were definitely a few, plus I think they have me behind someone I beat.

KatieCake said...

Sorry Grant. Did the VeloCake Cakes not make it to you? I was responsible for sending them and know that I wrote your address clearly.

It is "Grant, Scotchland" isn't it? ;-)

grant said...

Aye, something like that. :-)

You might need the surname, just to be safe!

Simon said...

Go to Cornwall and collect some Velo cake in person Grant :)

VeloCake said...

is there more than one Grant in Scotchland?

VeloCake said...

thank you Red bike, a compliment from a "real" bike rider really means something :)

grant said...

Are we not real? :-)

Simon said...

I know I'm not real.

VeloCake said...

whilst we all keep it real, red bike is obviously a bike rider of a certain ability thats higher than ourselves.

besides i'm trying to flatter him to get more people joining

Al said...

Can i see some cakes now!

Simon said...

I might bake a cake tomorrow Al. Will post piccies if I do.

Al said...

oooooh lovely!!

will it be cake flavoured? Cos that's my favourite kind.

Simon said...

Dunno Al, was thinking of something a bit off the wall. Maybe pie flavoured cake ;-)

Al said...

That's my second favourite!

To be honest i'm just glad the good ship Velocake is back on course.

would it be too much to ask you to make celebration cake replica Ritchey P21 red/white/blue fade iceing in a 19/20 inch please.

That would make my Chrimbo!!

VeloCake said...

ooo who got mail?

Al said...

I got mail with an attatchment i can't open!

I don't know if it's just my stupidity or it's broken.

grant said...

I got mail. There was no cake though, just an invite to the partee of the year.

Al said...

A party you say!

will there be cake and jelly and dancing girls and a heart shaped pool and a brass band and celebrities and no children and free booze and Rick Wakeman and the Man City team and no waiting to go to the loo and more cake and prizes for the best piers Brosnan looky likey and twister and no grown ups and shoes and a petting zoo and me?

VeloCake said...

Grant, i'm making individual cakes for all of you, they'll be waiting on the door.

Alan, computers are tricky, one day it'll be all ok.

VeloCake said...

ooo a petting zoo, is that a heavy petting zoo?

yes to all of the above apart from a prat with a beard and a cape (just invite bongo why don't you) and the Abudabi/Gorton allstars

Al said...

Hooooray !

Can i wear my Giggsy Wiggsy trafford Rangers replica Welshland jersey?