Saturday, 5 December 2009

More Tales From The Back Of The Pack

Another weekend, another race. A rare Saturday off work gave me the chance to head to Liverpool and compete in the latest round of the North West Cyclocross League. It has been raining for weeks so no surprise to see another muddy course. Once again I skipped the warm up lap! No Jenn, Amy or Tim this weekend, instead I had the pleasure of Stanny's company and got to see his lovely Italian 'cross bike.



A long, paved start gave my legs a chance to get into gear and I passed a few people as we headed offroad for the first of many muddy climbs. This was about as good as it got as most of them passed me again shortly afterwards! Stanny came past on the 2nd climb and stayed comfortably ahead for the rest of the race. It seems that running 30psi in your tyres really does give you more grip. Hmmm.

After the first lap I spent most of the race battling with number 196. He would pass me on the climbs and flat grassy bits, I would pass him on the fast descents and paved stuff. I was helped a bit by his gears playing up (chainsuck) but that's just poor maintenace so I wasn't going to wait for him while he sorted it out!

A couple of laps from the end I was passed by my nemesis from last weekend's race - Ian Small. I hadn't noticed him catching me. Bugger, now I had a real race on! We swapped positions on several occasions before I made a bid for freedom on the fast descent with the steps on. Brakes off and prayed for some sort of traction when I leant the bike over to take the corner at the bottom. It worked. Not only did I gap Ian I got away from number 196. Yay. Still a fair chunk of the lap left but I dug deep and powered home, possibly even passing 2 other riders for position in doing so. I crossed the line broken but happy.

Just one more race left this year and that means a trip to North Wales on the 20th. Very tempted to do it.



And the results are in! 63rd Richard Stansfield 69th Simon Barnes. Looks like I did grab a couple of extra places in the dash for the line :)

44 comments:

grant said...

GO SIMON!!!

GO VELOCAKE!!!!

Simon said...

I wish I could go faster!

KatieCake said...

You rock! :)

Well done on another ace race and another great write up.

VeloCake said...

was that a pavé-d or a paved start? a pavé-d start would be cool.
Zeer Belge.

VeloCake said...

All this team spirit (Grant) is making me a little weepy

Simon said...

No pavé unfortunately.

Are any other velocakers racing this weekend?

VeloCake said...

no not this weekend. interval sessions tomorrow, ready to open a can of woop ass on Morse at next weeks finale.

Simon said...

Interval sessions? You're taking this a bit seriously aren't you?

VeloCake said...

yeah i was thinking of shaving my legs. :P

Simon said...

That's a fine plan ;-)

grant said...

I might be racing tomorrow, I might not.

It's a long story.

Simon said...

Ooo ace Grant. Do it :)

VeloCake said...

go on Grant. do it for the rest of us. go! make us proud.

grant said...

I don't have a suitable bike.

Crossbike is in bits and hasn't had the new mech, chain etc fitted and the clogging issues haven't been sorted.

I spent this afternoon building up some sort of rigid forked, skinny tired 3x9 MTB beast and got pretty far with it. However, The front brake doesn't work and I snapped the bolt in the SFN when tightening it and don't have another SFN.

Simon said...

It's just one excuse after another Grant ;-)

grant said...

It feels like it sometimes. :-/

If the brake is fine after a pad swap and I can sort something out re the SFN (there *is* a plan B) then I **will** give it a go.

Simon said...

Woohoo :)

grant said...

I need to get the buggered SFN out though...... :-D

trio said...

Sounds a good race, shame I couldn't make it!

trio said...

Sounds a good race, and hey I had chainsuck last week!

Simon said...

> and hey I had chainsuck last week!

Look after your bike a bit better then ;-)

Bugger, just realised mine is still in the car covered in 7 tons of mud :(

trio said...

You brought merseyside mud home to Lancashire? Shame on you!

Simon said...

I brought a pebble back from Cornwall as well. I am a bad man.

trio said...

Send it back now!!!!

KatieCake said...

Do you mean the tiny "jelly bean rock" I gave you as a souvenir. That was a present from us and the Cornish coast and if you send it back we will be insulted!

trio said...

That's ok if he wasn't stealing this time!

Now today he needs to take the mud back to liverpool!

Simon said...

I am not going back to Liverpool. It's bloody miles away!

Anonymous said...

... and full of Scousers! ;)

Simon said...

Indeed!

VeloCake said...

VELOCATE, can you not get them to spell the bloody name right for once. illiterate scouse halfwits

Simon said...

I change it on the signing on sheet every time, doesn't appear to make any difference :(

grant said...

Well, today I was Grant Doyle of Velo.....Velo....VELO CLUB.

It doesn't even look like cake!!

:-/

Simon said...

Yes, everyone knows that a club is a biscuit. Morons.

VeloCake said...

just wait. the time will come when we will leave those dumb fecks in our wake and become more powerful than they could possibly image!

VeloCake said...

and who hell grant doyle?

grant said...

Grant Doyle is some bloke with shocking handwriting.

VeloCake said...

didn't used to present crimewatch, or am i thinking of someone else?

grant said...

Opera singer or tennis player by the looks of it.

grant said...

More rambling from somewhere in the pack here:

http://www.septimus.org/blog/?p=1459

Simon said...

> VELOCATE, can you not get them to spell the bloody name right for once.

I have send someone a polite email to see if they can rectify the situation :)

VeloCake said...

yeah sock it to'em, tell them how to spell.

Grant you should stick something on here you racing hero you!

grant said...

I don't have the ability to post on here! :-)

I did link to my blog up there... ^^^^^

grant said...

Ooooh....what's this e-mail?

/He-Man

I HAVE THE POWER!!!!

Ahem.

I'll post shortly. Apologies if it bears a resemblance to a post on another website. :-)

Simon said...

Still not managed to find any piccies from the race. Was going to update the post with some, oh well.