Monday, 4 January 2010
Tod Cross, Belgy styleee
The frozen north
If you weren't there then you missed the opportunity to stand around for 5 hours in a snow covered field at temperatures ranging from -2 to -10, there was no facilities, no food no shelter no toilets, the sun soon dipped down, there was stares from the locals who were resentful that they couldn't let their hounds off the leash.
It were right shit.
er, no actually thats completely wrong.
It were reet brilliant, just like milk, best race of the season for me as a spectator.
From what I heard only one serious injury (unfortunately a broken ankle to the under 16's ladies national champ !) a fair few close calls but the course was generally very rideable after the cobbled climb was taken out due to the close proximity of next weekends national champs.
There was grommets with dugasts, there was oldies riding mountain bikes, there was Ben on an old sit up and beg, all sorts of folks bothered their arse's to get out and ride on what could be described as a FRICKING FREEZING day, put me to shame they did.
Despite the presence of "herecomethebelgians.blogspot.com" there was a reluctance by the majority to take advantage of the Belgian beer hand ups providing race fuel, we even resorted to chip ups to try and entice the lower ranks to stop and enjoy the race from an easier place, Goon, Oli and Ant all took full advantage of the offerings but the rest of the field gave a poor showing.
And, if you look carefully beyond the beer and chip in the photo's above you'll see a potential velo caker riding by on each and every occasion, Tim didn't stop for either beer or chips, he'll have to do better to earn his jersey !