|Team VC perfect photo opp|
After a brief exchange Mikey set off on his warm up lap, whilst Andrew drove off in search of a parking space. Minutes before the start we regrouped and Andrew dropped a bomb-shell. “Who’s that other chap in the VeloCake kit?” WTF? Where?
|"Old Relic" - new directeur sportif.|
Woop woop. This was gonna be great. The VeloCake massive were in full force. This was one of the biggest VeloCake South West turnouts since Ivybridge. (Pete had bought his teenage daughter for support - obviously watching Dad ride round in circles is much better than homework.)
The race itself soon got underway, with a bizarre twist that saw cyclists start the course going the wrong way down the finish/start straight and then doing a u-turn to go back the right way (Apparently, to thin out the ranks for the first tight corner). Despite these precautions some poor bloke managed to come off within moments of the start line.
The race carried on as usual – the fast elite lot were fast and elite and the field quickly became strung out with those top riders dropping everyone whilst the rest jossled for position. To my amusement after picking his way through the mid-field Mikey found himself just behind one of the two female riders; the South Wests own MTB legend Maddie Horton. He stayed with her for most of the race, (he is adamant he wasn’t staring at her bum) until she accelerated off in the last few laps. On the last lap, he did his usual trick of picking off as many riders as he could to make up ground, finally catching back up to Maddie and finishing 23rd overall and more impressively 12th Senior rider.
|Peter The Mundane goes backwards through the field|
Hope to see all you North Western lot there.
(BTW better photos @ Aminthule's Flickr)