Bit of a late race report but never mind. Another trip over the 'wrong' side of the Pennines to race in the Northwest League, along with ex VCer Mr Barnes, in Bolton at Levenshulme Park. I raced here last year and the course was like the 'Somme' but there was no chance of a muddy race this year, the temperature had been well below freezing for several days before, so the ground was like rock!
I made sure I didn't miss the start of this race and in the usual scrum for the first corner seemed to do ok and stay just above mid pack. The first icy rutted descent was 'interesting' and my MTB skills seemed to be useful in keeping the bike going in the right direction. The race was going at a fast pace because of the hard ground and i managed to latch on to a few riders and this helped me work my way up the field a little further. I had a great scrap with another rider for most of the race, i'd pass him on the technical bits, steps and hurdles but he got me on the fast flat bits.
Towards the end of the race i started to get tired and cold, there is only so long you can keep warm when your racing and the temp is -3 but it was a brill race and my result was my best yet, 28th out of 98 and 16th Senior :-)
As here's me with my race head on, picture taken by Whiteflyer Photography