It was a cold, grey and wet morning when some of Team VeloCake set off towards Plymouth for the South West Cross finale. Numbers were higher than usual, it wasn't just Mikey with me cheerleading... we had been joined by Simon and his soigneur/cheerleader, Nicky.
After a slight detour when our SatNav decided to fail, we arrived at Central Park in Plymouth. Thankfully, we had left the rain in Cornwall and Devon provided us with clear blue skies. Sadly, the wind was fierce and bitterly cold. Many layers of clothing couldn't keep the chill at bay, but our boys are tough and nothing deterred them.
It was a short and compact course, covering two fields. It was tight, fast, twisty, uppy, downy and impossibly greasy in patches. With climbs a plenty the boys were bound to excel.
In accordance with Cornish and Devonian traditions, the race started late, giving plenty of time to warm up. On the start-line Mikey sneaked in behind the fast boys at the front of the field whilst Simon seemed happier nearer the rear. It was a fast start and the first greasy off-camber corner into climb had a few riders immediately off their bikes and into the tape. Not our boys though. Mikeys prior experience of becoming entangled in the tape at the at this point last year gave him an advantage and he positioned himself accordingly whilst Simon picked his way through the mayhem.
By the end of the first lap, the leader (a young whippersnapper from the Hargroves team, had seen off any competition. There was nobody anywhere near him. In fact, within those first few minutes he was practically about to lap the back riders. Kids, eh? Someone obviously doesn't eat enough cake.
Mikey and Simon were also doing well and looking determined. They were on a mission. I have never seen Michael look so focused. It was like he was super glued to the usual front-runners, in fact he was in front of some of them. He continued picking up places and moved up the field and Simon consolidated his position with consistent lap times.
Is it just me or is something missing from Mikeys legs??
On the last lap Mikey had a near miss with a bulldog wandering onto the course and there were a number of similar incidents throughout but Team VC avoided any collisions and they both finished in one piece. Mikey managed to do an outstanding 10 laps and finished 10th in the seniors whilst Simon held on to finish as the 20th senior - which wasn't DFL like he had anticipated. - there were at least 3 others behind him.
Whilst all this was going on, there was more VeloCake action up North at the Tod Cross. Family sensation, "Team Kershaw" were out in force waving the VC banner. Tim finished an impressive 24th and an extra big congratulations goes to our two tiniest members, who finished 19th and 27th in the Under 12 category. I'm sure Tim is composing his blog post as we speak.