Round 11 – Milton Keynes Bowl in the mud, cold and Diamond Dust! Lots of running up the side of the bowl and sliding back down (Remember when you were kids?!). Bobby McGlue is getting deeper into the CX scene now and rapidly climbing the grid, with another improvement here. There were many decisions to make today – even some of the flats were faster to run and there’s always the gamble of speed v safety on the off cambers. Another very different race, all adding to the HWCC CX team’s experience!
Vet 40 Bobby McGlue 35th
Vet 50 Jeff Roberts 14th , Jonathan Chadwick 17th, Chris Ford 25nd, Phil Porteous 45th, Paul Morrissey 58th and a DNF for Stuart Twigg
Vet 60 Tony Eva 6th
Vet 40 Ana Legin 9th
Vet 50 Caroline Goodman 1st, Dena Ford 3rd.
Jeff Roberts and Caroline Goodman headed back to Stanborough Park for the British Cycling Regional Championship. This is quite a different day to our usual league races with smaller fields overall and even smaller for each region (the event is combined with Eastern Region). The course changed dramatically during the day with Jeff’s first sighting lap involving quite a bit of running. By the time he raced, the course was drying and rideable and with only one bike change he had a good ride until a few mistakes in the last lap. This still left him nicely placed 7th in the Central Region V50 (and 16th on the day).
Caroline’s race was a bit disrupted with some accidents delaying the start and causing a reduced length race. The course was now almost completely dry. Another poor start with cold legs left her chasing for the first lap, with the added pressure of only having 30 minutes! The race soon settled down and while she couldn’t catch the youngsters, the end result was a satisfying 2nd ‘Vet’ overall and less satisfying first in the Central V50s, as the field was rather limited!
Round 12 – a long journey to Corby for the last event of the league, with the ‘finish every event’ mugs to play for! With only the Fords after the coveted mug (and the long drive), there was a low Wycombe turn out for this event, a shame after a successful season of racing and supporting. A tough and muddy course with some very challenging sections was an interesting finish to the season and Dena took a 2nd place in the Vet 50s with Chris placing 39th after rolling a tub early in the race (but having to finish….for the fabled mug!).