2019 was a successful year for the ever growing band of club off-road racers. The club had a significant presence at most the league events and the High Wycombe Gazebo and supporters became quite a feature of the events!
Top results for the year were a league win for Caroline Goodman in the Ladies Vet 50s, with Dena taking 3rd in her first full season. Jeff Roberts consistently threatened the top 10 in the Mens Vet 50s, and finished the league in 11th position.
Jonathon Chadwick won the battle with Chris Ford to take 18th in the Vet 50s,, with Chris in 21st. Phil Porteous followed them in 37th.
In the Mens Vet 40s, Jon Atwood took 65th place, and Ana Legin was 14th in the Ladies.
Mark Ainsworth placed well in the (Senior) races he got to, but also struggled with mechanical issues and ended up 28th in the league.
Paul ‘Cipo’ Morrissey continued to race and support with total commitment, with Tony Eva also now a regular on the scene. Matt Dunsbier, Toby Ingham and Stuart Twigg made a few appearances with Sally White also briefly dipping her toes in!
Ruth Abra and Bobby McGlue joined the crew on occasion, with Bobby making fast progress up the grid and hopefully they will both feature next year.
This season has had a bit of everything. There has been dry, hard courses, wet courses, mud, bumpy courses and hilly courses. Each event brings a new challenge and new cx skills are learnt week by week. A few of the team have now started using the ‘pits’ and helping each other out with bike changes/cleaning. Throughout the season there has been a great atmosphere, both around the league (Central Cyclo-Cross League) itself and also the High Wycombe Team. Cyclo-cross is reputed to be the friendliest and most inclusive bike sport of all and I think everyone who has raced this year will agree with that.
The club are regularly mentioned for their visibility and support and are often asked why we don’t run an event. We plan to try again to secure a fixture for the 2020 season, continuing to drive forward the Cyclo-Cross movement in the club.
The season is essentially over now as Caroline and Jeff’s attempts to race the Nationals in January have almost certainly been thwarted by (minor) injuries.