National Trophy round 5: Derby College

A great course brought a satisfying result to a slightly off the boil cyclocross season for me. Dan Alexander had worked hard in designing an interesting course that was made very hard by waterlogged grass, turning to thick, sticky mud under all the wheels and feet going over it.  It turned out that each six minute lap had about 90 seconds of running on it – which would have suited me fairly well in theory, but I was a little bit off the boil with the tail end of a cold.  I finished 24th – my best National Trophy result – which should have pleased me but I know that the field was a bit depleted and some good riders didn’t finish because of mechanicals, etc.In the end, I was caught and lapped a lap and a half from the finish by a flying National Champion Phil Dixon, and soon after by team mate Rob Jebb who finished in another excellent third place.

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