National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Round 5, Derby

Glorious mudGot a bit of a kicking today in the final round of the national trophy. I don’t mind saying that I’ve struggled to train properly since the new year, and I’ve been hanging on a bit to fitness rather than pushing myself.

It showed today at Derby College, where I didn’t really get the best from the sticky, muddy conditions. Where I might normally have found grip, I spun, and where I might have ploughed on with a bit of momentum, I foundered. In short, I didn’t have the best ride; like last year on the same course, I was lapped with only 50 minutes of racing covered, and finished a bit uninspired in 28th position. It’s a tough sport and you can’t get by on luck and a bit of residual strength… lesson learnt.

On the plus side, it was a good day for my Wheelbase team mates, where Rob Jebb finished third overall on the day and overall in the Trophy series. Lewis Craven was 5th in the series (I think, at the time of writing), and finished a good 7th on the day.

I was also 25th overall in the national trophy series, which is something to be proud of.

Another season over, and a chance to stop training and start just riding and running when I feel like it!