The problem with deciding to race just in the Winter, is that the ongoing Summer race chat makes you feel a tad twitchy. So I found myself trekking down to Bristol last Wednesday. The Ridley- Western Summer Cross Series has been running for a few weeks now and it has been in the back of my mind as a possibility.
The whole affair had a laid back feel, with a great group of people. I had a brilliant evening, riding a good course with a nice mixture of tricky turns, steep off camber sections, roots, steps and the added bonus of electronic timing.
Racing in Pro Vision colours for the first time, I finished first in my age group with a sound performance. Whilst I am not a big advocate of racing all year round, I must admit the occasional off season race certainly adds a bit of spice and keeps me motivated. More importantly, I have made some new friends who I know I will meet again for a bit of cross bike action.
Thanks guys and gals. It was lovely to meet you and yep the FlanRou on September 6th looks fantastic .
There are two races left in the series, so if you are down that way why not give them a whirl? https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/130080/Western-Summer-Cyclo-Cross-League-Round-9
FlanRou CXSportive, the Sunday after round one of the SW Cyclocross League which has a floodlit final. Both start from the same venue with overnight camping http://flanrou.com