Strap extra wheels to back. Why?
Justification: I’m racing at Addington Park. I’ve been told it’s grassy. I’m not confident in the Continental cross tyres I’ve got on. So I carry the other wheels, which have Conti Speed Kings on. Which have a bit more of a knob, ha, on them. Which gives me some confidence, whether this is real or not, in my “gripping ability”. (Stay with me, this is gripping stuff).
I ride into work with wheels on back. I ride from work (Elephant and Castle: current situation FUCKED) to Addington Park.
I get there. I realise I probably could race on the wheels I already had on, but I swap them anyway.
Hello Steve. Hello Andy.
Let’s do some circles to chat and “warm up”. WAIT! ANDY! COME BACK!
Oh. I need a piss.
Let’s line up.
That Vicious Velo kit is banging.
There are lots of people here today.
AND WE’RE OFF!
OOh. Ah. this is fast. Up the hill.
WOAH TECHNICAL CORNERS. WHY ARE THEY ALL OFF CAMBER??
PLANKS. OH FUCK. That dismount was shit.
WOAH MORE HILL.
DOWNHILL OFF CAMBER.
OOOH MORE HILL.
FUCK ME WHAT IS THIS? TIGHT CORNER WITH A BANK?
MORE DOWNHILL AND CORNERS.
Repeat that (8 times?).
It was fun, but I think I bonked about lap 5. When I saw 3 on the lap counter I picked up a bit.
I had a couple of races within the race (meta) and even a sprint to the line. There was a crash and which led to the course changing mid race. I couldn’t work out where I was in the race after that. Dead FUCKING LAST. Is probably about right.
As I got tired, I found myself moving over to let the faster people through. I think I probably let more than the faster people through, but I don’t really care. They’re racing for points, I think I’m racing for experience and fitness.
This is my 4th or 5th bunch race. (1 failed road race, 3 or 4 cross races). This was definitely the hardest one, even harder than Herne Hill on single speed. I found out that I’m not fit enough, still/yet, and I could do with sorting out dismounts and cornering. Only one of those facts surprised me.
Here, hopefully, are some photos. I look so tired. I WAS. And I think this was only the first or second lap.