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Thetford Winter Series Round 4

posted 27 Feb 2015, 14:01 by Walden Velo   [ updated 27 Feb 2015, 14:02 ]
With the more road orientated side of the club heading to the Victoria cc audax, the clubs representation at the final round of talks he Thetford Winter Series at Brandon CP had dwindled from previous events. Representing the club were Gary Byford and Nick Laing in the 2 hour race along with myself, Andy Cockburn and Greg Herring in the 4 hour races.

The weather was warmer than predicated and although there were a few muddy sections the majority of the course was dry firm and fun. Thankfully it stayed that way for us right up until the end of the 4 hours when the drizzle appeared and then quickly turned to icy rain.

Andy proved that having a 2 week old daughter was no excuse and set off like a scalded cat from the hooter and riding comfortably with the leaders until lap 4 when a tyre failure put paid to his race and his aim of taking g the overall series win. Much further back I was suffering my own version of hell. Too many holidays and not enough training, secret or otherwise, had left me with the kind of legs that normally qualify you for a blue badge and a zimmerframe. I had long since given up racing for the day and was happy enough to complete the 4 hours down in 6th place. Thanks to Andy's retirement this was enough to secure me 2nd in the series overall. Greg was having a storming race in the 4 hour vets race finishing in a season best 10th place.

In the 2 hour race Nick finished a solid 8th, just missing out on a 5th lap while Gary completed 3 laps.


This may well have been the last race in the series but as winter turns to summer the first round of the MSG summer series looms large next weekend. The first round is being held in the far north near Kings Lynn before the second round comes to our doorstep at Carver Barracks. These are great opportunities to dip your toe into mountain bike racing so if you fancy a go check out the MSG website or have a word with one of the clubs many mountain bikers!
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