Great to see our club president return to competition after an enforced break from competitive cycling due to covid restrictions and health issues last year.
The Castle Douglas cyclocross event was billed as flat with a few hills- an ideal opportunity, you would think, to get back into cx gradually. However, the heavens opened the night before the race and what should have been a fast, relatively flat course, ended up as a mud fest, with mud over sock height in many places. This is where experience counts – a spare bike and a pit crew meant a ‘clean’ bike every so often helped cope with the problem of wheels that don’t turn due to the amount of mud the bike was collecting. Long laps and the mud resulted in only a 3 lap race with much more ‘running’ / walking than normally expected.
Pre-race aims were limited to not finishing last in the ladies’ race so finishing 4th in class and 28th overall in the female category surpassed expectation and showed encouraging signs for the next race at Kinniel CX this Sunday.
Catherine is not our only CX competitor this season. Darren made his debut at a tough event at Irvine a couple of weeks ago.