Cyclocross is here…

It’s here… the 2018-19 Cyclocross season has started and Magspeed Racing came out flying, with riders taking to the start line in both the Western League and the South West League. Nick Blight made his Team Orange debut down in the South West at Powderham Castle and Sam Smith, Mike Brunsdon, chief pit man Stu and Scotty Chalmers took to the start at The Boating Lake in Gloucester. A very fast-paced race in Gloucester saw Mike, Sam and Scotty lead out the massive grid of eager riders – it was a Magspeed 1-2-3 for lap one. The boys kept a high pace and heading into lap 2, Sam and Scotty took off, never to look back! From then on the gap grew and the Magspeed teammates worked well together, taking it in turns to lead and keep the pace high. With a lap to go, it appeared that Sam had the legs to force a small gap, so Scotty settled for second and they ended up coming home with nearly a two minute gap to third place.

Back in the thick of it Mike and Stu were battling away all race long, both having strong rides and managing to bring home decent results, Mike with a strong 6th place in the senior race.

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Meanwhile, down in the South West League, our new boy was ripping it up, leading early on and despite problems, bringing back a very decent result… see Nick’s race report below…

A midweek cold left me feeling low on energy going into Sunday’s race – having said that, my warm up felt good. I had a good start and I found myself in the lead on a long fast course around the grounds of Powderham Castle. All was going well until a rear tub punctured mid-way through the 3rd lap. Riding with a flat for half a lap didn’t do the legs any good. My daughter was on hand for a bike swap and I set about trying to claw back lost positions. In the end, I finished 4th senior – a few seconds down on third and it was good to be near the podium so early in the season. Roll on the Mud.

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Magspeed were also being represented up north with Scot Easter riding in the Scott MTB Marathon in the Peak District, a tough day out which consisted of 4hrs in the saddle and 7000ft of climbing!

September has started with a bang for the team! It’s a long season ahead, but we’re pretty happy with how it’s started! Roll on next weekend…

 

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