What a cracking Easter Bank Holiday it was – amazing weather, lots of riding and racing for our riders! Good Friday saw Becky don the Magspeed skinsuit again, this time at Hog Hill, Sean take part in the Castle Combe Easter Classic, and, on Easter Sunday Stu, Sean and Scotty headed to Round 2 of the Southern XC Series at Chekendon.
It was a tough day out at Hog Hill for Becky – she got into the mix against a busy grid of women, in what was a great turn out for the women’s Good Friday race at the challenging North East London venue. Becky gave it her all but didn’t quite come out with the result she’d hoped for… onto the next one – it’s a long summer and there’s plenty more racing to come!
Sunday saw some of our boys head to Checkendon for Round 2 of the Southern XC MTB Series. A scorching hot day in the countryside near Reading on a cracking Easter Sunday first saw Sean and Stu take to the grid for the ‘Sport Men’s’ category in what was the biggest grid of the day! Our boys both had strong races on the tough course which had minimal ascent, but a lot of technical, and rough, physically demanding, sections. Sean used his time trial expertise on the long, flat, rough sections to put the hammer down and pull places back and work his way up the field. Stu was having fun just a bit further back, in amongst it and battling all race long. Our resident pit man had ‘slightly’ tired legs after deciding to do a 300km audax the day before – not your normal pre race ride! With a flying last lap, Sean made up four places to come in over the line in 8th place, a storming ride – Sean’s second race of the weekend after riding in the Castle Combe Easter Classic!
Last race of the day was the Elite/Expert/Junior race and Scotty took to the start line, to his surprise, first on the grid. 14.15 came, the whistle blew and the bunch flew off to the first flat-out section across the rock hard, bumpy field. A half-decent start by Scotty slotted him into the top six safely, but he couldn’t quite go with the pace of the leader. As the race went on, he managed to get into a good rhythm and start to make up a few places and up to 4th place by the end of the roasting-hot race, giving him some good points towards his series’ campaign.
This weekend, there’s a bit of a break in racing for most of the team – but we’ll be back to the tracks at the end of April for more orange fun!