A few brave and hardy souls managed to attend the first of the club’s winter warmer XC races at Cannop. Near freezing conditions welcomed the entrants but at least the difficult course conditions meant they soon warmed up once under way. Although some sections rode well there was plenty of mud in others which was either treacherously slick or just plain sticky. The U8s and U10s had fun on the short course but the older categories had to work harder to get around the full length circuit.The main hazard for most wasn’t the drop off but the ditch crossings on the bottom dam loop. I won’t name and shame but somebody in the vet class managed to go over the bars several times at the same point (will receive some fettling with the spade for next time). Everybody made it back in one piece and seemed to be smiling at the end.
Notable rides were from the Oldfield’s (Redditch RPCC) in the U8s in their first MTB race looking to carry on riding after the CX season and Well done to Malvern Riders Jack (U10) and Matthew (seniors) for coming down and showing us how it’s done. RDFCC’s Harry and Ollie rode well for class wins and Lee finch in the seniors (Velo Vitesse/ALLCAP/Push) posted some good lap times to take the win – Sorry Rob N. James M has to get a mention for slogging it through on his single speed rigid half fat Jones (weirdo) to win in the vet. Well done everyone for competing and giving it a go, it was great to see RDFCC riders doing so well overall.
Thanks to Alan C for helping with Timekeeping and admin, Martin G and James M for first aid cover and especially to Alan J, Mike A, Neil G and John L for marshalling out on course all day and leaving me with a few biscuits at the end.
Next race 15th February, hope to see you there.
|Oldfield||Redditch Road&Path CC||Finish Time
|Lap 4||Lap 5|
|Redditch Road&Path CC
|Malvern Cycle Sport||00:21:33
|Matthew||O’Toole||Malvern Cycle Sport||00:59:17||00:11:42||00:11:51||00:11:51||00:11:56||00:11:57|