One of these factors involved the buying of a house. But now I have a shed, and all the cross bikes can go in it, so, suddenly jumping on the turbo has never been easier -though I'm a little way off having some form of permanent set-up, but it's a start.
I first went to Penshurst Off Road Club on my Raleigh Lizard when I was 12 or 13, when it was nothing more than a sprawling mass of forestry and Rhododendron bushes. As it is still predominately a DH venue, the format for Addiscombe CC's race rarely changes from year to year, it is mostly a question of heading down one of the descents and then winding your way back up again. I've always enjoyed racing there as it can be pretty tricky and although the race is never won on the descents, it can (as it was for many yesterday) easily be lost.
The sky was blue and the ground was frosty and boggy. Everything felt to just be working a bit better and I rode mostly on my own from the first lap. I came home in 10th place, at the back of a line of usual suspects, also beating a few riders who I haven't been close to for a while.
pic by Aoden Higgins
1 Sylvain Garde Addiscombe
2 Darren Barclay Arctic SRAM at 1 56
3 Matt Holmes Arctic SRAM 1t 1.57
4 Chris Dick London Phoenix at 2.29
5 Jules Birch VC Londres at 2.53
6 Jack Finch PM Racing at 3.47
7 Mark Smith Crawley Wheelers at 3.48
8 Phil Glowinski VC Londres at 4.03
9 Phil Lenney Active
10 Ben Spurrier Vicious Velo