Race report: 8th/9th December
Saturday: Central League
Adam on (hell in) Hillingdon:
On days like these, I wish I had stayed in bed. Round 11 of the Central League was at Hillingdon and the rain during the week had turned the course into a quagmire. One section was literally under water. I don’t like mud and this was a test of technical skill over fitness – one in which I failed. I didn’t fall off, but I probably wasn’t going fast enough to do that. I ran quite a few sections including a notorious corner that saw lots of fallers and a very slippery off camber descent. My studs were my saviour! I survived it and in hindsight kind of enjoyed it. Gridded 59th I finished 63rd. I am 42nd in the League with 3 rounds to go.
Sunday: National Trophy
Part 1 – Enrico on Anoushka’s race and Gary being awesome:
It was an incredibly early start on Sunday for me and Gary. With the potential for him to pit/wash bikes/help during Anoushka’s race, we were off by 8 AM, with Gary very gently picking me up at my place. Undeniably cool levels of support that would be sustained for the whole day!
Once at the course, it was time for strolling around, chatting and supporting the racers. First and foremost, Anoushka rode brilliantly: after a great start – she was in second place at the first corner – she got tangled up in a messy situation that left her around the 13th position after the first half lap. Unfazed, she smoothly worked her way back to 6th, through constant high pace rather than big digs, and kept that place until the end of the race.
Part 2 – Gary on the boys youth races:
In the the first race Alessandro Sella, Ollie Griggs and Jack Emerson took to the start line but were gridded way down the field. Despite this and being held up on the two brutal bridges they climbed four times each, the boys worked hard through the field to finish creditably with Alessandro highest placed and Ollie and Jack having a battle before Ollie pulled away on a tough, windy course late on.
In the U14 race our lone rider Serafino Sella battled his way round on a course with technical sections and long, tough headwind sections. With hurdles, bridges and a log as well as a tough stair section Serafino coped well and continued his excellent form this year.
Part 3 – Enrico on… Enrico:
Surprising myself and everyone else – including the camera-wielding Gary – I had a very good jump off the start, and managed to make up a fair few positions. By the third turn, though, I was back to my “natural” position, i.e. about last, and set to fight with the other back markers.
Once again, the support was great, with Hannah pedaling to the venue and providing plenty of support – and scorching hot takes on the shipping forecast and the status of various radio personalities, Oli acting as soigneur, and Gary being the chauffeur, photographer and all-around backbone of the entire experience, making everything possible!
And with news on some friends of Hub Velo…
Tony, reporting from the pits in the senior mens race:
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