Round 15 | Wilmington | 2nd February 2014
- Weather: sunny
- Course: Thick mud. Off camber
- Highlight: surviving
Although I came into this race full of optimism and the night before I had a dream, and the day before was the Worlds it just wasn’t enough. Before the end of the first lap I wanted the race to end. It was so tragic even my Garmin gave up and died.
It was like battle. Proper old fashioned trench warfare. I just wanted to be in bed.
The mud was so thick and claggy that I had to carry a trusty twig in my back pocket that earned its place at least three times a lap. My wheels became so clogged they wouldn’t turn. Perhaps having disc brakes would have helped. Someone pitting certainly would have. A second bike even more. But we can’t all be pro.
But let’s focus on the positives. It was sunny. I wore my sunglasses for the first time in a century. It wasn’t cold. I had new shoes. And the shoes have teeth on them, like an evil rabbit, for chewing the ground. I have named them The Mudbiters.
It was a good job I had The Mudbiters as I ended up doing a lot of running. And so did everyone else.
Photos by John Mullineaux
Some people pulled out and finished early but thankfully the bell lap eventually arrived. I was thirsty. My bike was completely clogged. Time for cake and home.
|Pos||Name||Team||Time||Lap 1||Lap 2||Lap 3||Lap 4|
|1||Holly McMahon||Team Darenth||56:28:00||13:18||13:40||14:11||15:17|
|2||Hannah Ormesher||North Road CC||01:01:07||14:27||15:16||14:45||16:37|
|3||Alice Miller||Look Mum No Hands!||01:05:37||14:15||16:13||17:15||17:52|
More photos here
Full results here