Cyclocross

What’s next?

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I have one last road race before the end of the ‘road’ season (Rockbeare Road Race, next weekend) and then it’s 100% cyclocross season!

Plans

I will be focusing on a series of national competitions; the National Trophy series and also the Rapha Supercross events. These will take me all over the country and will require some long hours in the car. (I am not sure Tom quite comprehends what he has agreed to here…).

Last season I rode one round of the Rapha Supercross series and surprised myself with a third place finish. (I truly didn’t think I had done so well and even went home before the presentation as I had finished my beer and frites and felt all important matters had been concluded….). In various rounds of the London league I also raced against national level riders and set corresponding lap times with them so I am confident of a reasonable performance at a national level.

On my ‘spare weekends’ I shall also compete in as many of the South West League races that I can get to. These are regional races so much more local and will provide a good opportunity to measure myself against the local talent as well as practise and evaluate my skills in preparation for the next national events.

Finally, I shall wrap the season up with the National Championships in January. This should leave me with a strong base of fitness that can be maintained through the early spring before sharpening for the new road season.

Highlights

Here are the main events of my season:

Date Event Location Notes
28th Sept CycleShow CX NEC Birmingham
12th Oct National Trophy 1 Shrewsbury
19th Oct Rapha Supercross Skipton, Yorks
25th Oct Rapha Supercross Alexandra Palace I came 3rd here last year!
26th Oct National Trophy 2 Southampton This is kind of on the way home from London…
16th Nov National Trophy 3 Durham A mission and a half to get to from the SW!
30th Nov National Trophy 4 Milton Keynes The World Cup is on the same course the day before!
7th Dec South Regional Championships Newton Abbot
14th Dec National Trophy 5 Bradford, Yorks
4th Jan National Trophy 6 Derbyshire
11th Jan National Championships Abergavenny All the big boys and girls come out to play

Rapha Supercross Series 2012 from RAPHA on Vimeo.

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