A busy weekend sees me travel up to Birmingham to take part in my first national level event at the Cycle Show. Despite less than super public transport I have an enjoyable race and catch up with bike people!
My first CX race of the season is on a grassy course in sunny Somerset. Steady lap times see me come home in second place.
As a road season finale, I try my hand at an 80km road race. It's suitably tough and has the better of me before the end. Here's a story of a forlorn battle to summit an endless climb.
Konrad Manning of Cyclocrossrider.com has asked me write a few columns over the coming season to document my ‘cross escapades. Here is the first instalment!
In previewing my cyclocross season I realise I'll be all over the country - there would be definite benefits from relocating to Yorkshire as all the races appear to be here!
Training pays off - chain-gang confidence coupled with turbo power sees me stay at the fighting end of the race, competing for the podium. The 9th round of the SW series is my best yet.
It's coming up for the start of the cyclocross season so it's time for me to start sharpening up my 'cross specific skills. This time I focus on remounting.