Well folks, despite a shaky start, puncture on the first lap! I or rather we did it. My son Alex in his first race ever and completed the course. He enjoyed every minute. Me, well I have to be honest and say I was suffering and when I punctured a lap and a half in I…….Almost gave up. Probably would have if not for a very insistent club colleague saying “I’ve got a pump in the car over there. Why don’t you ride the rest as training” I’m really pleased I did because despite technically not completing the race(I removed my race number) I rode around at the back riding the first lap easy and then getting my racing spirit back found some competition. My adversary and I fought to the last lap he keeping me away until I finally caught him on the last climb.
The great thing about any form of group cycling whether it be the weekly ride with friends or a race like mine is that sense of belonging to something very special. Once in a while you make a friend(s) which is a bonus. Cyclocross is definitely one of the toughest cycling disciplines but it doesn’t matter that you’re at the back or at the front its your ride. The people are friendly too particularly the excellent folks that give up their time to organise these events.
Alex and I will be back racing NECCL round 3 at Meadowfield Sports Centre near Durham. Its great for all abilities from novice to expert, young to old. There is their website at http://www.neccl.co.uk and Facebook page @NECCL- north east cyclocross league. You can race on a mountain bike also, I wouldn’t recommend a full suspension bike however.