Below is a short report from Lee explaining how he got into cyclo-cross
In 2014 after watching too much Cyclo-Cross on TV/uTube I decided the cycling N+1 rule applied and I bought a Norco Cross Bike. Reality soon kicked in and after a year of not using the bike I decided it was now my Winter bike. Don’t tell the Mrs.
Fast forward a year and I started to think how could I keep my cycling fitness in the Winter and have a good base for next Spring. I’ve also been inspired by other Club Members who have been Road Racing in 2016. So, after a bit of research I found the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Associate, which are part of British Cycling, and my Cross adventure began.
The YCCA organise around 20 races from September to January and this January they are also organising the National Championship. There are also leagues local to Harworth in Lincolnshire and Notts/Derbyshire. You don’t have to ride all events and can dip in and out as you please.
Cyclo-Cross races are run on age categories, so I fall in the 40-49 bracket and take part in the 12.45 race which also includes Juniors and the Senior race, which is 23-39 year old’s. Later in the day there is a 50+ race, with the oldest competitors in their 70/80’s! Did Pete ride…
So far I’ve completed 6 races and been pleased with my effort, if not my positions. In the early season the courses were mainly dry, so I found my road strength and overall fitness came into play. However, as soon as the mud came it’s been more about staying upright and picking your way around very slippy courses. At many points in races it’s quicker to get off and push or carry your bike! You don’t see that too often on a Club Run.
Cyclo-Cross is really good training as it’s maximum effort for an hour and there is no drafting. My average Heart Rate for a race is around 165bpm and max’s out at 177 ish. Also, there’s so much variety in courses, so you really improve your bike handling.
Cyclo-Cross is a very social event and family oriented. In the morning there are numerous Kids age races and there is also a Women’s race later in the day. As mentioned, there is a wide age range, so open to all. There is normally a “Go Cross” race and I’ve seen lots of Mountain Bikes used too.
My best finish has been mid-pack and in the Overall Standings I’m 19th out of 90 odd (this is mainly driven by the fact I’ve raced most rounds and some riders only do 1 or 2, but the table doesn’t lie!).
I’m doing two more races in January, one in Ilkley and one at Wentworth Castle Gardens on the 22nd Jan.
Cross rides really compliments Road Cycling and breaks up the Winter months. It gets you used to maintaining harder efforts and working at generally higher intensities. The only down side is you do spend lots of time cleaning your bike.
Although Cross is a traditionally a Winter Sport most leagues run a midweek Summer Series too. This would be a great introduction to Cross, as it should be dry, less technical and play into the hands of Road Riders.
WELL DONE LEE – we must have a ride to watch you in action in 2017
Dates for the Calendar.
16th December – Club Xmas do and award ceremony. 7am Blue Bell Ranskill. Please inform John Owens if you wish to attend. Menu below £17 per head, partners welcome (only one per rider).
Cleethorpes – 10th July 2016
Next event for the calendar – long ride to Cleethorpes 115 miles at a steady pace, full day event..
We are starting the TT’s next Tuesday 24th May..
Signing on from 18:30
First rider off at 19:15
HQ Blue Bell Pub – Please note the pub car park is only available for TT marshalls. Please can riders use folly-nook lane or park on the road near the start.
Please check the website on the day – late afternoon to confirm the event is still on each week.
Excellent day for “Tour of Yorkshire” – Good attendance to see the races through Bircotes and Harworth, pity not seen on IT4 coverage. Below are a few photos from the day..
Obviously we all had a good laugh..
BIG EVENT – HDCC SUNDAY RIDE – 17th April 2016
Special Ride : Contact Lee or Bob
Excellent achievement from Jack winning the Velo 29 winter series round 2, cat 4 race at croft, North Yorkshire. Picture below on the podium.
XMAS DINNER AND AWARDS
The Xmas do this year was held at the “Blue Bell” at Ranskill – I great time was had by all.
This years award winners were:
Members rider of the year – Lee Wild
Most club rides – John Owens.
Most Successful racer – Robin McKinnon
Life time achievement award – Pete Lees.
February 22nd – Tom Simpson Memorial Ride. Start time 9:30 from Harworth pavilion, signing on from 9:00 ‘Its not a race!’
March 15th – Big Red Ride
March 29th – Cheshire Cat Sportive.
April 5th – HDCC Spring Road Race – Ray Levers Handicap
April 12th – Brigg Sportive – Paul Kirk North Lincs Cyclosportive
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Master result sheet (click heto open in Excel format)
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