Sunday, 16 November 2008

Cross is...

a challenge of organisation. We failed the challenge today and it was only with help from others that we got sorted for a trouble free race. So, first the roll-call... Gibbo and the family Gibbo:

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008


The family Millar (of Ruby Millar fame) for jet washing and chats in the pits. I'd like to hear you heard her name here first, but that would be a total fabrication. Let's just say she's got class:

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008


+ Graham for his support and jet-wash offer.

Our races were trouble free but not necessarily what we'd hoped for. I went well and felt I was able to drive all the way though for a top 20 finish (i think... and I'm just starting to get used to racing for 70 min with no drink. The trick is to enjoy the taste of your own sweat). P was not on top form and battled to 6th. Cycling is funny like that, good days and bad days with no real explanation. Sometimes you line up feeling crappy and grumpy and you just ride well, others you line up feeling crappy and grumpy and you ride crappy.

The biggest lesson of today was the organisation needed. For us both to race (and try and compete) at a Nationals with no helpers is extremely difficult. To race without your own jetwash (and try to compete) is very difficult. To try and do either without the help and goodwill of others is totally impossible!

So, this is the photo that sums up today. No view of the race, not warming up or relaxing knowing you have plenty of time for the start... nope, just fetchin' water :)

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008

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