I'd been really looking forward to the Western Summer 'Cross League. 'Cross season is never long enough and the idea of racing after work really appeals. I couldn't make it to the first round, last week, so was raring to go. My knee is still not quite right and I've got a cold so I wasn't quite sure how I'd go so I headed out for a practice lap. The course was fast but with a couple of really tricky sections and a lot of hurdles. Looked fun and my legs gave me some confidence. The start went well, I got in to 4th from the first corner but then over ran the second, losing a few places. I managed to get back in to 4th over the first set of hurdles and the first technical section. I rode on Rob Lee's wheel for the first lap but then overtook him on a long slight climb. Then there I stayed, 1st and 2nd slowly pulled away from me but I put a couple of minutes in to everyone else. Unusually I was pulling away in the straights and not keeping enough speed in the corners. Not enough time on the 'cross bike I guess! Anyway very happy with 3rd place and some obvious room for improvement. Roll on next week!
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