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Crystal Palace: one for the scrapbook

First week of the massively popular Crystal Palace Tuesday night race series, held in Crystal Palace Park. I got nerfed and then struggled to stay on the pace from the outset so ended up racing in a grupetto which was … Continue reading

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Women’s race at Smithfield Nocturne 2009

A women’s race has been one of the big missing components from the Smithfield Nocturne‘s first two editions. But in 2009 that is set to change with the announcement of the Women’s Elite Criterium in the programme. Having recently started … Continue reading

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First race at Hog Hill

As a race venue Hog Hill is exactly as described: there is a hill, it is an absolute pig. The Redbridge Cycle Centre is better known as Hog Hill and it’s developing a reputation as a tough but exciting circuit … Continue reading

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Return of the DNF

Second race of the Beyond MTB Spring Crits, second DNF of the year. I was planning on getting out of the habit this season after a relatively successful start to the year and managing to get round in cyclocross races. … Continue reading

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Plastered at the back

The Beyond MTB Spring Crits at Hillingdon are the sort of races I have to do – a test of attrition with the 2nd Cat boys hauling along as foolhardy 4th Cats like me try to cling on to the … Continue reading

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No shame in losing a race

With a typically cruel irony Tuesday’s race at Hillingdon was a disaster. Having written an article in praise of Malcolm Elliott’s Experience over youth, I (and the rest of the field in the fourth cats) got a proper kicking off … Continue reading

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It’s the same old song

“Away you go then” Keep in among the first third of the field for the first few laps and get a feel for the pace. I’m making sure I’m strong out of the corners, trying not to do too much … Continue reading

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I made it round! (almost)

For the first time in an eternity I managed to make it round the traditional four laps of Richmond Park without dropping back a group. Admittedly, I trundled into the car park a fair way back from the group after … Continue reading

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It was going reasonably well…

Sunday down at Eastway again, this time for a straightforward novice race. Apparently last week’s one was a fast race and so it wasn’t me being plain rubbish. By contrast the pace in the novice race was far more manageable … Continue reading

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A classic first race experience

Armed with the accumulated advice from various clunmates I tootled down to the Lea Valley Cycle Circuit, better known as “Eastway”, this morning to take my first crack at criterium racing. I took me an hour or so to get … Continue reading

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