28th February 2016 I am done!
What a great few months of Cross racing that was, a few good dry races with some nice sunshine at the start of the season.(Haugh-Cross, Beveridge Park GP) Then the mud fest started and I now get the true meaning of “Riding Cyclocross” (Lochore Meadows, Plean). January brought with it some snow/ice to start off the new year (RGCX), which then thawed out taking us back to mushy grass and mud (Doonbank, BPGP The Return). The final race was back to drier conditions (Dig In At The Dock). Pretty much going full circle.
From my first race, way back at RGCX 2015 I knew this was a great form of bike racing. I have done a few races since then, every race I get to know more faces from Facebook groups. I can now happily turn up on race days on my own knowing that I can wander about and people will stop and chat. I will always remember racing Callender Park, hearing a few people shouting “Go, Bryan“. It felt good people knew my name and were encouraging me on. I try my best to give the same back when other people are racing. As it could snap you out of the dark place in your racing brain, spur you on to win that battle of mid-pack or the difference of having a finishing place instead quitting and receiving a DNF.
Other Things I Liked
What I enjoyed over the last few races was the Competitions in the competitions.
HTCC guys with their little league going on. Definitely not the league of Gentlemen! They were all out to get one over on the other. The last few races it was all to ride for, I am not sure who got the win, or what they won! It seemed a great idea for inter-club bragging rights. Happy Trails Cross Collective take a click see how the madness unfolded on Facebook page.
The other competition that was ongoing was with David Hamill and Owen Philipson and maybe some others, not so sure what happened to the prize/booby prize. (if you could call it that) It was more like a relay baton of shame being passed about!
If I am right it went like this, the person in possession of this baton (pumper) was to pick a victim (pumpee) Race would commence and if the pumper finished above their pumpee, they would be PUMP’D! Simple yet something you don’t want receive or talk about at on a Monday morning at work probably.
Not sure who the final person getting pump’d was and I wonder if that bottle got cracked open or will be passed on next season?
Maybe something on Scottish Cyclocross Facebook page.
Other good thing is the amount of people going to the races, taking pictures and also shooting some great footage of the races. Onboard with GoPro’s and then adding on footage from the side lines. Some great images from the Scottish Cyclocross Flickr Group. HTCC TV has some good footage on their YouTube channel.
First race I done was RGCX, there was Beer HandUps! More of these please! I fucked up and punctured on the first 100 meters of RGCX 2016 and didn’t even get to Beer Hand-up Hill. Gutted! See a lot of this in America, Dollar bills, new cycling gloves even open cans of beer being offered as hand-ups. Get me some of that!
Roll on Cross Season 2016/17! Can’t wait!