First cross race of the season and it was hot, dry and sunny. This year Molly Cameron has organized a new series using many of the existing smaller venues. This is exciting, as it provides a nice alternative to the outrageously popular Cross Crusades. The end result was a sizable crowd for such an early race.
At the start I got a call up (because I pre-registered) so this put me at the front of the line. However, I fumbled to clip in and was quickly back 5+ riders. (see photo – that’s me on the far right)
Once settled in I new we had a long run-out before the twisty turns, so I went all out, and quickly found myself in front. I’ll be honest I was a bit surprised – but delighted at the same time. I held on to the lead for about 3 laps when Joe Santos passed me. (He beat me every time in short track) I was gaining on him when, after a barrier, I dropped a chain. It took me about 15 seconds to get it back on, which was enough time for 2nd place to pass me. Once back riding I tried to track them down.
In the end I held on for 3rd – a great result in my book.