Thursday, 15 October 2009

Andy is night star...

Club member Andy Cockburn won the 2009 solo category of the "Dusk to Dawn" MTB race in Thetford forest. Andy came out on top of 130 solo competitors after 12 hours of non-stop MTB racing in the dark. An indication of his apparent domination was that he beat the 2nd placed solo rider by more than 38 minutes!

It´s also worth noting that Andy finished the season ranked 19th cross-country racer in the UK.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Cambridge Audax

The Cambridge Audax is a bit of an Autum fixture. However, this year was a little bit different. Mike Stapleton (Cambridge CTC) had run the 100km Audax for many years but had decided to retire as an organizer. Simon Proven (Cambridge CC) stepped in and took on the challenge of organising this years event which ran on 27th September.

Before going to the start at Hinxton, I first went to the clubrun start and cajoled quite a few people in to riding the Audax. We 'wasted' a bit of time riding from Addenbrooke's to Hinxton by taking a non-direct route so we did not get to the Audax start too early. Tea an buscuits set me up for the start at 10am.

The pace of the front riders is usually very quick and this years event was no different. I found this out the hard way by stopping to take some photos at the top of the hill in Barley. Despite chasing very hard, I never saw the bunch again - thanks!

Most of the 60 riders that entered sensibly decided to take a bit more leisurely pace and make best use of the lovely weather that Simon had arranged for the day. Wall-to-wall sunshine.

I usually ride almost non-stop, but with one exception. By tradition, one of the controls has a bun stop - gert big Chelsea buns with lots of sugary goo, see the picture. I am glad to say that Simon had continued this tradition with a bun stop at Gravely (south of Huntingdon).

For me the final leg south was very fast, having joined a couple of riders that were just a bit too fast for me. I was OK on the flat but a small drag through Knappwell finally finished me off. Graham (Luton CC?) kept me company for the last few kilometres.

The HQ in Hinxton was a welcome sight, but not as welcome as the tea an cakes that were inside. I cannot write without mentioning the date and walnut cake which had to be one of the best cakes I have ever tasted. I bought three slices so sorry to anybody that arrived back late only to find none left.

Another great Cambridge Audax. I hope Simon (final picture). puts it on again next year and makes that cake again!!

Words and pictures by Terry Dickerson.

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