Posted by: Mike
What an absolutely cracking day out. The race was held in Dudmaston Wood all the way down in Shropshire. This was an important race for me as prior to this I was leading the Midlands XC overall series by 12 points clear of Chris Bailey of Swinnerton Cycles. Having only raced three rounds though, I needed to race to be eligible to win and I needed to keep any deficit under 12 points.

I'll admit to being somewhat worried going into the race, mainly as I have been concentrating on training for the Helvellyn Triathlon I have on Sunday! Long steady state TT style training is something of an antithesis of the short sharp accelerations and climbing found in a typical XC race!

However, despite not having the best race I still walked away with the Series win!


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Posted by: Mike
I feel kinda bad about forgetting to update this anywhere near as much as I should, but in my defence - I'm a new (and very proud) Dad!

Since my last update (In May, whoops!) I haven't been racing as much as just being a parent and getting used to being a Dad. A new job in south Leicester has given me a 32 mile round trip so I've slowly been able to start sorting out my training plan ready for next year and getting a bit of training in for the last few races I have left this season.

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Posted by: Dave
Hi, I'm guessing by the fact that youíre here, reading this article that you already know a bit about me. But because Iíve got your attention, why not abuse that right and use it to let you know a little more. So Iím Dave. For a whole 18 years I was brought up on the urban streets of Crossnamuckley in Godís own country; Northern Ireland. My next door neighbourís house was a field, and so was the one next to them. It wasn't long before my brothers and I were out causing chaos on bikes. I'm not entirely sure on how it happened, but somehow Mum and Dad convinced us that going to the local races would be more fun than our own longest skid competitions (it wasn't)!

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Posted by: Jodie
After an MSG free July, I was looking forward to this one. Thetford feels like my home ground, plus it's only an hour up the road so I was already looking forward to not having to get up ridiculously early on a Sunday.

I arrived at 8.30am to sunshine - the weather was perfect. Having signed on and said a few hellos I set off for a gentle pre-ride. The course was very open, with only a few short bits of single track and one steep drop off. This was a race for the roadies - not my ideal as I still struggle with my stamina on the open parts.


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Posted by: Jodie
The Norwich 100 is quickly becoming a favourite in my yearly cycling/race calendar. Whilst (thankfully) the 100 isn't a race, it is a huge challenge to take on and one which I hope to, year on year, get better at.



This was my second attempt at the 100 and I was looking forward to it - the forecast was great (unlike the chilly weather on the coast last year) and as a bonus, I wasn't doing it on my own. I ride with a wonderful bunch of riders called Kamikaze Velo whom I've been riding with for almost a year. Gemma was doing the 50 and myself and Simon the 100.

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Posted by: Tony
After my first years racing in the Open category and a few good results, this year I made the step up to the Sport category. The first race of the season was at Rendlesham Forest. Now, only having 26" wheels this year, which I thought would be a big problem against all the 29ers, and despite being my first year in Sport, my target for the season was an ambitious top 20. Apart from my training partners not finishing the race - Nick Hayden having a mechanical and Gavin Wheeler spending the afternoon in the ambulance - for me the race went better than expected and I met my season target in my first race coming a respectable 20th!

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