A look back at 2014 Cyclocross Season

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Image courtesy of Andy Whitehouse

The cross season is almost over, and good grief I’m looking forward to some “normal riding”. In the mean time it’s the last push towards the National CX Champs in Abergavenney and with Christmas around the corner I can’t wait for some shorter working weeks! Whatever happens in Abergavenny, it will be fun and it has to be better than last year’s Champs where my health wasn’t so good and I blew a tyre off the rim in the first five minutes.

My 3rd Cross Race at Ally Pally Rapha Supercross 2012
My 3rd Cross Race at Ally Pally Rapha Supercross 2012

I never intended on getting quite so stuck into a cyclocross like I have, it was a suggestion from Garry Palmer as a winter training add-on… And at the time I was getting to know the bike shop Brotherton cycles, so I bought a Specialized Crux and had a crack. I found that with the evolution of XC mountain bikes making the racing becoming less technical and a little drawn out at times, I just loved the filth and fury of CX, not to mention the local nature of the events.

Two years on things are going well. 2014 Season objectives: Win the 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race and the win the West Mids Cyclocross league. Both boxes ticked! It seems easy whilst sitting in front of the log burner, Christmas lights on, reflecting. Of course none of it was easy; it’s taken a great deal of emotional as well as physical energy, not to mention the absolute necessity of support from relations whether professional, personal or casual. For just like most of us, I had injuries, work issues and financial balances to maintain, (granted, I have no children to deal with). Ten months ago my situation was dire, it was absurd to think that these things would be possible (that’s a story for another time) but I bloody did what I set out to do…

Bradford National trophy 2014
Bradford National trophy 2014

Back to the now, focus to maintain, three weeks to go and then I can take a deep breath and put my feet up.