Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Round 2 Yorkshire Points: Northalleton

Another grass crit which should have been fast and fun but turned out rather differently. After a rather odd start with some weird channeled grid compounded by the odd request "Will the top 8 from last weeks race, you know who you are, come to the front"!

The rest of us waited but that was it and those unlucky enough not to have jumped into a channel early were way back:-/ So a desperate start trying to make up places and going well into the red but almost back to a reasonable position as we come through the finish are for the fist time. Unfortunately with such a big field (103 again) a rider stalled just ahead and the ensuing jam led to me tangling with the heavy duty tape (not the stuff you can rip out of). More time lost and another lap of chasing hard. In one way this was good training, lots of overtaking and no places lost until I wiped out. Twice. Both errors caused by just trying to push it too hard on a corner and later a banking. The second one resulted in the rider I recently overtook running me down, not his fault at all as there was nowhere for him to go. So my worst placing in a CX race (33rd) but lessons learned. In contrast Nick W had his best race and beat Nick E by a few places for good measure and rightly so as Mr Elder is defecting to Dirt Wheels before even joining HCtB! I'll lace his wheels up like a set of Osymetric chainrings ;-) John had a good race too creeping up the order on his new tubs.

1 comment:

  1. Yes it was a good do - I enjoyed it and it was good to be back racing again after the month or so's lay off. 87th out of 99 finishers is pretty good for me so am pretty chuffed - although I didn't beat my nemesis. Next time... next time....

    The new tubs helped with the enjoyment factor. It's always nice to be trying out new kit.

    Also, it was my first race as a Vet, so another milestone reached.

    Good day all round really