Saturday saw many riders of all ages descend upon Falfield, a bit outside out Bristol to race on the well-known U7B course. The weather was great and somewhat warm, meaning that skinsuit clad men and women would feel a bit less cold as they cut through the morning air as smoothly as they could. After a quick rekkie and set-up of the course we were ready to have riders head off, with Tom Hall, club alumnus, being pusher. Freddy Carlton had the opportunity to start the event off at 9.01 sharp as first club rider and put in a rapid time of 23 minutes and 4 seconds, putting him down as first club rider, with Hugh Brashaw coming in a close second (23 minutes 16 seconds). As the racing progressed faster and faster times flowed into race HQ via text messages, until the W word was mentioned, this belonging to Dean Robson who blasted through the course in 20 minutes 41 seconds, with Billy Oliver following him in second place with a time of 21 minutes 11 seconds.
During the race the HQ was dead empty, but once done everyone flooded in and anxiously awaited results, and occassionally even took over the event organizer's chair.Cake was nibbled at and tea was drunk until the arrival of the timekeepers, who confirmedt the official results. After this it was a matter of handing out the prizes for each respective category, although some of the recipients had already disappeared, perhaps in search of seconds lost on U7B. All in all it was a great morning, and as event organizer I would like to thank everyone who raced, along with the marshalls Tom, Luke, Ted, Ben and Fred, and timekeepers Doug Gale and Sheila Edwards - everyone helped make the event a great success! Also a big thank you to Bike UK for providing some excellent prizes and a mechanic for last minute tune-ups on the day.
We are a large and eclectic club consisting of approximately one hundred and fifty riders who enjoy riding Road, Cross Country, Downhill, BMX, Street, Cyclo-Cross and Track.