So…here it is! I am now two cross races down into this “season”. Here’s roughly how they went… The first race weren’t so fantastic, but I learnt a hell of a lot very quickly! All be it my second off road ride in about 5years, since I last rode cross. It was at Hilly Fields, Colchester on a fast, dry but technical course. What a way to start! bomb holes, roots, loose ground and tight woods. At least I could make up time on the straights! I was actually gridded nicely, in the centre of the third row, although I was rather soft off the line and gave way a few places. Before hitting a long steady drag where I hit the power, come off the racing line and started barreling my way back up towards the top ten. Then it happened. BANG! Oh shit! My rear tire was flat immediately. So that made for a long run to the pits, while every single person came cruising past me. I made it round to the pits, losing as little time as possible (it was a LOT of time), managed to get a wheel of someone, I think my exact words were “well that was 1minute 56seconds of fun!” Then began the trek of working my way through people to try and get as close to the front of the race as possible. I gradually started to pick people off, and the final result saw me in 32nd. Not to bad from a 60-something man field, seen as 2minutes in I was 60-something! Race two. This time at Welwyn Garden City. Awesome! All my mates are there! So that made it an awesome day, I got to catch up with all the guys, some I hadn’t properly seen since last year. This time the course was incredibly different, Open with little technical work, but it was absolutely hammering it down with rain. So during sighting laps the course was not that bad, you could take the corners fast and there was minimal sliding. But come race time and the previous races had cut up the corners it was a different story! Letting out some PSI pre-race was nessacery…according to Tom, I have no clue what I’m doing!