Round II of the London X league went off well for Excel and VCJ, we had 9 riders across the different age groups.
The course was twisty with lots of punchy straights and little steep sections to get the heart pumping, there were steps, hurdles, big Bob Hill and a concrete step as well!
It was heavy on tyres and a couple of our riders suffered mechanicals. Ferdie Parsons in youth B punctured but still managed 7th after running in the top 5 for most of the race, in the youth A Bill Demuth also suffered a mechanical but managed 12th place regardless.
In the juniors we had two riders; Loz Coyle came in 8th after riding a regional race on the Saturday where he got third! Ollie Rogers came in just behind in 10th.
Steve Kane was slightly suffering from a big night out (he even forgot his kit!!) but came in 32nd in the Seniors. John Tindell started ungridded and was going pretty well until a crash slowed him down. "It's cyclocross, after that I just enjoyed myself and treated it as a training ride."
In the vet 40s, Jezz Shotter was 22nd and Paul Wilson 31st. Paul did very well as he was not gridded and Jezz also went well, coming home in front of quite a few of his rivals. Jez Parsons had a great race in the Vet 50s, after a poor start that saw him getting boxed in he fought his way back through the pack on the first lap to lead the race and stayed there to the end scoring his second victory of the season.
We'll keep you up to date as the season progresses. To get the inside track, have fun and improve your fitness you can join our CX training sessions 18:30 on Tuesdays at Water Hall Rugby Club.