Pretty long drive down to Thetford from here in Manchester, but there seems to be a lack of winter series up north unless your into your CX.
After registering i got out for a practice lap just making it back in time for start, seemed pretty dry and fast which was a surprise after the weather we’ve had. I was gridded in 20th as i missed the 1st round, I knew the weather forecast was going to change to extremely grim so i had a waterproof jacket on, my shimano goretex winter boots and fully waterproof gloves, all i was worried about was getting cold feet and hands.
As the race started so did the rain, and straight away someone rode into my rear wheel snapping a spoke, sorted it out and started to race, a few lads got away out front and i was sat in a group behind. Around 3/4s round the 1st lap i attacked and got a gap on the group and managed to pull a nice lead on them.
The 1st 2 laps were quite good and i held my 4th place position, as the 3rd lap started the course had been churned up and was starting to become a mudfest, i had a few close calls coming into corners to fast but managed to keep upright and keep my position.
On the 4th and final lap 3rd place had a mechanical enabling me to take his place and with a comfy lead over 4th managed to finish the race in 3rd. I was 5 mins down on 1st with a time of 2 hours 26mins.
Shaun managed a very reasonable 12th place.
Top event and hopefully will like to make it down to the final race next month.
Thanks to Liz and Emma for coming down and standing in the rain and taking pic’s.