Weekly update – 6th September

It was a busy weekend for the racers of the Medway Velo.

First off on Saturday, 5 September were team mates Michael Stanley and Sally Smith who travelled to Reading for the Trail X off-road MTB duathlon.

The event involved a 3.1km run followed by a 18km mountain bike and then another 3.1km run. The courses had been designed by off-road experts with twists, ups, downs, a jump and more roots than you can shake a stick at. It made it fast for the nimble and a challenge for the less technical.

First back was Michael who managed 23rd place in a packed field. Stopping the clock in 1hr 37mins 27secs. He also had the fastest transition of the day in just 20secs from bike to run.

Sally finished in 1hr 50mins 23secs good enough for 5th lady and 3rd in her age group (vet female).

The following day Sally was joined by track secretary Alex Cook in Winchester for Battle in the Bowl – a gruelling 2hr cyclocross race. It involved the off road riders taking on a 8 hair pinned descent then a grassy climb which was followed by a gravel climb.

Conditions were good making it a dusty affair and as the clock ticked down the 100 plus riders were all looking exhausted.

Alex rode strongly taking 39th place in the senior men’s field. Sally finished 12th overall female and second placed vet 40-50. It was encouraging to see over 20 women racing.

Next up for the team is Lee Kingston dipping his toe into the multisport scene with a duathlon at Cyclopark on Tuesday evening. Good luck Lee.

A huge thank you and well done to CX Sportive and Trail X events for two great races which were all socially distanced and run safely.

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