UCI Masters Cyclo Cross World Championships

It’s fair to say as a club we are pretty proud of our chair Rob Kennison who took on the UCI World masters cyclocross on Friday. His unlucky habit for starting at the back of the grid continued but despite that he rode an epic race. His report is below.

On Friday I rode the UCI World Masters Championship at Trinity Park in Ipswich in the 55-59 category. A full field of 70 riders took the line for the 40 minute, 5 lap race. Gridding was drawn at random and I was very disappointed to be drawn at 62 in the 10th row, close to the back. My only strategy was to give everything from the start and hope to find space to move up on the 200m tarmac start straight. With rain all morning the flat course was slippery and it was a struggle to judge just how fast you could take the corners as many riders found to their cost. I managed to find gaps from the start and in spite of a few sketchy moments I kept things rubber side down as I moved up to the front half of the race. Having moved up well I was hoping to hold my position, but on such a wide track there were lots of opportunities for my rivals to overtake as I paid for my early efforts I faded to a final finish position of 44th.I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the race and was incredibly proud to pull on my Medway Velo skinsuit and represent the club on the world stage. Next week I have the National Trophy at Cyclopark on Saturday and the Clanfield Cross in Hampshire on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Velo UK

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