After much positive feedback in 2014, Dave Hales did it again and put together another fantastic cyclo cross promotion at Hillyfields in Colchester. There were familiar faces racing for VC Revolution in Andy Crowther, Ian Fraser, Mark Frost and Mark Wingar. They were joined for 2015 by Ian Pearson, Darren Cousins, Paul Thomas and Chris Gooch.
Matt Holmes was on top form in the Seniors race and led home Grant Martin and Dougal Toms by a little over a minute. Paul Thomas was first home for VCR in 17th place.
Andy Crowther and Ian Fraser resumed their usual cat and mouse game in the Vets race finishing 39th and 45th respectively. Mark Wingar was first home for VCR in 21st.
Ian had this to say about his race.
Dave put together a great course. My start was hampered by the inevitable bottleneck and then hampered further by people falling off in front of me. Once the first lap was out of the way I spent the rest of the race catching and passing people. Finished 45th which was a little disappointing but felt i raced well.
Darren and Ian Pearson had the good fortune (or misfortune perhaps) to be racing in the Seniors and here are a few words from each.
Revolution Cross marked my return to racing, 10 years older and more than 15kgs heavier. Apparently that makes a big difference. 1 hr 8 minutes and 7 laps of relentless pain later I had achieved my primary goal; not finishing last.
There’s already talk of winter training plans and crash diets. On to the next race by which time I will have forgotten how much it hurt.
Darren has been racing more recently but this race could well have been his first in a while that has not involved either fancy dress or a Brompton. He did a great job of looking entirely non plussed by an hour of suffering.
Well, what can I say. My first ever cyclocross race and I realised it was not a walk in the park. Hilly Fields seemed to become Hillier Fields after each passing lap. I was not on form but it was such a great event that I am hooked and determined to do better at the next race.
Lastly, the illustrious Dave Hales and ‘those’ socks. Fetching.