Now that the dust (or the mud) has settled it’s time for a report.
What a day! 390 riders entered the final round of the Leicester Cyclocross League at Misterton on Sunday hosted by WVCC, the largest entry in a LCXL event since the league was formed. The best of cyclocross was on show as riders from 5 to 75 years old raced across the day, with private battles between friends and rivals from the front to the back of every category in every race and final league places being fought for. The venue was buzzing.
Some late changes to the planned course to avoid early sprouting bulbs didn’t spoil the racing. The racers experienced a number of diverse features as they raced around the Misterton estate in the winter sunshine. The U9s and U12s raced around a shortened course on the main field and the soft peaty surface of the adjacent woods. The other categories left the main field to race to the far end of the estate on the tarmac path before turning on to the lake shore on gravel before a dead turn onto a short stretch of single track before a steep ascent on the track around the top of the estate before diving into a flowing twisty rooty descent through the middle woods with some dead turns through the trees and followed by a climb through the woods before turning into the top field. The top field proved decisive. It had been laid out with multiple downhill zigzags on soft grass downhill turns with tough downhill slippery off-camber turns through the mole hills which developed throughout the race. It was then onto a fast gravelly section before turning into the top woods with some difficult turn on leaf mulch before returning to the top field for the finish.
Thank you to everyone that made it happen, in whatever capacity, club members and friends who volunteered, league officials, commissaires, Mrs Craven for letting us make a mess of her garden and of course our lead organiser Kevin Mills.
It was a blast and we can’t wait to do it again.
See link to results.
Also see link to the LCXL facebook page for hundreds of photos