Downpour doesn’t deter

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After a spell of dry weather which promised to bring good fast racing for the Cyclocross League at Milton Keynes Bowl, the heavens opened on seven Leighton Buzzard Road Cycling Club riders.

The Veteran Men (50+) were gridded to set off first and the field included the reigning World Champion and LBRCC’s Miles Walker and Carl Keen. Julian Thrasher set of next in the Veteran (40-49).

As Thrasher had raced Senior mens last year he foolishly thought that Veterans would be easy pickings - how wrong he was. Thrasher was gridded well from last years results and made it to the first corner in the top ten.

The pace was high given the conditions and to be fair, the odds were stacked against him staying on the bike, a point proved on the third lap when someone crashed in front of him on a steep grassy turn leaving him nowhere to go but to join him face first in the dirt.

This knocked Thrashers gears out of alignment making it very difficult to shift and dropping him through the field. But he got his head straight and finished the rest of the race without incident.

Thrashers overall placing was 35th out of 50 in the Vets 40-49, with Carl Keen and Miles Walker placing 17th and 18th respectively in the Vets 50+, Chris Wren finished in 32nd place in a hard fought Seniors race despite technical issues with his new bike on the start grid.

Neil Green got LBRCCs only top ten by placing 9th in the Novice with Steve Bland and Ross Andrew Gallagher bagging 12th and 15th places. A great time was had by all and hoping for better placings at the next round in Abingdon.