25 October 2010
13 October 2010
My brother Phil's just updated his blog and posted his memories of the 2010 race. It was great to see Phil back in the race again this year after an exceptionally busy 2009. He rode his first event a year before mine - in 1994, and I remember riding round, supporting him on my road bike, which he eventually had to take from me at Ribblehead and complete the race on after a mechanical (complete with road bike tyre clearance and 28mm cross tubs!)
This year's race was an enjoyable outing for him and he got to within spitting distance of a PB after all this time, but his enjoyment is far more than performance-measured...
It was unusually social event this year, finding myself around lots of old 'mates' - one classic moment there was a line of myself, Matthew Bardgett, Sam Clarke & Carl Nelson all riding in a line across the top of Whernside - I quiped 'if we see a pub we must stop for a pint'.Phil's blog of the 2010 event is below. Click on my brother, my neice, or either of my nephews!
12 October 2010
Simon, a frequent contributor to this blog, sent in this wonderful report from his 2010 race....
The instant switch from pinballing off rocks to riding smooth, flat tarmac is an extreme one, almost like coming in off the storm lashed deck of a ferry into the warm cosiness of the bar. No such comfort for me though. My fried legs have to keep going for another couple of miles to the finish. Cramp hits again and again as I stand up on the pedals to clear a rise in the road.Abusive Relationship - 3 Peaks Cyclocross
11 October 2010
London cyclocross site Cross Crazy has published a first timer's blog by "Delia of the Dulwich"
My attempts at running training seemed to have been in vain as I was soon scrambling on all fours up the steep bank.Click on the shiny sun to read her tale
10 October 2010
Scott Brown has posted 167 Chapel le Dale and Ribblehead photos from this year's race. Thanks to Paul Myers sending the link in via NECCL
See the photos here or click on the rather handsome chap below with pursed lips. Sort of like Sean Connery c. 1967. But on a bike.
08 October 2010
Don't know if I've already blogged these - I'm losing touch... some great 2010 photos from Pete Hartley here.
Click on supervet Jim Thomas, who's taken some time out to show passers by his front wheel.
04 October 2010
My brother Phil hit the race again this year after a year out and pulled out a good ride.to finish within spitting distance of his PB. Phil's family (aka my sister in law, nephews and niece!) were supporting Phil and the motorwind on the Nikon camera was working well...! Phil's family shots of the day including a photo of one of my more pleasurable pints are here on his Flickr page
Click on that bridge thingie just behind Phil.
03 October 2010
Great read here from Chris Riley on his club's website
During my attempts in 08 and 09, I began to stretch my abilities on the descent to frightening new levels. Short sections of complete lack of control were buoyed in my faith that speed would carry the body of the rider across even the worst of terrain. And to some degree it worked beautifully with a new understanding of how the really fast descenders are able to seemingly float across even the most impassable of terrain.http://www.willswheelscc.co.uk/node/1052
01 October 2010
Cycling Weekly have run a photo feature on the 3 peaks this year. In line with their policy of keeping racing well away from the forefront of their mag, you need to leaf to page 76 to see the 95 word report.
Still, their new page 6 stunna below makes up for that. Phwooargh.
Our friends over the Pond CXMagazine have put a report on their website about this year's 'peaks.
This area of Yorkshire features windswept moors and rock strewn paths, and as you climb, mist can engulf you in a moment, and the cold can cut through you like a knife. For the 48th edition the sun shone, but still the wind blew and riders were minded to be careful atop the peaks; people have been known to get blown off of them in the past. All competitors must carry a survival pack just in case...
We still can't subscribe in the UK to CXMagazine('s paper version) but if you can get hold of a copy, the paper version's great.
Read their 3 peaks write-up here