Monday, July 12, 2010

Beaconsfield XC

Much like the Castlemaine XC last weekend, its been a while since i raced Beaco. Always good for trails out there and over the years they've expanded the trail network heaps.

Arriving early i scored the #1 raceplate...

The practice lap seemed to take forever with the majority of the course singletrack. Great loop with single trail climbs, lots of techy bits and minimal fire road.
Again i went in without any real idea of how i'd go pace wise but with last weeks good results i was ready to push a bit harder.
A quick lineup and rollcall then we were racing. The young guns were off like a rocket but i managed to settle in around 5th or 6th.

With majority singletrack, passing and drinking was tough. I took advantage of some "gaps" in the undergrowth on the trailside to pass and by lap 2 was sitting in 4th. Brenton from Torq, James Peacock and Sam Chancellor ahead. Through the start/finish i overtook James and Sam to be on Brentons wheel. We kept the pace on and dropped them.
For the rest of the race I was chasing Brentons wheel. Sometimes right on, sometimes chasing, always looking for a spot to jump over. Sadly i couldn't get on at the critical times and also missed a few opportunities. In the end we finished as we had ridden most of the race, Brenton 1st me second.
Pretty happy with the race and my current form, lap times were very consistant and i felt strong through the whole race. Next time we go harder again.

the fro continues...

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