Cyclocross season review

I was meant to be racing yesterday but the weather decided to ruin it and bring my season to an abrupt end. So I used the time to write my cyclocross season review.

I thought I’d split it into the two leagues I had raced in – the Notts and Derby League, and the Leicestershire League.

NDCXL

I raced 11 rounds with 3 top 10 finishes.

As always, I had a slow start to the season (my focus for the summer is to be completely ready for the first few races of the cyclocross season). My best races came in the middle of the season and then my performance dipped in the new year – I’ll blame Christmas and revision for exams.

My best result was 7th at Berry Hill park, which is a course that seems to suit me as it’s been one of my better races for the past few years. It always surprises me because I seem to make up time when running through the mud, despite not being a quick runner.

My favourite race was definitely Holme Pierrepont because of the mud! And because I beat some of my ‘targets’ for the season in that race.

Overall, in the league (female), I finished 7th, which is my best position yet.

LCXL

I raced 6 rounds, with 3 top 10 finishes.

This season’s Leicestershire League races have been scattered with mechanicals, but I finished every race. I punctured at Misterton Hall and ran about a mile to the pits (which is a long way in cycling shoes and with a bike). I had a slow puncture and broke my shoe at Mallory Park.

My best result was 3rd at Mallory Park – where I broke my shoe. There’s a whole blog post on that here

I can’t decide which race was my favourite – I did enjoy the Mallory Park race, or there were 2 races that ended in a sprint finish, which I quite enjoyed as well. Basically, I just really like racing on my bike!

Overall, in the league (under 23 female), I finished 2nd.

East Midlands Championship

The only other race I did was the regional champs at Misterton Hall, and I punctured again. Luckily I had less distance to run this time, but I spent most of the race chasing riders who had overtaken me whilst I was running. I was less than a minute off the podium, which was slightly annoying (I lost about that much time by puncturing) but that’s racing.

Another race at Misterton, another puncture (📸: Mick Bown)

Overall, I have had a great season and I can’t wait until next year. Until then, I’ll be having a break from racing and then getting back on my mountain bike.