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British Cycling XC Nationals RD.4 – Cannock Chase

British Cycling XC Nationals RD.4 – Cannock Chase

My home race is one I always look forward to, family, friends come to watch, it always gives you that little bit extra and as we know, extra in XC racing can really help!

I practiced the course on Saturday and honestly, I was a little disappointed in the layout, for me Cannock is about the rock garden and with this feature missing, it was a little shock to the system. However, as always the course is the same for all, so we just get on with what is presented to us.

My home race is one I always look forward to, family, friends come to watch, it always gives you that little bit extra and as we know, extra in XC racing can really help!

I practiced the course on Saturday and honestly, I was a little disappointed in the layout, for me Cannock is about the rock garden and with this feature missing, it was a little shock to the system. However, as always the course is the same for all, so we just get on with what is presented to us.

Sunday arrived, I felt good, the weather had gone a little moody, but it was perfect for race day, the temperature had dropped and a little bit of overnight rain helped the course, it had given the loose surface a little more grip, I found the course way better and really enjoyed the changes.

I warmed up as normal and headed off to gridding, it is always nice to see the girls I am racing against, and we had a chat and a giggle before we call up.

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I lined up on front row and awaited the start, the commissionaire blew the whistle, I got a good jump and clipped in quickly but my legs just did not want to play the XC game, I rounded the first turn in fourth, not shocking but not anywhere near my normal quick starts.

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For the first part of the lap I chased hard, relaxed and allowed my legs to arrive to the situation, on the first climb I made a quick pass into 3rd and got my head down, the lead 2 had pulled away a bit, I just tried to attack the course the best I could. As we entered the event area for the first time I had closed about a 5-second gap to second, I made a quick pass on one of the few overtaking spots and quickly entered the next single track section to avoid any attack, at this point, I could not see the leader.

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I crossed the finish line to start my second lap; there was a 22 gap to first place. I rode my own race, attacked the course and to my surprise the leader was in view. I continued to push and as we started the third lap I made a pass for the lead, we rode together for the final lap, I tried my hardest to put a bit of a gap between us. On the final climb I was out sprinted, I crossed the finish line in second, my best result at a national and although the win was so close, I was mega happy with my result.

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Big thank you to everyone who supports me, next event is Woody’s bike park Cornwall 25th & 26th June.

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Mazie Moo Moo
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