A Very Good Day

Sometime back in the summer of 2018, when I was constructing my training plan for the upcoming cross season, I set myself two goals: To beat my previous time in the 3 Peaks CX race. To get on the V40 podium in one or more of the Scottish CX Series races. Well, I smashed myContinue reading “A Very Good Day”

Training for Grit (or, What I Have Learnt from the Superquaich)

I love the Superquaich. By the time the SQ rolls round, it’s a nice change from the routine of the SCX series. The SQ is a bit different, a bit weird, a bit edgy. Course features that would probably not make it into a British Cycling race start to appear (because let’s face it, anythingContinue reading “Training for Grit (or, What I Have Learnt from the Superquaich)”

A Linlithgow love story

I’ve posted this photo before, but I’ve never really talked about what it means to me. In 2015 I decided that, since I had a cyclocross bike (which had spent most of its life with slick tyres on the road), I should enter a cyclocross race. So I entered the West Lothian Clarion‘s “Last Gasp”Continue reading “A Linlithgow love story”

SCX 3: Return to the Spiral of Doom

Last Sunday was round 3 of the SCX series at Lochore Meadows in Fife. I knew it would be very different to the previous race at Callendar Park – the course is much less technical: fast and flat with no respite; and, of course, the infamous Spiral of Doom. We vets were gridded behind theContinue reading “SCX 3: Return to the Spiral of Doom”

SCX 2: Callendar Park

I’m going to try to blog a bit more often (we will see how long that resolution lasts…). I am also going to change the name of this blog as soon as I think of something appropriate – “Not dead, not last” was my tongue-in-cheek motto when it was entirely probable that I would be lastContinue reading “SCX 2: Callendar Park”

3 Peaks CX – the return

Approximately 10 minutes after crossing the finish line of the infamous 3 Peaks Cyclocross last year, I was thinking to myself, “I can go faster.” So after getting round in 5 hours 11 minutes last year, this year’s mission was to break 5 hours. I have been training hard for months, self-coached this time, withContinue reading “3 Peaks CX – the return”

Superquaich 2: Irvine Beach Park

I was really excited about racing at Irvine again. The SCX course suited me and despite all the talk of off-camber in the new SQ course I knew my off-camber riding had improved over the season. I was also excited because I’d been promoted to the A race after being 1st woman and 6th riderContinue reading “Superquaich 2: Irvine Beach Park”

E(CX)ess baggage

I’ve been meaning to write a kit list for all the junk equipment that I cart about to cyclocross races before the end of the season, so come next Autumn I don’t have to worry about remembering everything I need. I thought I’d post it here in case it’s useful to anyone. For the race Skinsuit/jerseyContinue reading “E(CX)ess baggage”

Bonkers stuff on an inappropriate bike

The title of this post is taken from this blog, which I read recently in preparation for what was probably my most ridiculous challenge yet: the 3 Peaks Cyclocross race. That is, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-Y-Ghent – on a bike with drop handlebars and no suspension. Remember not so long agoContinue reading “Bonkers stuff on an inappropriate bike”