Winter mountain biking at it’s best!
January is all about base miles and i’ve been getting out with my local road club quite a lot, it’s always good to smash some miles with the chaingang. Road riding is all well and good but it’s no replacement for mud, which is why I entered the Gillingham Wheelers XC race on Sunday.
It wasn’t raining so I decided to make the most of it and ride there and back, it’s about 18 miles each way which gave me a chance to spin the legs out. After signing on we congregated into an informal grid and seconds later were charging down the fire road. I managed to stick with the Kim and Andy for a few laps before my legs remembered they were tired, so I decided to focus on my own race and enjoy it.
The course was awesome. The log jumps, foot-out drifty corners and steep technical climbs were so good, that at one point I even forgot that I was racing! It was a small field of 16 and I was pleased to come home in 3rd. I could have done better if my legs were rested but it’s all good training.
February will be spent working on core and base fitness before heading off to Majorca in March for a week of riding bikes in the mountains.
Strava: Ryan McKee