While many of us are whiling the hours away on a turbo, some are racing the cross season. One of the busiest Probikekit riders has been Josh Hand who has just finished his season in spectacular style – both in terms of position and bike trashing prowess.
The SRAM sponsored Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League has kept Josh busy since the beginning of September. The U-16 rider had his first race at Allestree Park near Derby and he’s kept a good diary of his races throughout the year.
The reports of his two best races at the end of the season follow. I’m sure we all agree that Josh is a great young talent and one to watch for the future!
20th February – Thornbridge Hall, Bakewell
This was the last race of the Notts and Derby season, so I knew it was my last chance to get some good points on the board. I did what I like doing during this race which was to find a wheel to sit on and then try and leapfrog between riders in the parts of the course I was strongest in. This worked well for me, and I got my best finish of the season, 25th Overall and 1st Junior. I was over the moon with this ride, especially after the run of bad luck I had been having previously.
21st February – Thornbridge Hall, Bakewell – BSCA Schools National Championships
This was my last cross race of the season, and I was determined to get the win to make me Over 16 Champion. The snow overnight had made the course really bad, but still it was a good race. The Over 16 race was put in with the Senior race, so it gave me more people to race against. I started well leading the whole field for the first lap, then slipping into 2nd for the majority of the race. But then my bad luck came back, I got a stick caught in my rear mech and chain, ripping off the mech hanger and making a mess of the bike. This meant I had to run for a small amount of time, pushing me down into 4th overall in the whole race. This is where I finished, but I was also 1st Junior so got the win I had wanted.