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Yorkshire 'A' Team Inter-Area Cyclo-Cross Champions

Dan Cook riding for Planet X with the help of his Yorkshire ‘A’ team won the Inter-Area Cyclo-Cross Championships on Sunday.

The event took place at Beaumont Leys Park Leicestershire. Our lad Dan Cook and his Yorkshire ‘A’ Team did well against a large field of 72 vets.
Dan sent us the following report of the Sundays race:

Its the only race in the cross calendar where we ride as a regional team rather than for clubs / sponsors "Yorkshire fielded 3 teams in the vets race, with the clear aim of being both 1st and 2nd teams.

Dan Cook Planet X

I ran out in the ‘A’ Team (yes I can hear it now, durrr dur durrr, dur dur durrrrr...), and we managed to be drawn into line 1, which meant I ended up on the 4th row of the grid.  Happy?  Well a lot happier than those with 70 riders in front of them!

As befits an event where their ends up being a mix of abilities on the startline, there was a crash 10m in, bringing down Matt, my Yorkshire teammate. I slammed on the anchors but managed to squeeze past and kicked again, getting back to somewhere near a decent position for the first couple of corners. One man down meant that I was undoubtedly a counter in the team (4 in the team, 3 places count). With no holds barred, I charged on, nipped round the chaos at the 180 degree switchback at the end of the start straight (what a place to put it...) and managed to settle into about 10th place.

I could see the front runners, including my other two Yorkshire A team riders charging on at and near the front, and this inspired me to kick again.

The dodgy slimy corners, continually requesting balance and poise provided by my Guerciotti X-Crow frame and Planet X carbon 50 wheel's holding their shape, as well as getting the right line all the way round each one.  This circuit was a lesson in grass cornering and tyre pressure selection.  All the way through I caught glimpses of rider’s front wheels sliding away, usually followed by the rider sliding away too.  I managed to hold mine when it went a couple of times. As the race unfolded, I could feel my rear tyre losing pressure and getting a squirmy underneath me, so I elected to make a quick change at the pits, ably assisted by James, another Yorkshire rider helping us out whilst preparing for his ride in the seniors event.

All the way through I caught glimpses of rider’s front wheels sliding away, usually followed by the rider sliding away too.  I managed to hold mine when it went a couple of times.

As the leading rider in the Yorkshire B team, Mike, tracked onto my rear wheel, and only person to catch me through the event (which I was pleased about!) and we rode together to the finish, sharing the load and keeping well clear of the field behind. 

Balked slightly by lapped riders in the last half lap, Mike just got 5 metres on me, which I couldn't get back before the finish line, despite my best efforts, so I lined up 8th in the end, with my Yorkshire ‘A’ Team winning and the Yorkshire B team coming in 2nd.

So a pretty good day for Yorkshire:
1 - Yorkshire A (C. Young, N. Clough, D. Cook)
2 - Yorkshire B (M. Young, J. Watson, R. Binks)
3 - Wessex (L. King, A. Green, S. Williams)"   

Cracking race, driven on by desire and building confidence

Dan Cook Planet X

8 November 2010

Cyclocross Kit

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