LAST NIGHT WAS A CHANCE TO PUT OUR NEW CYCLO CROSS FRAME THROUGH ITS PACES IN A PROPER RACE IN PROPER CYCLOCROSS CONDITIONS. UP UNTIL NOW THE GRASS HASN'T BEEN SLIPPERY AND THE MUD HASN'T BEEN GLOOPY ENOUGH.
Sammy and Tom took to the Herne Hill velodrome for their first ever taste of Cyclocross while Ben and Claire reacquianted themselves with the world of mud after nearly six months of tarmac.
Tom - Purchasing Dept / Clothing
Bike - Singlespeed Surly
Experience - Absolute first timer
Good, Bad and the Ugly - Good was first ever cyclocross race! Bad - First ever cyclo cross crash and broken brake. Ugly - my general off road bike handling
Sammy - Bike Fitter
Bike - Cinelli
Experience - Mountain biker but first time crosser
Good, Bad and the Ugly - Believe it or not I love riding off road in the rain. Drifting a cross bike is fun! Bad - the flat gress section! Ugly riding through a bramble bush on the final lap!
Ben - Designer
Bike - New Condor Cyclo cross bike
Experience - Several cross seasons under the belt
Good, Bad and the Ugly - Good doing proper racing again, bad thing is I was a bit rusty. Ugly; getting into the shower fully clothed, IN AUGUST.
Claire - Brand Manager
Bike - Condor Baracchi Cross
Experience - a few cross seasons and London League Womens Winner 08/09
Good, Bad and the Ugly - its good I didn't fall off as that was my first time back on a cross bike since the Feb. I didn't really push the speed as much as I should have -I was being a bit of a whimp. Mud literally got everywhere. Just found a bit I missed in my ears, ergh!