David Fletcher – Race Report
National Series Cross Country
Builth Wells – 5th and 6th August
Update for the weekends event at Builth Wells for the final round of the British Cross Country Series – Words by DF.
The weekend was a close fought battle. With the overall podium positions still up for grabs and one final round to gain a podium, the search was on for a good ride.
The course although simple made for a tough and fast day. Splitting from the start I settled in the top 5 riding cautiously knowing it could be a long race. As the laps went by gaps began to form and found myself contesting with another rider for 5th. Slightly struggling with the pace I found myself alone in 6th with a short gap to 4th and the same on 7th. The final lap came and was caught by 7th. Holding his wheel till the final 2km of the course I made a dig before a series of tight and twisty corners, drops and the run into the finish. Fortunately my efforts to get in front worked and took 6th in the sprint.
Once finished it was a short wait to see what the overall results would show. Although my efforts on the day were nothing to shout about. My consistency was I and managed to take 2nd overall in the series. A result I took the year before.
With sometime before the cyclocross season begins I’m taking a week to regather, rest and refocus on the cyclocross season. From there i’ll be back in training gaining base miles and adding some cyclocross specific sessions to top my conditioning and technical skills up.
I would like to thank my sponsors for support this year so far. With the year only halfway through there’s still time to gain that top step.