Old news now I realise but Ant White and I recently won the Masters 40 race at Andalucia Bike Race. It was a hell of a rollercoaster ride… One that Ant has summarised perfectly in the account he posted on xcracer.com. Rather than recount the nail biting / painful / finanacially disasterous / euphoric proceedings once more, I suggest reading Ant’s humourous account (I had several uncharacteristic, yet I think completely justified, sense of humour failures during the week)
But anyway… we won! Hurrah! And we got to stand with Hermida et al everyday on the front row at the start. (And then get scared out of our skin in the ballistic starts – that’s me far right trying to not be crushed to death by Alban Lakata’s legs). Amazing memories.
Yes, my bike got nicked. But a massive thanks to the Spanish Scott team for the loan of a Spark 29er. Given that the day before the race it looked like I wasn’t going to start, we found it all the more amazing that we won our category. The bike handled superbly and it’s a good job as the test ride was on the way to the start line…
Ant was a fantastic race partner yet again. His years of racing experience and being ‘up against it’ really helped me lift my game when, at times, I felt like taking the next plane home. Thanks for that – it all worked out in the end.
I also can’t thank M Steel Cycles enough for being so understanding and supportive on my return (you can imagine how much I was looking forward to breaking the news about our ‘oversight’). Schwalbe tyres have also been fantastic by replacing my stock of tyres that were also collateral damage in the Malagan Bike Bag Crisis.
With the new race season looming ’no bike’ was far from ideal, but Steels came up with the goods: a week after my return from Spain a new Trek Superfly Pro SL landed. It really is something special; 19lb dead, stunning looking, and superb handling. Within a couple of hours in the techy trails of Thrunton Woods this morning, the bike feels part of me. It goes exactly where I look. It’s incredibly comfortable for a hardtail, and it’s VERY fast without feeling like a twangy race bike. And it’s red and black - THE best colours for a bike.
When my post Andalucian stress levels return to normal I’ll post some more info, but here is a taster: