MSG XC Round 2 – Henham Park
Mud, Sweat & Gears XC Series – Round 2 – Henham Park – Race report by Laura Sampson 🙂
Sussed Out riders all thought during the week leading up to MSG Round 2 at Henham Park that they would finally be having a dry race……unfortunately not!! Friday’s forecast was heavy rain all day and it certainly did just that! Thankfully though the guys at MSG had put together a great course that was as resilient to the weather as any course could be and the racing was fierce!
Upon arriving at Henham and going out for a practise, the course was not as bad as we expected. Luckily it was not the sort of mud that we raced in at Hintlesham one round earlier where the mud stuck to your bike like clay! The course was a more sandy consistency which held up much better! The course this year was a reverse of last years and felt like there was more climbing. Certain parts of the course were still quite muddy, boggy and slippery but there was no tyre change for us, the Mitas Scylla is so versatile in all weathers!
The morning race kicked off at 10am for team riders Laura (Elite), Caitlyn (Youth), Elvita (Sport) and Jason (Open) with the sun shining and a lovely warmth on our faces 🙂 The start was fast paced, everyone desperately trying to get to the front to enter the single track first. The first lap proved that this was going to be a tough race with constant pedalling at times through the boggy mud which was extremely hard going. Eventually as the laps passed a dry line formed which helped a little. The MSG team had spiced up the course this year by putting a couple of drops in with a berm down a steep decent, giving those that rode it a good time advantage!
Andy tackling the techy A line in the afternoon race
Caitlyn got a superb start and pushed on hard all race; after completing three laps finished a well deserved 2nd place 🙂 Laura crossed the finish line after 5 laps in 3rd place following great rides from Mel Paddington & Hollie Bettles. Elvita won her category in fine style with a margin of nearly 7 and a half minutes, completing 4 laps! A superb effort! Another great effort came from Jason who, even after two crashes, finished his best result to date – 14th!
Next up was Dean racing at 12.30pm within a large field of 29 boys. The under 12’s course took in parts of the track avoiding the technical A Line but did include a very steep hill. Dean got an excellent start and led the boys off. Coming over the start/finish line after one lap Dean was in 4th position. He dug deep to try at catch up to 2nd and 3rd place but after two laps Dean finished in 4th. The racing was extremely close, only 52 seconds separating 1st – 4th, well done Dean for a brilliant effort!
The afternoon race was fast approaching and just prior to the gridding the heavens opened, more heavy rain 🙁 This changed the conditions of the course rapidly. The first riders came through the start/finish line with muddy faces but still smiling. The first steep climb was un-rideable so suited those with Cross skills. Andy started five lines back in his category and fought hard through all the riders, racing hard. Crossing the finish line 8th (61 in the Vets field) and after a tough 6 laps was extremely chuffed with his result.
Neil unfortunately suffering with cramp pulled out after 4 laps finishing 21st. Liam rode hard on his first outing in the Expert category. A clash with another rider ended his pursuit and race with a badly injured ankle.
Well done to all the Sussed Out Team racing in what was once again tricky conditions. Thanks to all our sponsors.
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