Wasing was the opening round of this year’s Southern XC series. Having raced here before twice, we all were looking forward to this – fast, technical courses and close racing.
But we, and many others, forgot that those races were in the dry. This time the venue had suffered many days of rain and the usual buff course was now a quagmire, mixed with leaves and sticks giving a nice wattle and daub consistency.
Compounding the issues with conditions, I also forgot to bring everyone’s mud tyres and the jet wash. This was to prove a big mistake!
Edith was up first in the u9s. Gridded near the front due to her finishing position last year, Edith got a good start and was 2nd overall on the fireroad. Then the course turned onto the muddy singletrack and Edith’s bike immediately clogged up. Unable to pedal, Edith pushed, along with many others. Then too heavy to push and with jammed wheels, Edith struggled to move and eventually I found her and carried her off-course and to a dnf. It also turned out the mech hanger had bent in the mud, so the bike wasn’t pedalable anyway.
Fred was next in his new category of u12s. Not gridded, Fred had to move up after the start on the fireroad. But again on the singletrack, Fred’s bike clogged, then he snapped his rear mech. Another dnf!
Tough luck for the pair!
Well done to all the kids who managed to ride in those conditions!. A tough day out.