Cross in the Snow – Eastern Cross League at Chantry Park, Ipswich on Sunday

By | 15/12/2017

Cross in the Snow – Eastern Cross League at Chantry Park, Ipswich on Sunday

LVYCC’s Max Bolton rides to victory in the snow-covered youth race – this is the how-to:

 

  1. Believe the weather forecast that says the snow will probably not make it to Ipswich and conclude travelling will be fine.
  2. Leave home ridiculously early as your rider wants plenty of course practice – ie 7:15 am. Fortuitously this means you travel along the A12 with barely a car in sight rather than 4 hours of stuck traffic.
  3. Keep telling yourself the snow will lessen as you get further east so driving on snow covered roads is not foolish.
  4. Park up at Ipswich in pouring rain. Not a snowflake in sight.
  5. Watch as the rain turns to snow and rapidly covers the course.
  6. Watch the brave U8s and 10s shiver on the startline whilst the snow drives straight into their faces.
  7. Rather ridiculously drag spare wheels and pressure washer through 5cm of snow to the pits, thinking a combination of mud and snow might clog the bike. It doesn’t.
  8. Cheer Max to victory on a beautifully crisp white course and feel actually quite Christmassy.
  9. Spend the afternoon judging whilst attempting to keep fingers warm. Judging is much easier when most people are stuck on the A12.
  10. Travel home. Most traffic jams have now cleared. We make it in one piece.

 

Congratulations to Max for a great ride, never to be forgotten!