Snow a bad day at all for cyclocross

With ice making the original Championships date too dangerous, the weather (and road surfaces) on the drive to the re-scheduled event last Sunday suggested that lightening might strike twice, reports Neil Walker! On arrival at Strathclyde Park, the weather conditions were simply miserable, and not event threatening – so perfect for Cyclocross!

A depleted Walkers Cycling Club contingent took to their respective start lines, with several members either out of form, health or motivation! What the club lacked in racers, it more than made up for in vocal support, with more than 10 club members travelling to support,and in quality of results.

In the Women’s Championship, the club was led home by Anna Walker, who after a strong start and a bike change to her MTB due to the clogging mud, finished 8th overall and 5th in the Senior Women. Catherine Logan suffered a mid-race puncture, but changed to a spare bike to finish 10th overall and 4th in the Veteran Women’s race, a handful of seconds behind the medal positions. Fiona Walker suffered from illness and was placed 14th overall, 7th in the Senior Women.

In the Senior Men’s race, Keith Johnson showed he hadn’t lost any fitness over the festive period, starting strongly, and picking up places every lap in a superb display of consistent riding to finish 12th. John McCracken finished 30th after a late bike change due to a broken mech hanger.

Anna leading the pack up the hill section
Anna leading the pack up the hill section
Catherine climbs out of the bomb hole
Catherine climbs out of the bomb hole
Fiona's valiant effort despite not feeling well
Fiona’s valiant effort despite not feeling well
Keith manages to stay on the bike in the deep mud
Keith manages to stay on the bike in the deep mud
John while his shirt was still relatively clean
John while his shirt was still relatively clean