Stow Scramble (round 15)

Location: Ipswich IP2 0BP, United Kingdom

Slippery mud and wet grass was the order of the day for the Stow Scramble cyclo-cross racing at Chantry Park in Ipswich. There was very little opportunity to rest, and the many twists and turns (some off-camber) required considerable care and attention. A race report is available on the BC website, and there is a brief mention in the EDP.

I had a decent battle with a couple of other riders in the vet 40-49 race, with Nick Cook (Ipswich BC) and Mike Mooney (Hackney GT) putting the pressure on for half the race as Shaun Aldous (Renvale RT) headed into a comfortable lead. Around half way I managed to drop Nick, and was left with the tough challenge of going after Mike. Mike was struggling on the longer climbs, and I managed to catch and gap him for the last couple of laps - and finished under a minute behind Shaun! Best result of my season so far. Full results on the Eastern Cross website.

Here's my ride on Strava:

Stow Scramble CX - 2nd in the vet40-49!

Ride on 2015-12-13 13:29:48, at Ipswich with 15 others

Gear: Specialized Crux Elite

12km in 0:42:34

Average speed16.9 kmh
Max speed27.7 kmh
Average heart rate171 bpm
Average power142 Watts
Elevation gain253 metres

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My name is John Swindells and I'm a keen recreational cyclist with a preference for long one-day rides. I've also previously dabbled in time trialling and cyclo-cross. See more of what I get up to on Strava!

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