Colchester Rovers CC Cross

Location: Shrublands Road, Mistley, United Kingdom

Colchester Rovers did a fantastic job with the classic Furze Hill course at Mistley. It was still run anti-clockwise, with the start running into a sharp U-turn and narrow tree-lined section, but was much more flowing than in previous years. There was less brutal climbing and the descents were generally more simple. What's more, the whole course had been swept so that there was little danger from sticks or brambles. Really tidy work!

Under-10s race

There were 38 starters for the under-10s race, which must be a league record in this age category. Oskar Everett (Stowmarket & District CC) lost out on first place for once, with a chap from Bolsover & District Cycling Club taking the win instead. Anna Lloyd (Lee Valley Youth CC) was first girl, and Peggy Knox (ViCiOUS VELO) was first in the under-8s.

Youth race

Jack Parrish (Ipswich BC) controlled the race from start to finish, with 2nd-place Nathan Gibson (St Ives CC) being gapped lap-by-lap. Harley Pell (CC Ashwell) was first girl.

Full results and lap times are on the Eastern League website, and there is also a report on the BC website.

Here's my ride in the vets 40-49 race:

Mistley Cross vets 40-49 race: 6th

Ride on 2016-10-23 12:29:56, at with 40 others

Gear: Specialized Crux Elite

16km in 0:46:44

Average speed20.8 kmh
Max speed38.9 kmh
Average heart rate172 bpm
Average power169 Watts
Elevation gain148 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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