Wow.... What a couple of big weeks of CX racing... Sunday 14th August, Heather and Sandy competed in the State Cyclocross Championships which were hosted by the Port Adelaide Cycling Club. The event was held at the famous Mulch Hill in Park 17 (near Victoria Park) in finally some sunny conditions. The course was dry and quick with Mulch Hill being on the technical side.
The event catered for all Masters age groups, Elite and U23. Heather Barclay won Gold in the Women's Masters 5 category, Sandy Ladyman picking up Silver in the Women's Masters 4 Category with Merridy Pearce taking up the Gold and Phillipa Read taking Gold for Masters 7.
The following weekend we fronted up again on Saturday 20th August for the National Cyclocross Championships which again were hosted by Port Adelaide Cycling Club along with MTBA. Once again the event was held in the City Parkland of Adelaide at Zombie Park (behind the West Terrace cemetery). After rain on the Friday night, we packed our gumboots as the course was very wet, muddy and slippery and suited the more technical riders.
Heather was back to her best again taking out the National Cyclocross Masters 5 Championship. Unfortunately, Sandy missed the podium and finished in 4th spot after some very strong competition from local and interstate riders. Sandy was still very happy as this was her best CX race she had ever ridden and was right in the mix. Phillipa powered ahead again and took gold for Masters 7.
With sore and stiff bodies, Heather and Sandy fronted up again on Sunday 21st August in Sunny conditions on a fast, flowing course for round 5 of the National Cyclocross Series. There had already been 2 rounds in Brisbane and 2 Rounds in Melbourne so far, but unfortunately, with work commitments they were unable to attend these. It was double gold with Heather making a clean sweep and picking up gold for Masters 5 and Sandy picking up Gold in Masters 4.
Cyclocross is fast becoming a very popular sport and is very local as most races are held in the Adelaide Parklands. If you haven't been to CX race yet, then put it on your bucket list. If any Skinny Lattes would like to give it ago and not sure where to start then have a chat to either Heather or Sandy