What a great days racing at Swynnerton Old Park for the 1st Round of the Midlands XC.

We thought that the series would not go ahead, but they managed to get 2 races in for the series, which hopefully will be more for next year.

We had a lot of new racers this year, with debuts for Rosie, Persie, Calum, Sophie and Joe and new to the club racers Charles. Ben and Harry who have raced for SRC before, were also there, along with a host of riders who have trained or raced for us before, who have moved on to other teams (Evie, Mazie, Belle, Corin, Murphy, Amelia, James and no doubt a few more that I have missed, so sorry if I have). The circuit had quite a lot of climbing involved and very little flat to “take a breather”!

The days racing started of for us with the Juvenile Male category, where Ben had a cracking race coming in 5th place and Joe, in his first race came in 15th place, who did have an off in the practice session! Well done both on a really tough course.

The racing then had a little break, before the Under 8’s raced on a shortened course. We had 3 racers in this session, with Calum taking 1st for the boys and then Rosie and Persie taking 2nd and 4th respectively for the girls, all racing for the first time and giving it their all and especially to Persie, who was racing with a broken shifter that happened in the car park, so only had three gears for the big, long, drawn out climb!!!

The next race up was for the U12’s on a slightly shortened course from the Juvenile category, where Sophie took 3rd place with a strong looking race and for the boys, Harry had a really good race coming in 6th place, closely followed by Charles in 7th, who is carrying an injury from over a month ago, where he tried to remove his knee cap while riding his bike on a circuit and succumbing to a wet slippy hairpin bend. Well done all.

Thanks also goes to Ben for taking around the U12’s on their practice laps and showing them all the features and line he had just raced on.

A big thanks to all the riders who represented the club in such a great manner and hopefully for the next race on the 17/07/2022 we can have a few more riders attending and even move in club colours (I need to check on when the new kit is arriving!).

And finally, a massive thank you to all the parents who sacrificed their Sunday morning, arrived early and stayed late to watch all of the riders and cheer them on, which is what makes this club so great. Thank you also for bringing your racer to the coaching sessions on a Saturday morning and a Wednesday evening, to get them ready for races like this, which gives us massive pleasure in seeing them put into practise what we teach them week in, week out and should give them massive pleasure in doing the best that they can and giving it their all, which is all we can ask for and hopefully coming away with a medal (or tile) in the end.

The coaches at SRC Go-Ride