Round 2 Wessex league Newbury.
After last weeks performance I found my self a seeded rider for this weeks round at Newbury and being called out for the third row gave me the extra edge compared to last week started dead last .

I Got off to a brilliant start and being in the top 25 for the first two laps was brilliant but I had mistakes of crashing loosing 5 or 6 places in the wooded section which quite frankly was more like a mountain bike course than cyclocross.

I fought on throughout making ground on the steep climb to the group in front of me only to make a mistake in the wooded section and have to fight back to the group again and again only to keep making mistakes on various parts of the course. 
Towards the end of the race I was starting to get caught by a duet of riders (one being a French men) the other being a guy I raced with last week , so I dug deep and focused on catching the guy in front of me being from behind the bike shed from Andover .I managed to catch him through the grassed area with one lap to go only to misjudge a bank through the technical section and he got away from me. I managed to keep off the two riders chasing and was pleased with my result of 35th place and improvement of my 40th place last week. 
To sum up the day had a great race gained a lot of knowledge and experience from today just need to be a little more consistent lap after lap and I’ll start seeing the gains. 
I’m not available to do the next 2 rounds due to holiday and work commitments but really looking forward to round 5!
Well done alex great write up 🙂 

Wessex Cyclocross League Round 1 Oxford Academy. 

Being my first cycle race ever, I went with an open mind on what to expect. Having been to a few events and watched I sort of knew what I was in for, but not quite.. 
After doing a track walk and practice laps it dawned on me that this was going to be a tough one, with various league regulars telling me ‘this is the toughest circuit in the league’ it filled me with plenty of confidence.. NOT! 
Watching the Vets / Juniors / Women races, I started to get a few tips on the dodgy parts of the circuit and where to be on the hills and technical sections through the wooded area. 
So my race came around pretty quickly, and after a couple more practice laps, we made our way to the line. We were called out in the order of our final positions from last year series. Obviously, being new to the sport there was a group of newbies at the back and that included me. 
The whistle went for the start of the race, and I managed to get clipped in and away in pretty good time. I was heading for the first turn which I can only describe as a stampede of 50 odd bikes! 
On the first lap, I gained a few places on the technical sections, managing to stay on the bike as others carried their bikes on the first ascent due to a backlog. This happened again on the second technical section in the course. I found myself in a group of three riders with around 6 or 7 bike lengths between us. I found my pace and stuck to it throughout the race, reeling in the two in front of me, passing another three laps from the end, and another on the second to final lap in the open field leading to the finish. 
Overall, a really good first race in cyclocross finishing 35th out of 57th (Provisional), beating a few league regulars which I’m chuffed about! I’m looking forward to the next one in the Wessex League (unfortunately I can’t make the next two rounds due to work and a holiday but that gives me time to work on a few improvements). 

Thanks to Sarum Velo for the support & Hills Cycles And Fishing tackle for the bike and keeping it all together and support! 

Alex watkins 

well done Emily Benham showing her allround bike skills by winning the ladies prize at western region event 18th over all in the mixed catagory but 1st lady well done emily

More race results to come soon for sarum velo lets hope ..

Alex Watkins will be racing in his first ever cyclo cross race this weekend in the wessex league organised by oxonian cc im sure all club members will be wishing alex the best of luck in his first event and we look forward to hearing about his race go Alex .!!! Stay safe enjoy the race and learn from others 🙂 

there will be a ride leaving stonehenge cycles fisherton street salisbury  930 am this saturday 12/09/15 ride will be the normal saturday speed 18 mph upwards will include coffee stop on route route and distance decided on the day ! 

Come along and meet up make sure you have spares with you incase of puncture and some food and a drink ..