Luke Farrell had a great time getting muddy at the National MTB XC race at Dalby Forest this weekend, here's his race report:
Saturday saw me compete in the National Cross Country Series round at Dalby Forest. The lead up to the race saw a lot of rain making the course very wet and slippery. Rain continued throughout the race to make a very challenging race for all competitors. The race used the World Cup circuit from the 2010 and 2011 World Cup rounds. This meant the course was very tough with technical descents and steep climbs. This was my first time at Dalby Forest and the course proved a definite step up from most of the Midlands XC courses. I was pleased to finish in one piece despite my front brake pads giving up towards the end of my final lap. The national events are a spread across a weekend meaning there was many other Bolsover members competing in their respective categories on Sunday on what I imagine would still be a muddy and slippery course. Overall the event was great fun and I would urge anyone wanting to have a go at a national event to do so. The next local one is the National Championships at Cannock Chase on the 22nd – 23rd July.