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Updated 21 May 2002

National Points Series XC2 - Catton Hall, Leicestershire - May 12- Ross Fryer

The second race in the National Points Series took place in the grounds of Catton Hall in Leicestershire on a deceptive course that wound up and down an escarpment. The climbs were short but steep and the shorter than usual lap distance (5.25 miles) meant that all the races had an extra lap to do. I lined up for the Masters race in the warm sunshine and managed to get a good start, passing numerous riders up the opening steep climb. I soon settled into a good rhythm locked onto the wheel of another rider and paced myself around for the first two laps, making up loads of places. After a small mistake on the third lap that saw me put my foot into my front wheel, bending a couple of spokes, I found myself in no-man's land. I managed to hold onto my position and came into the finish in 10th place, 13 places better than the first round of the NPS. It was a great result for me and means that I am in a very strong position in the series with one more counting round left. The next NPS race is at Reading in June and I will be lining up with Steve Price and James Lett in the Masters race which should see De Laune get three good results.

James Lyon joined me from Lancaster to race in Expert and here's what happened:

The Expert race was over 5 laps of the course and started up a grass climb to thin the field out somewhat before the first singletrack downhill section. I got a reasonable start although there was the usual argy bargy bit at the start as a field 12 riders wide tried to get through a gap that was only 5 riders wide. I found myself about 40th out of the 50 starters and quickly worked my way up into the middle of the field. As the pack started to thin out, I hooked up with a rider of similar ability to me and we worked well together for a while. By the second lap, I'd settled into a good rhythm and was halfway round the third lap when I pulled a muscle in my back as I went up the steepest of the climbs on the course. The rest of the race got progressively worse as the pain set in until it was all I could do to pedal…my back was effectively locked in one position. I began losing places and from then on my race was a damage limitation exercise to avoid losing too many places. I ended up coming 35th in a time of 2.02.27 although I'd been well up inside the top 30 for the first half of the race. Disappointing but there's always the next round at Reading to look forward to.

Southern Area Mountain Bike Series 1 - Erlestoke, Wilthshire

Steve Price, Cliff Steele and myself all made the trip down to Wiltshire for the first round of the SAMS to race up and down the chalk escarpment on the edge of Salisbury Plain. We all lined up for the Masters race with the usual large field of 80 or so people. The race went straight up a pig of a climb and then down through an initially unrideable greasy descent. The laps were very short but enjoyable with some good singletrack through the bluebell woods and the usual drag around the edge of a very bumpy field. I went well on the main climb but lost lots of time each lap on the technical descent. Wrong tyre choice and all that (actually, I was just rubbish!). Steve went away from me and seemed to be going well and eventually finished in a very good 12th place with me four places and 42secs back in 16th. Cliff finished a creditable 37th but had had his fair share of problems in the slime.

More MTB Results: There should be a report on this from Steve Price somewhere in this issue but he managed the first MTB win of the season at the SIMBA race in East Grinstead. He was joined by Cliff Steele, Bill Wright and new member Graham Clark and apparently the racing, course and atmosphere were good and the series offers a great chance to race off-road in a local event.

Our riders have also been active in the Gorrick series with Steve Price notably getting a 2nd place in the race on May 12th, joined again by Cliff Steele.

Hopefully, the good results will keep coming as the MTB riders build for bigger and better things later in the season like the Red Bull 24 hour race, the Kona 100, the rest of the NPS rounds, the SAMS and the National Champs.

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