One for @Demeaux, @Sam and maybe, just maybe, @biarittz.
Round 5 of the London X League is at Herne Hill on Sunday, who's racing?
Gonna be SO busy. Too mainstream pour moi. I knew andy when he did cross b4 it was cool.
Have to sign up again beforehand and all that jazz.
Perhaps if I am to race CX this winter I should obtain BC membership. What's the minimum level I need so I can race?
Yes, I know I should Google it.
Anyone know the size of the numbers? Are they 20x20cm, i.e. same as the ones used for TTing?
Plus. Will I get moved up the grid if I turn up in my skinsuit?
18 cm x 16 cm.
No you won't. Gridding is based on previous results, not how pro (or not) you look.
Thanks! I have sewn tabs into my skinsuit for teh aeros, plus avoids a) putting a thousand pinholes in it, and b) forking out £55 for a Nopinz number pocket.
I will have to engineer a solution.
Pin it to a tri-belt rololololol
So, my job today seems to be sort out the bloody gears on the CX bike once and for all. I think I must have rusty outers, the cable hasn't been pulling through properly for a while. Powerwashed the bike last weekend, and now it's completely buggered.
What wally would have Campag on a CX bike?
You washed your bike?
That's always the start of the problem.
I better sign up this morning.
You dried and lubed it after washing, yes?
See. I told you. The start of it....
When I say, washed it, I've had the bike almost two years and it hasn't seen a sponge or brush yet. Hose or powerwash just to get the worst off.
Sorted. The outer where it entered the shifter was mullered. The cabling that surrounds the inside was poking out by 3-4mm, while the plastic sheath that the cable travels through was sticking out almost 10mm. No wonder my shifting had become extremely random. Almost a free fix, have loads of outer and inner cables knocking around, but I couldn't unravel the bar tape without it ripping.
I might try and stop my front brake squealing.
I tried that before the Penshurst round last year. I made it worse.
Is there a suitable meeting point I can find you guys? I was planning to get there early seeing as it's my first race and I need to pick up my transponder etc, but as the train times don't work I'll be there just after 10:30!
We'll find you @Sam. You may have some vocal supporters too.
Ok, cushdy. I'll be the nervy one looking like Mr Blobby in a Grump jersey. Last nights curry, four beers and half a bottle of red doesn't seem such a good idea all of a sudden!
Thinking about it, once I've signed on I'll hang around near the entrance.
Great fun, that. Thanks @Demeaux and @andyp for holding my hand. Nice to see @Will offering his 'encouragement' on what seemed like every other corner, plus @Dan and @MrParker afterwards.
I had a nap. It was nice.
I followed Andy's advice and got up higher in the grid, had a good start, nobody around me shot off, had some good laps, had a race, shouldered someone as they tried to push me off line (just held my line really), lost the sprint with the guy i was racing just as we got lapped by the winner as he finished.
Winner has a vw transporter. I was not surprised to discover this.
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