John is seen above in the silver medal position of the podium at the 2012 Mational Cyclo-Cross Championships held at Ipswich last weekend. Gold went to Vic Barnet and bronze to Mick Ives.
Below is a short report from John -
Hi Peter, Race details lap 3.75 km conditions good bright sunlight around 8C, ground hard, fast conditions, some tricky sections for sliding, normally would suit me?
Had a good grid start being in the 4th row with Vic Barnet & Peter Mooney. Started steady maybe just in top half of field then on 2nd lap blew a gasket.
Couldn't stay with the group and dropped into no mans land for a lap heavy breathing eventually caugth by 6 riders including Mick Ives & Miller both in my age group.The group disintegrated with Miller dropped, I stayed on the front for most of last lap, wily Ives, who road well, attacked me with 1 km to go up a drag. I pulled him back but couldn't get past him through the pits and down an S bend to a 200deg turn up to the finish.
He switch me twice but I just got him on the line by 1/2 a wheel.
Just need to be able to get some speed work in this week so I can make a better show in Louisville next weekend.