Cyclo-Cross blog from the UK’s #1 Helen Wyman

 

Last weekend, we made a return to the North Pole (otherwise known as England) for the highly anticipated National Cyclo-Cross Championships.

 

Just before Christmas our car broke down after having started to make a strange noise the day before.  Belgium is a great country except for one thing, everybody closes up shop on December the 23rd and opens again on January the 4th - our car broke on December the 23rd!

 

So we hired a car and set off to England to ride the Nationals, although by now we had a fair idea they would be cancelled.

So with everything booked,  we decided we would still go and just use the time to catch up with some family.  

 

Photograph courtesy of Stef Wyman

 

When we arrived at Ashford, we heard on the radio that the M20 was shut, because two lorries had jack knifed at our junction, so we made the decision to cut across to the A2 instead.  Tom Tom can be a very good friend, but not this time – he guided us across country but we found we were unable to get over one of the short, steep hills, which covered in snow over a thin layer of ice.  We tried using ‘cross techniques, like getting the car wheels in the mud side banks and trying as much speed as possible, but nothing worked.  We were eventually helped by directions from a local farmer.

 

We finally made it to Stef’s (my husband) parent’s house and the next day decided to go out trail riding in the local area.  Having grown up riding off road in the area, Stef was incredibly excitable as we started to find a lot of interconnecting routes that he used to train on. After about 20 minutes of riding we, stumbled over a friend of ours in the middle of nowhere.  He took us on an amazing two and half hour, fun, off road route, which included some great bridleways and the odd snow drift. The funniest thing was riding over snow covered ice puddles, it was almost like a cartoon as they start to break underneath and I tried desperately to get out of it before it got too deep.

 

Having had a nice weekend back in England, we returned home on Monday in preparation for the next world cups and world championships.  Fortunately, grit is not in short supply in Belgium, which means that the only limiting factor for my training on the road, is the time I can spend before I loose all feeling in my feet.

 

So life is pretty much back to normal and this weekend I will start the final phase of my season, with probably the most important races so far coming up.

 

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