Derbyshire, East Midlands, United Kingdom

Masters Cyclo-Cross Worlds Championship 2016

The seed was sown in January when John told me the worlds was in Mol, Belgium.

I had an easy summer doing a couple of sportives and road races before preparing myself for the cross season. It was going well, each National Trophy race I was getting stronger and closer to my younger rivals even though I kept finishing 4th. My training was going to plan and I was ready and raring for the Worlds in December. Tiff and I set off in the loaded mini Wednesday evening, we met up with Phil Roach and practised on the course Thursday lunch time. I’ve never seen so much sand and not sure whether my practice at Foremark Reservoir was enough!

The raced started at 1pm on the Friday and consisted of 3 laps. I got a decent start and managed to get 3rd into the first corner, the first technical section was running up steps which I managed to mount the bike quickly to get into 2nd place. The leader was 100m in front of me as I came onto the tarmac section so I put the hammer down and closed the gap just as we entered the first sand section, this is where I gained the lead with a quick dismount and I was off running. Passing Tiffany in the pits she kept reassuring me that I was doing okay, by lap 2 I was told I had 20 seconds on the women behind. On the last lap I heard the commentator say Tracey Fletcher is going to be world champion but I just had to concentrate on getting to the finish, I managed to stick both hands in the air as I crossed the line! It may have been a short race and a whistle stop trip but it’s one I’ll always remember.

I’d like to thank John for all his hard work making the team more professional, we are the envy of the other teams as we grow in size and the gazebo gains more gadgets. Thanks to the youngsters for making me work harder in the races, not forgetting the men that help with the pitting.

Finally thanks to Tiffany who gave up her birthday to pit for me and make the trip unforgettable.