Sunday was the fourth round of the team series in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Unfortunately the amazing weather we’ve had recently decided to disappear and it decided to rain like crazy instead… not fair! As all eight of us Scott girls were racing yesterday, and you’re only aloud six riders in a team series, Beth and I were riding for ImpSport, but in some sexy Scott Pioneer MTB kit!
It was so good to have all the team together again, even though the weather was rubbish, our spirits were running high, stimulated by some good laughs and banter! After a rider briefing in the very warm pavilion it was back out into the freezing rain to roll out onto the neutralized zone, think it’s fair to say the good spirits were dwindling by this point, but onwards and upwards, quite literally when we hit the huge climb on the first lap! The race was only three laps long, and the bunch split straight away on the climb on the first lap, with Elinor, Amy, Molly, Anna and Beth making the first bunch, with Zoe and I in the chase bunch, with Emily in a group further back. The finish line was on another shorter climb, a little bit steeper, but nothing compared to how tough the first climb was! After spending the whole lap chasing, Zoe and I finally managed to get back into the lead bunch just before the bottom of the climb, after losing a minute on them… but was soon lost as by the end of it we were back to a minute down… whoops!
That was the last we saw of the girls in the lead group, but by the sounds of it they did an amazing job, with El attacking after Natalie Creswick, who won round 2 in Twickenham, and catching her, and staying away for the rest of the race, with the girls behind doing an amazing job controlling the bunch, enabling El to take the win, with Amy coming in 4th, and Molly 5th. Beth came in at 11th place, with Anna 18th, Zoe 19th, me 21st and Emily 33rd, taking the team win on the day! We are now leading the Team Series by nearly double points over Node4… Happy Days!
This weekend I’m heading up north for another Hilly Race, a National Series round at Cappernway… will keep you posted :)