Hurdles, sandpits and run-ups – without the cowbells and crowds – were the order of the day for twenty-eight women who congregated for a cyclocross training day in Kent.
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The London Women’s Racing Cyclocross training day, supported by Cadence and Total Women’s Cycling (us!), took place over the South East Regional Championships course, at Cyclopark in Kent, this weekend.
The session was organised by Beth Hodge of London Women’s Racing and coached by Huw Williams and Caroline Stewart. Three hours of practice started with basic handling skills around a slalom, and moved on to explore dismounts, mounts, riding through a sandpit, shouldering the bike, run-ups, descents and carrying the bike up steps.
The South East Regional course is extremely technical, but the women – who ranged from absolute novices to experienced racers – tackled all of the tricky areas. Many skills were demonstrated by 5th Floor rider Adeline O’Moreau and 9-year-old expert rider Tulsi. As Huw put it: “There’s little better to persuade you that yes, you can actually do it, than seeing a 9-year-old with superb technique demonstrate.”
TWC was on hand throughout to chat to the women taking part, and snap as many pictures as possible (everyone loves a photo!). It was fantastic to see women encouraging each other, but also revelling in the competitive element during short race sections.