Huele pips Trebon at the line
As usual I had a great time at this year’s Starcrossed. Steve Westover, Starcrossed PR guy, said there were 2,000 spectators lining the velodrome and 500 racers taking part. Yes, that many people came out and paid to watch a cross race! And it was a very strategic race. Barry Wicks, Ryan Trebon and Swiss rider Christian Huele, who is the 5th ranked ‘crosser on the planet. Those three rode away from the field and never looked back. In the last two laps Trebon attacked several times, but it only dislodged his teammate Wicks. With one lap to go it was Heule and Trebon sprinting for the line. However it came 10 meters too soon for Trebon and Heule took a narrow win.
My race was not so strategic. I literally started third from last in the very back row of 90 riders. I took Powers’ advice and with 30 seconds to go before the start I clipped both my feet in and leaned against my fellow rider, Busto from Raleigh. I was able to hustle my way to 46th place by the time I crossed the line. More importantly I didn’t crash or get lapped! My
Me and Raleigh’s ‘Busto’ getting ready for staging. We lined up at the very back. My Raleigh jersey is a one-off designed for the Jamaican national champion, hence the green, yellow, black bands around the sleeve and collar
Showing off my ‘cross skillz
Enjoying my annual post-race beverage
My Raleigh still in one piece.