HSBC UK Cross Country Series – Glentress

The Scottish round of the British Mountain Bike Series was at Glentress this weekend with some ASTONISHING performances from the Riderz.

Your correspondent missed the younger riderz on Saturday as I was at, well Riderz, but I have it on good authority that they were all awesome. But on Sunday I was THERE and we were AMAZING.

An incredibly difficult course that had this coach taking the B line everywhere when supervising sighting laps (they gave me a number – to casual passers by I looked like a racer!); but this meant that we had a couple of DNFs so hats off to S and G for the astonishing effort (nice dent in that new Poc Sir). And quite a few finishes…

I can still remember the first day M started with Riderz:

“There’s a new girl starting – she’s very good so we’ve skipped a few groups and put her with you in Group 4,” said Graeme.

“Hi M- I’m Pete I heard you got a jersey from umm one of the Athertons? Gemma?”
“No the  MTB biker,  Rachel. ” At this point M cycled away, only one wheel on the ground.

“Graeme we should move M up to Grp 5. Or 7. She’s a bit better than the rest of Grp 4. Or me.”

And this week she podiumed on at the HSBC UK Cross Country Series which I think, in no small part is down to my coaching, all of which is detailed above.  Well done M!


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