Here's your weekly update...
A bit of an epic trip to the French Alps for Chris Clark at the weekend, where he raced in the MB Race in Combloux. Chris sent me this report of his race:
"I ended up doing the 100km - not sure why, think I entered it wrong. Anyway I was at the back of 1200 riders, so In true VC York style used the opening road section to pass as many as possible before off road started.
"You've no idea where you are so I just rode fast. The conditions were cool moving to cold at 2000m and very soft and wet. So many climbs were unrideable so I had to run and walk. The downhill were like a black section on steroids but for 30 mins constantly.
"My race took almost 9 hours and I happily won my Veteran class (it's masters in Europe) by 1hr 18 mins. Also I was 6th overall including the Elites at the finish in Megeve. I was interviewed at the finish in French which was a comedy moment for my muddled brain & also due to not paying attention I missed the presentation that evening. Amazing race & weekend & hopefully will ride the next round at Verbier in August."
Nice one Chris. A VC win on the continent in some style.
Jonny Apaloo was supposed to be racing the NYERRL race at Brandsby last night (Thursday 6th July) but it was unfortunately cancelled due to the torrential rain causing flash flooding along the route.
Pete Hook and Tom Hick are representing VC York's R.A.D. division in Sweden this week at the Enduro Sweden Series in Åre.
An Update on Neil Kerry
As you'll remember, Neil was involved in a nasty crash not long ago when a motorbike crossed the white line and hit him head on. He's still recovering from his injuries and will be out of action for a while yet. He sent me this update last week:
"No race updates for me... I'm crutches-bound still and don't know when I'll be on the bike. Maybe something easy in August but then I have an op in sept/oct to sort out the knee ligaments, so it'll be back to square one with 6 months to fighting fitness. Will miss the Giro and TDF next year but Yorkcross in 2018 a realistic target"
Heal quickly, Neil. Looking forward to seeing you back on the bike.
Chris is back in action on Saturday in the Dales for the Nutcracker XC round 6 at Dales Bike Centre in Fremington.
Chaingangs and club runs continue as normal.
Stay safe and go well, everyone.