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Dive, Dive, Dive–Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic

Words by Beth Noy

on 25/04/2016 10:24:00

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The Rutland CiCLE started way before the day itself for me. Reality struck about 2 weeks before Sunday 24th April after receiving the technical guide document, delivered with a virtual thud into the email inbox, which made the point that this was no ordinary race entry. With prescribed actions, times and rules that needed to be observed, did nothing but add to the tension I felt.

The Dramas

LLB Racing Team only have 4 riders and this is the minimum required for the team to race and anyone dropping out now meant the team didn’t get the chance to race with the big boys.

So imagine the minor heart failure I felt when a month out from the event Joe texted to say he’d checked his licence and it was a 3rd Cat rather than the required 2nd Cat minimum to ride. Inside my head sounded  like a holed submarine with all the claxons and sirens going off. An ever so slightly panicked post went onto the racing page. It turned out we had 2 options: 1. A local rider Edd knew Andy Magnier who might be interested in the challenge OR 2. A rider from LLB Chronomaster. We decided to offer Andy a guest ride and as it turned out, Andy has form and a really great guy to put in with the team.

Panic over… or not. 2 days before I received a voicemail from Edd saying he may have to work the weekend. I was about to unpack the towel ready to throw it in. Another drama, another short notice call but in time the disaster was averted and Edd was free to ride. By this point my nerves were shredded; it didn’t matter about the excitement of our biggest race of the year, I was happy just to turn up with 4 riders and get them over the start line!

Now everything in place and ready to roll, riders signed on and I’m at the managers meeting the night before the race. Ping – message from Edd, “Jono had a problem at sign on”. No! This late in the day and another stress so I try and find out what the problem is/was and it turns out it was Andy’s idea to text it to wind me up…. And it has!

Finally Race Day Is Here

On the day of the race we had Belgium jazz beats blaring out in the car park, surrounded by mobile worlds of the pro teams. I am a little overwhelmed until Andy Magnier, a massively experienced rider, says “When you’re chewing on your bars trying to keep in touch with the bunch those caravans don’t make any difference.” A very levelling thought and another very short thought flashes through my mind that we may even get someone to the finish.

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There’ll be plenty of other views from the rest of the team of the race itself (check out Edd and Andy Magnier’s insight into the day) but all in all I just had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it!

Bring on the next one…