Chris Rothwell 2nd in first XC MTB Race of the year…
Venue – 1st round of the Welsh XC series at Pembery,
Wet and cold weather greeted us but the course was mainly sandy in the woods on the coast so rather flat but not muddy. Starting with the Elites and Expert men it was a bit crowded but by end of the opening lap of 5 I was right up with the leaders on Steve James wheel feeling strong and leading the Juniors by some distance. That was as good as it got as I picked up a rear wheel puncture! gassed it and sealent seamed to hold so set off chasing but was now several mins down and pushed too hard crashing on a gully drop (good photo – must be worth a caption competition on the team website!!).
Chased for two laps and was closing the gap but the tyre went down, so had to change wheels and lost more time. Went hard for the final loop to finish s frustrated 2nd.