First Cross for 25 years and first of 2018 and broken Hanger

January 24, 2018

Sarum Velo had a new rider racing for the first time for a a few years in a cx race Nigel Benham he did a little report as did Lindy who had a disastrous race due to her rear mech hanger snapping

My first CX for 25 years.

After months of promising to give CX a go again, I eventually get my entry in. First hurdle sorted. Normally I can be found orienteering with Sarum Orienteers which will be either running or cycling around forests of heath finding control flags, so mud and water are certainly order of the day but my courses are usually 75mins to 3 hours.

Next few days watching the weather get worse and worse still didn’t put me off and in fact I was quite looking forward to it. My pit crew (wife) thought it would be great fun to come along and watch me make a fool of myself, so off we go on Sunday morning leaving plenty of time. Nice and warm 4 degrees, that is until Chieveley, then the snow came and the temperature dropped! First problem was finding my way onto the airfield, the website was a bit vague and there were no signs off the road!!

Eventually we get sorted and meet up with Lindy and James who help my through the signing on, unfortunately the lady at signing on forgot to mention about picking up the timing chip. Oh well, I was sure it wouldn’t make a difference to my performance!!

A quick half-sighting lap on the way to the start was enough to realise it was going to be a lottery and confirmed when I ended up at the back of the grid as it was my first race. I was happy with the race, overtaking a few on the first lap and just happy to survive the cold, narrowly avoiding a big pile up which ended up in a puddle!! Happy with my consistency overall, 3 laps within 5 seconds of each other, just lacking speed and strength on the short hills. We are still waiting for the results as I write this but I will definitely be back for more and hopefully the warmth of the summer series will set me up for more races in the winter.

Now how to play the N+1 card and get a CX bike!!

nigel came in 25th

25 703 Nigel Benham Sarum Velo M V50 39:23.4 4 -1 Lap 03:00 12:04 12:12 12:07

Great report Nigel

while nigel was racing lindy was also racing

Below report from Lindy Larkin

“After a cold couple of practice laps I felt pretty confident

with the course, all rideable. Front row start but was only a short sprint before a quick turn onto the muddy grass. I think I was running at about 8th but was cornering well compared to some. Past the pits then 50m along I heard a crunch and my wheel jam.. broken derailleur. All the field ride passed me as I shouldered and ran to the next pit which took ages as included all the deep mud and banks. Luckily Alex got David from the other pit and I was able to go on my spare bike. I was able to get back as many places as I could but was too far back to get a good result. Fun course though so used it as a practice. Onwards to next week where hopefully my bike will like me a bit more. Thanks to Dan Colloby for kindly

giving me his spare”

Well done Lindy great effort as per normal now on. To the boys in the mens senior event

Where we have two great reports from both riders Dalton Barracks round 13 – Wessex League CX.

Obviously the weather was horrendous on Sunday freezing rain / Snow / Sleet so everyone new what was in store for the day.

After a couple of laps of practice with the team or swims shell we say we where all quite confident about the race even tho the freezing cold and the conditions where the worst I think we’ve raced in.

I managed to get a pretty good start and was 9th for the first couple of laps was battling with a close friend of the team Caleb Smy when I made the stupid mistake of trying to cross a rut to get a better line only to hit the deck after clipping Caleb’s wheel to slide through a puddle. Once mounting my bike I realised I hadn’t any gear selection due the to bike being submerged in the puddle luckily enough this was the bend before the pit which allowed me to swap bikes and get back on my way again in 11th (I think). After a couple of laps slogging by myself I found myself being hunted down by David Brazier looking like I man on a mission I new id have my work cut out. With two laps to go me and David where pretty much circling the course together until the final lap when David made his move on me on the tarmac section between the tight twisty bends towards the finish I new at this point I’d have possible lost our little Sarum Velo battle only to see a gap a few turns before the finish I passed David and we went head to head for the finish in a sprint.

All in all a great day considering the weather and was good to be battling with a fellow club member I couldn’t of said that last year!

On to the final round of the season next week at Southampton!

Great report alex and now finally David’s account of his race


Not an awful lot to add from my side – the guys have covered most of it – the key points being it was bloody cold, very wet and extremely muddy.

I was gridded next to Alex but didn’t quite match his start so was down somewhere around 20th. I knew I had the legs to pass those around me but wasted a bit too much time looking for a good moment to pass – in those conditions there’s never really a good moment!

I managed to get away from the 5 or so riders I was with and in my sights was Caleb Smy (Bike Jockey) and Alex. I was closing in slowly on them both when I noticed they had swapped positions and Alex was sporting an even muddier skin suit than he was before and was now on a different bike.

I felt surprisingly good, the mud was a friendly kind of mud for me. It was sloppy mud over a harder base rather than a super sticky mud. If nothing else, cyclocross will help you learn more about mud than you probably should.

Anyway, I digress…I managed to get up to Al and stuck to his wheel for a bit waiting to make my move – it being Al I wasn’t prepared to do the usual risky ducking and diving! – and I passed him with about half a lap to go.

I wasn’t sure what would work best for me coming into the last sprint – Al’s got the legs on me in a sprint so it was either try and get a gap and try to hold him off or try a surprise sprint from behind. Well, I couldn’t get a gap on him so I was left to try a sprint from behind. In the end he simply out gunned me.

Still it was great fun and sprinting with a team mate is a win-win situation!

Around this point I think the cold got to me a bit – don’t really remember getting undressed after the race but definitely got home wearing nothing but a picnic blanket and my hoodie. Good times.


Done to everyone. Such great race reports from those Who raced this weekend under harsh conditions well done indeed

Next weekend is Southampton for the final race of this years season so come on down and cheer them on

Paul club secretary

Sarum Velo Cx Team Racing Southern Cx Champs This Sunday

December 2, 2017

Sarum Velo cyclocross team are racing this sunday in the southern cycle cross championships Lindy


will be up racing in the Womens Senior Event  and pete

will be racing in the 50+ event

Alex and David Will be racing in the mens senior event



and Pit boss david watkins will be there supporting the team


If you can get to Popham for the Event it would be much appreciated to support the riders racing for local Honours i know the team will do there best and enjoy the racing

click on the link for more info and location


Best of Luck Team you can do it

result for the Wessex league round 10

November 26, 2017

Great news again for Sarum Velo as Lindy came in 3rd overall In the race and obtained 1st senior win well done Lindy great result

Pete Williams came in 44th in the over 50vets race

Alex had another great race and came in 13th and David came in 23rd well done team great results

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November 22, 2017


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Round 9 Droxford

November 19, 2017

great to have a report from David who raced today

Here we go guys (Alex , Paul , Lindy ). Get yourselves a beer and have a read…

November 19th 2017 – Wessex League Round 9 – Swanmore Motocross Track, Near Droxford

Today was our second visit to Droxford this season. The conditions were much better than last time and sun replaced the rain we had back in October – it was still pretty cold though! The course was MUCH drier than last time and a few changes took some of the edge off but it’s still up there as one of the harder courses; requiring a mix of skill and power to take on the hills (oh, the hills!) and the sketchy descents. Special shout out to the ‘Heckler’s Corner’ at the top of one of the descents whose encouragment (and low level abuse!) around a tricky off camber switchback is what cross is all about!

Sarum Velo brought 4 riders – Pete Williams, Lindy Larkin, Alex Watkins and myself (David Brazier).

First up was the combined vet50+ and womens race that Pete and Lindy were taking part in. My view of this race is always a bit odd as I’m in the pits taking care of Lind so I don’t have the best vantage point. Pete completed 5 laps of the course in just over 42 minutes. Looking at the lap times Pete had a solid start and although his 4th lap was about 30 seconds slower than the rest he finished with a decent lap and a final placing of 38th . Although I didn’t get much of a chance to chat at the end he looked like he enjoyed it! Good job, Pete.

Lind was gridded on the first row and had a great start – mixing it up the front with the girls from the Hargroves team. Lind was making decent progress until a recurring chest-pain surfaced which saw her drop a few places before calling it quits after 3 laps. Her lap times suggest a top-10-ish finish was on the cards but at this point in the season, with a few races left, there was no point in pushing things beyond what was sensible. She’ll be back in no time and after a bit of downtime and a cup of tea courtesy of Papa Watkins she was back in the pits cheering me and Al on – GO TEAM!

Alex and myself took part in the final race of the day and the course had held up well to the day’s activities, with the sun and wind combining to dry out the surface which made the previously slightly greasy corners pretty grippy – all this pointed towards a potentially quick race. Al was gridded on the 2nd row and myself on the third. At the starters whistle Al got off to a decent start and I pretty mych stayed still – my run of poor starts continued and it made for a tricky first lap trying to get back up through the field.

I was within sight of Al for a fair while though he was able to pull away from me with some decent lap times alongside the other riders he battles with week-in week-out. Al is nothing if not consistent – and today was no exception with all his lap times being within about 15 seconds of each other. Al finished in a solid 20th place completing 9 laps in about 56 minutes (a shorter race today as the sun was setting quickly!). Nice riding, mate.

I was stuck in a battle with numerous riders around me and managed to pull away from a couple of key competitors and pull out a bit of a lead over them. A skid-turned-fall-turned-roll let the rider in front of me get away but I had enough distance over the riders behind me to keep my position. The tumble did bend my mech hanger and my new easiest gear of 40 x 23 was not ideal for the hilly course but I held on to finish in 25th. Happy with that and happy to beat a few people who normally beat me so a good day out.

Thanks go to the normal people, including the organisers who did a fantastic job, Papa Watkins for the support as ever and my team mates for another great day out.

Best of luck for tmrw 

November 18, 2017

Best of luck for the sarum velo cx team racing  tmrw at Fareham in the Wessex league

U10, U12 first, others from 10:30

Race Timetable:

10:00 U10

10:30 U12

11:15 Youth

11:17 Novice 16+

12:15 Junior Men
12:15 Vet Men 40-49

13:30 Vet Men 50+

13:31 Women (Junior, Senior, Vet)

14:45 Senior Men

Mud glorious mud cx has arrived

November 13, 2017

Mud glorious mud cx has arrived 

Well Southampton didn’t let the cx racers down yet again it proved it was the mudfest of old. 

Pete and Lindys race was the first one I manged to get to just in time  for the start pete 50+,race started and the bunch all spread out pretty quick in the mud that had got worse through the day 

Then Lindys race got off to a cracking start with lindy whizzing off the front alas it didn’t last long and the mud and terrain took its toll on lindy slowly slippy backwards in the field (I blame it o the previous night pre race partying) :=) 

The race was very tough for pete and Lindy and the competition was tough for both lindy and Peter mind you they seemed to be enjoying the races and the cheering from myself and John Ellis and Alex Watkins family.

Peter for managed to get 52nd place Gary Barlow reading cc won the race 

Lindy battled on and managed to get 8th overall and 5th senior over all race was won by Claire Smith  from cotswold veldrijden

The next race saw Alex and David racing in the senior race and what a great race that was Alex seemed to get his mojo back and got a superb start. 

David also got of to a reasonable start as well but also the mud and circuit also hampered progress 

 Alex had managed to catch on to a group of faster riders and was taking advantage of it and managed to pull away and gain places Alex raced in the top 20pretty much most of the race  and finished the race and a superb sprint for the line 
Alex is on the left but was pipped on the line by thom Hayward to get 17th place which was brilliant considering some. Of the other riders behind Dave also did well and managed to get 26th place which was considering the course and how tough it was later in the day a great effort the over all race was won  by Adrian Lansley from Pedal on

Below is Alex at the end of the race fully exasperated after so much effort great result Alex 

And we also have to say thanks to all the supporters who came out and Pit Dad Boss David watkins with out people like you Dave riders wouldn’t get spare bikes also lindy and David supporting each other when  racing

Thanks for all your support the helpers the Marshall the organisers and fans with out you we would have no racing. 

We are a small club but have fighting spirit

November 4, 2017

We are only. Small club but we have got winners and people who try hard this is what I love about us we give it a go

so well done to all of you racing and getting the club out there we also have a great friendship between racers and support which is second to none and also support other clubs who race with us .

keep up the great work everyone you do us proud.

If you want to join

Winner winner and a broken brake lever 

October 29, 2017

What a day for sarum velo a mixture of emotions. First up was the vets50+race then about 5mins later the ladies race started Peter Williams made a great start and was up with the  main bunch for the first awkward part of the course. 

Then the Ladies event started and Lindy Larkin got off to an amazing start leading the bunch on to the technical part of the circuit. 

Peter battled his way round the circuit and managed to stay up with the main pack. 

Lindy was still doing really well keeping in front and still having the odd tussle with the 50+male riders who started in front. 

Lindy managed to battle on but got caught by one of the Veteran ladies riders who eventually won  the race with lindy Coming in second but 

getting 1st senior rider so it was an amazing first place podium for lindy

Peter Williams did a great ride and came in at 54th so well done Peter keep. Up the great work 

Next up we’re the senior men’s race with Alex watkins and David Brazier both riders were really up for the race as lindy had just won and wanted to be up there 

Alex and Dave both got of to a great start 

Dave then managed to get in front of Alex and pretty much stayed there most of the race 

Dave lead the way up and down the course riding extremely strongly 

The course was demanding and technical in places 

Then disaster struck David on the second to last lap while in front he came a cropper taking down another rider in the process he broke his gear shifter and was stuck in a high gear. Lindy and Dave (Alex dad) were in the pits with David spare bike and managed to get him back out quickly 

The damaged lever sram brake gear lever if anyone has a spare let Dave know. 

David and Alex battled on to the final lap Alex managed to finish in  great 14th place and David managed to get up to 19th place I’m sure if David had not crashed he would have been up there with Alex 

Well done team what a great day’s racing you all. Did the club proud thanks for your support