Mud, Sweat and Gears MTB series event lives up to its name
Mud on bikes is what sticks in the memory about the Codham Park round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears MTB series.
It stuck to machinery until bikes at the finish weighed twice what they did at the start. It gummed up transmissions so that gear mechs were wrenched off rear dropouts.
Sweat was expended as ever, but replacing it from muddy bottles was an unattractive prospect – Kim Marsh (TROG) felt his back-pack water system was a life-saver.
Anna Buick (Salsa), who was second in the Elite/Expert Females, made good use of her bottle to lubricate the gears. Category winner was international rider Erica Zaveta (Moda Bike Magic), currently living in Wymondham with the Buicks. Other Norfolk women in podium places were Anita Buxton (Thetford MTB), second in the Veteran Females, and Norwich rider Alex Nichol (Iceni Velo), second in Sport Female.
Anna Buick's dad Phil was dominant in the Grand Vets (the over 50s) – the only competitor to complete five laps.
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Team CCN's Shaun Aldous, from Ditchingham, was second in the Master Men (age 30-39) and Norwich rider Patrick Stokes was fourth in the Vets (40-49). In the supporting Sport class, Tom O'Neil (Pedal Revolution) was third and Tom Stanford (Iceni) eighth. Full results are at www.timelaps.co.uk.
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