After swimming in the morning where he was practicing his tumble turns, we took James to Brecon for cyclo-cross. He’d not done this before and I’d not done it either so was short on advice. James rode on his mountain bike whereas most of the other kids, who’d obviously done it before, were on proper cyclo-cross bikes.
They lined up at the start with different age groups being in different races. James was at the back to make sure he didn’t get in the way. It was clear that there were a lot of young club riders who had done this event many times before.
It turned out that he’d have to get off his bike and carry it over a hurdle. By now I was getting quite jealous as it had moved up from just riding round a field on the grass to being a proper event, hurdle and all, just like you see in pictures.
It was hard work. While we ride on roads or on tracks, we don’t generally ride round on muddy grass. You could see the mud clinging to the tyres the more laps he did. They race for 15 minutes and then seem to stop on whatever lap they’re on.
I was really impressed with James keeping on going. I thought it looked great fun and despite some pushy parents making it a bit of a chore (but most of us have been there and it was the 2013 Welsh Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships), the vast majority seemed to be having a great time.