Monday, 17 December 2012

Roller Racin’ – First impressions

Last week saw Cult Racing run a Xmas Roller Racing event at their shop in Pool Head Lane, Earlswood.  For a £5 donation into Mel’s charity challenge pot, folks would be entered for racing and also have some hot food available afterwards.

It was a cold and frosty evening when I turned up for an evening of festive fun and frivolity.  After I picked Nik up on route through Earlswood, we were both greeted with Cult Racing’s famous warm and friendly welcome.   Along with the usual hot drinks there was festive mulled wine, to keep out that chill, and plenty of nibbles to keep everyone happy.

There were a few lads and lasses already there when we arrived, with the racing rigs dressed in sparkly lights and ready to go.  With music on and disco lights flashing the atmosphere was building.  A couple of the guys had been before and were warming up on their rollers and turbos at the back of the shop. Serious stuff compared to my warm-up, which consisted mainly of standing by the gas fire and a few stretches.   

First up were 250m time trials for all, followed then by a knock-out system of 250m races and a 500m grand finale.  Paul compiled the knockout rounds based on the seeding from the TTs, with Mel and Jo having their own head-to-head for the ladies league.  The grand finale can be seen here!

Shouting and cheering was obligatory for each race off, with Paul performing sterling MC duties on the mike.  This meant there was a great amount of support for all of the riders and a great, relaxed atmosphere all round.  New acquaintances were made, and no doubt new rivalries too.

I took the relaxed approach to the racing, in jeans and trainers, whilst most of the other riders were in some kind of lycra outfits.  But it didn’t matter what folks were wearing, they all gave their best and had a great evening with some excellent racing and rounded off with a good natter over some steaming hot curry.

The 250m TT Tower of Power league has now been posted ...
 and I can’t wait for the next round.

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