Whilst most of those with a sensible disposition would have chosen a comfortable day enjoying the comforts of home, the monsoon conditions on Saturday provided an entertaining afternoon’s cyclo-cross at the ever popular Hardwick Hall Venue.
Torrential rain produced track conditions akin to an Amazonian swamp, and ensured the competitors would require supreme bike handling skills in order to remain upright.
Staveley-based Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team rider Adam Turner used the event as a training session to provide a contrast to his usual road schedule.
Despite working to a low threshold target, the local rider finished comfortably in the top fifteen having piloted his Giant Cross Bike around the slippery course without incident.
The event was extremely well supported by local riders, and many Bolsover and District CC members were involved, putting on a good show for those hardy souls who braved the elements in order to spectate.
Cycling team manager Andy Moore praised the organisers for their efforts: “Bolsover and District Cycling Club deserve much credit for running the event despite the weather conditions.
“For so many volunteers to give their time to support the riders on a day like today is good to see. Adam used today as part of his scheduled training, and enjoyed every minute of it.
“The greatest achievement of the day is that he managed to persuade anyone to transport him home, in view of his post race appearance. The team kit will require a bit of a clean.”