Cold Brew Events 8 Hour Endurance XC
Last weekend saw Wheelbase North East’s Lucy Bell take on the Cold Brew Events 8 Hour Endurance Cross Country Mountain Bike race, which took place during a typical day-long deluge all too familiar with those who ride in the North of England in Autumn.
The race, organised by the Coldbrew events team was successfully run despite the current restrictions brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, with a change from the original Hamsterley Forest venue to Eastgate on privately owned land. This gruelling event sees competitors competing on a demanding course over an 8 hour period, with the winners completing the most amount of laps in the best time.
The course harked back to the good old days of mountain bike racing from the 1990’s with no manicured trail-centre type terrain here, instead there was brutal climbing sections, fast descents on open land and super-soft, muddy ground which was made all the more demanding due to the constant, heavy rainfall the persisted throughout the 8 hours.
Lucy rode a great race winning the women’s category by completing 10 laps, with the win coming down to a difference of only 6 minutes between Lucy and her nearest competitor Charlotte Somers-Cocks after 8 hours of racing in some of the most difficult conditions she has ever had to compete in.
Lucy chose to race onboard the excellent Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3 with Cannondale’s iconic Lefty Ocho fork.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN LUCY!
Photos by Jerry Tatton
See all the race results here
For more race information on Cold Brew Events, see their website here