Chatting to a few riders over the last couple of days has reminded me what happens in this race – it takes 24 hours of wind down (max) before next year’s plans are underfoot. Fairly local to me is Alan Dorrington – a ‘peaks and general cyclocross zealot, whose writings on cyclocross in general are great read. This year, he finally made a proper comeback to the race – after a shocker of a race in 2006, then missing the race in 2008 (as his printed story from this blog in the Three Peaks programme tells).

My rewards came in the form of a crash and mechanical free ride, in a respectable 4:18. Cramp though had chipped away at that golden 4 hour time, on Whernside’s slopes and again on Penyghent. Next year simply has to be cramp free and faster.

Read the ‘apres race’ blog post here

(and his pre-race preview here)