Alan’s a top blogger and very well respected ‘voice’ in cyclocross. I always enjoy his turn of phrase and wordsmithery on his tweets, and his blog’s well travelled with lots of regular readers from around the world.

This year’s race saw Alan (a former top ten rider on a long, sustained comeback!) sneak back inside four hours and record a great finish for his Here Come The Belgians team.

Click on the bespectacled gentleman sealing his lips for safety as he enters the daring ‘water splash’ below. (Just ahead of another 3pcx blogger, Trevor Page, as it turns out)

I should also publicly thanks Alan for coming to my rescue with just three days to go before this year’s race, and supplying me with a set of wheels after a dire discovery of a threadbare sidewall.  A true friend.