….on grass roots cycling.
A waning sun sinks to the West, far over a glassy Irish Sea. Llandow racing circuit was bathed in fine flaxen light. The heat of the day sank with it.
I stood at the side of the track shivering. Head protected marginally by a luminous club hat, body encased in a marshals bib. Two races were held; a cat 3/4 criterium and an E/1/2/3’s. My job was the chicane – stick out your arm and point the way. Helping at races should be a pre-requisite for anyone that enjoys the flip side; the racing, the experience, the enjoyment. You get a fuller appreciation for sure. Grass root sport needs grass root helpers. After an endurance sport ‘career’ of almost 25 years, I’m happy to oblige.
The Llandow crits run for 10 consecutive weeks from the end of April until June 28th. More details on the Cardiff JIF website. Bottom image by fellow JIF member Carwyn Williams.