The only thing missing at Gloucester was cupcakes. It's entirely possible I spent too much time in the beer tent and missed them, but I didn't see a cupcake in all of Stage Fort Park. But that's my only complaint.
The conditions were perfect for 'cross with plenty of rain Saturday to create that euro mud vibe we mostly only see in videos, and then a mostly sunny day Sunday. This created almost entirely different conditions from Saturday to Sunday, at least for the elite races. When I was out there Sunday morning it was still a mudfest but at least the moisture was only coming from below, not from the clouds. The mud that stuck to four or five hundred bikes throughout the morning and early afternoon Sunday was enough to leave a relatively dry course for the two elite races. Here is the dreaded run up in all its muddy glory Saturday afternoon:
Series leader and race winner, Natasha Elliot.
Saturday's typical conditions, mudfest.
Adam even pins up the pro way.