Earlier this year Kate and I attended the British Cycling Awards dinner.
Our good friend Geoff Beetham was being awarded with his MTB Masters National Champs award, and along with his Missus Fern, we were his guests.
Among the prizes for the well-known disciplines; mountain biking, road cycling, track cycling and cyclo-cross were a host of prizes for another discipline that in my ignorance I was barely aware of, grass track speedway.
Everytime an award was presented for grass track speedway they were met with shouts of ‘foot-out’.
Well they were from our table, and soon the neighbouring tables too were joining in.
But what am I trying to say? Apart from considering taking on ‘foot-out’ as a nickname.
I like the sound of Dave ‘Foot Out’ Johnston.
Well apart from the whole ‘foot-out’ thing that still makes me smile, I noticed that the dozen or so awards and National titles were spread across 2 clubs, and no more than half a dozen riders in total.
The point of this, yes there is one. Thank you for your patience, the point of this, is that if you want a National Champs jersey maybe grass track speedway is the way to go.
I don’t mean to belittle the efforts of the current holders of these titles but, hey, there doesn’t seem to be much competition.
So maybe next year, it’ll be me taking to the stage to receive a National Champs jersey from Hugh Porter, as the assembled masses scream my name,‘Foot-out’.
In the meantime here is a picture of my teammate and friend Joey Partridge very much ‘foot out’ at last weeks National Points MTB race at a very wet and muddy Dalby Forest.
And a picture of me fighting my way to a top 20 finish in the Sport category at my first National event.
Damn that hill was hard.