Breakaway Leads To Narrow Miss For Frog Bike's Gracie Fox April 05, 2016 - News After what seemed like months of waiting, the 2016 Southern XC Mountain Bike Season has arrived and it all kicked off at Black Park near Slough on the 20th March. Riding in the Under 9s category for her final season in this age group, Frog Bikes rider Gracie Fox was eager to pick up where she left off at the end of last season and go for her 9th Southern XC victory. Racing conditions were perfect. Following a slight sprinkle of rain over night the course was in fine form and ready for some exciting racing in the children’s categories. Gracie was positioned at the front of the grid, nestled in with many boys and girls all nervously waiting for ‘the whistle’ to sound. The start was electric as all of the young racers jostled for a good position leading in to the first section of single-track. Hanging on to the back wheel of one of the fast starting boys Gracie found herself in 2nd place and in touching distance of Erin Loveless (Hillingdon Slipstreamers). Both riders were joined by Katie Allsop (Summit MTB) as the trio set upon working together and building a gap on the chasing riders. Crossing the line to begin their last lap, 3 seconds separated the trio with Gracie moving in to 2nd place before entering the single track for the final time. Katie and Gracie exchanged places several times during the final lap and with Gracie now in 3rd place and gearing herself up for a sprint finish with 50 metres to go, disaster struck! Katie and Gracie were wheel-to-wheel heading through the final twist and turns of the course when both Katie and Gracie crashed at the same time. Katie was lucky enough to get away but for Gracie, her bike was tangled which allowed 4th place rider Orla Barrowcliffe (Summit MTB) to catch up resulting in 4th place for Gracie on the day. 2016 will be Gracie’s 4th year of racing Mountain Bikes and her 3rd season of being supported by Frog Bikes. What has really become apparent is the levels of ability in all of the children that are now arriving at the start line. The children all look like young professional riders who all enjoy riding their bikes very fast!! It’s great to watch and can only be a good thing for the future of women’s Mountain Bike Racing. Congratulations to all the girls who took part but a special Well Done to Frog Bikes very own Gracie Fox….it’s great to see you back!!