Report/Result: Cheltenham & County Cyclo-Cross


Danny Fox ( won the 3rd round of the Western Cyclocross League in Pittville Park in Cheltenham on Sunday morning.

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Fox wins Cheltenham & County CX


The junior rider broke away to win by 25 seconds, with John Whittington (Team Diabetes) outsprinting Scott Chalmers (DREAM Cycling) for second place.

Fox started the race from midway up the grid and it took him several laps to make contact with the early leaders. He and Scott Chalmers attacked soon after, quickly establishing a 15 second gap over Whittington with others dropping further back. Whittington almost managed to bridge across with two laps remaining, which is when Fox launched his winning attack. The move proved to be perfectly timed, with the other two tired and unable to respond.

Pre-race favourite Will Bjergfelt (MG Maxifuel) crashed heavily into a tree on the first lap. Though he resumed riding and kept pace with the leaders, he was unable to recoup the lost time and eventually finished 4th. Local favourite Benoit Davies also crashed early and finshed 8th.

Speaking at the finish, Fox said “I normally race in race in the West Midlands League where they run the Junior race separately, so it was good to test myself against the seniors. I started quite far back and think I made up most time in the technical sections. When I saw John catching me and Scott late on, I gave it some more effort and it paid off. I’m aiming for selection at the worlds which are in February in the Netherlands”.

John Whittington, who finished second, said “I led it out quite hard on the first lap and Will was right on my wheel when he crashed. Things then started to get a bit iffy. Scott was better than me in the corners so it was quite hard to keep with him. Luckily I had a second wind!”

First Vet was Martyn Green of Bristol CX. First woman was Helen Bennett of Cadence RT. The first youth was Cheltenham’s own Will Swarbrick.

Senior and Junior results:
1 Danny FOX RST Trigon (First Junior)
2 John WHITTINGTON Team Diabetes (First Senior)
3 Scott CHALMERS Dream Cycling
4 Will BERGFELT MG Maxifuel pro Cycling
5 Joe GRIFFITHS Strada
7 Scot EASTER Felt-Colborness
8 Benoit DAVIES Cheltenham Cycles
9 Nic BURRIDGE Cheltenham & County CC
10 Tom UNDERHILL Hackney GT
11 James BRITTON Bristol CX
12 David BARNAUILLI Bristol CX
13 Gavin THOMAS VC Bristol
14 Will POOLE Bristol CX
16 Steven GREEN Bristol South CC
17 Chris REED
18 Patrick TULLY Bristrol CX
20 Theo BRUMHEAD Uni of Exeter CC
21 Alex METCALFE Gore Bike Wear
22 Nick SMALE Cheltenham & County CC
23 Matt ESTON
24 Jeremy COOPER Cheltenham & County CC
25 James PROWETT
26 Matt DOWLER Uni of Exeter CC
27 Ben HALL Bristol CX
28 Joe FOX MG Maxifuel pro Cycling

1 Martyn GREEN Bristol CX
3 Robin DELVE Mid devon CC
4 Ian THREADGOOD Cheltenham & County CC
5 Tony DAVIS Dream Cycling
6 Donald MACGREGGOR Cheddar CC
7 Pat ALEXANDER Cheltenham & County CC
8 Simon SNOWDEN Cycology Bikes
9 Lee ASTON Sodbury Cycle Sport
10 Anthony LAKE Glos City CC
11 David COLLIER Dream Cycling
12 Ian MORRIS VC Bristol
13 Roger CHAMBERLAIN Dursley Road Club
14 Gordon SMILLIE Cheltenham & County CC
15 Martin SMITH
16 Tim SLUMAN Cheltenham & County CC
17 Paul LOOSEMORE Team Striking Bikes
18 Neil LANGDON Giant CC – Halo Films
19 Nick PEATSON Cheltenham & County CC
20 Chris TURVEY Giant CC – Halo Films
21 David MILLIN
22 Bob TYRELL Dursley Road Club
23 Malcolm TAYLOR Glos City CC
24 Tony JACKSON Stratford CC
25 Phil KING Cheltenham & County CC
27 Steve WILLIAMS Cheltenham & County CC
28 Mark HOWARD Glos City CC
30 Steve BROWN Dream Cycling
31 Paul CROSSLEY VC Montpellier

1 Helen BENNETT Cadence RT




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