Report: Crabwood Christmas Cross


Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles) in scintillating form at Southampton for round 12 of the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League

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Sunday 29th December | by Graham Robins

Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles) was in scintillating form at the Southampton Sports Centre as he led from the front to take the win in the challenging conditions. The course soon cut up and made conditions slippery as the early morning hard frost gave way to a slushy surface.


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Right from the start Jody pulled out a lead over Michael Cotty (Wheelbase Cannondale) with Jody’s team mates Stuart Bowers, Matt Macdonald and Matt Hargroves following along with Andy Hargroves (Felt Colbourne Hargroves RT) also in the mix on the first lap shake up.

Jody attacked the second lap and his lead at the end was 45secs over Cotty with Andy Hargroves a further 3secs behind. Bowers was at 1min 08secs. Next up was Matt Hargroves as Macdonald had a problem and pulled out. Chris Minter (PedalOn), Danny Bell (Ellmore Factory Racing) and James Cotty (I-RIDE.CO.UK) were all comfortably inside the top ten although they were all loosing time with three minutes covering the top eight riders.

By lap four Crawforth’s lead was hovering around one minute over Cotty with no other place changes taking place. It wasn’t until a couple of laps to go that Bowers managed to shake of Andy Hargroves and with nearly a minute between them the final order was sorted. The race order remained the same over laps six and seven and it was Jody who took the win by 2mins on the line

Steve Davies (Hargroves Cycles) turned in a commanding race to win the combined vet/junior/women’s race from Sean Williams (Wightlink Offshore). Steve led the race from the start opening up a 34secs lead which turned into a minute forty seconds lead by lap two. Behind Williams was Keith Sheridan (Cotswold Veldrijden), Tim Hyde (GS Henley) and David Phillips (Cotswold Veldrijden).

While Davies was coasting around in the slippery conditions and Williams comfortable in second it was down the chasing pack to make up some time. Sheridan was nearly two minutes down on the leader and David Phillips was 2mins 30 behind. Next up was Pete Hutchinson (Cotswold Veldrijden) at 3mins 30 down.

These riders remained in their positions throughout the remainder of the race with the only two riders swapping places were Tim Costello (Southdown Velo) and Chris Hutchings (VC Venta) who seemed to be having a good tussle on their own until the ‘younger’ Venta rider managed to pull clear with a lap to go.

The youth race was won by Chris Rothwell (SCRA) although he made things difficult by coming off his bike three times on the tricky off camber corners once he had established his lead on lap two. Ed Gronbech (Oxford City RC) was the early leader and Elliot Lassiter (Cotswold Veldrijden) was a distant third after the opening laps. Charlie Cooper (Chapel Tri stars) was fourth, all be it a distant place and Angus Hawkins (PPV) fifth.

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Provisional Results


1st Jody Crawforth Hargroves Cycles 49mins 59secs
2nd Michael Cotty Wheelbase Cannondale @2mins
3rd Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles @2mins 29secs
4th Andy Hargroves Felt Colborne Hargroves RT @3mins 41secs
5th Matthew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles 6mins 19secs
6th Chris Minter Pedal On 6mins 53secs
7th Daniel Bell Ellmore Factory Racing
8th James Cotty
9th Karl Norfolk Pedal On @1lap
10th Matthew Taylor Pedal On

1st Steve Davies Hargroves Cycles 38mins 20secs
2nd Sean Williams Wightlink Offshore @2mins
3rd Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden @2mins 12secs
4th Tim Hyde GS Henley @2mins 37secs
5th David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden @4mins 06secs
1st Woman Tracey Cornell NHRC
1st Junior Joe Andrews Fareham Wheelers

1st Christopher Rothwell SCRA 31mins 15secs
2nd Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC @21secs
3rd Elliott Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden @3mins
4th Charlie Cooper Chapel Tri-Stars @3mins 58secs
5th Angus Hawkins PPV @4mins 13secs

Under 14 Girls
1st Alderney Baker Southdown Velo
2nd Lorna Bowler Hillingdon Slip streamers

Under 14 Boys
1st Angus Hawkins PPV
2nd Erin Baker Southdown Velo

Under 16 Girls
1st Emily Wadsworth Beeline Cycles
2nd Rebecca Raybold Poole Wheelers

Under 16 Boys
1st Christopher Rothwell SCRA
2nd Edward Gronbech Oxford City
3rd Elliott Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden



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