Report – Unique Museum Race Hailed a Success


More than 200 riders took part in the unique Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross around Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday evening.

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Report – Unique Museum Race Hailed a Success

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The second edition of the race featured an improved course which still took in the fearsome climb of the Hay Incline Plane and a steep descent from the canal to the Village Green. While ‘Urban’ cyclo-cross has become more popular over the past few years, there is nothing on the calendar comparable to this event with it’s beautiful museum location in the Ironbridge Gorge, a World Heritage Site.


Photos by RDP Photography. Newport CC’s Mark Stocks on the funfair section of the course

Moving the event from the ‘cross season proper into the summer also seems to have gone down well with competitors. The winner of the Henshalls Insurance Brokers Senior race, Dan Wells caused quite a stir by riding a mountain bike to victory ahead of all those on traditional cyclo-cross bikes. Not only that, but he had enough time in hand to do ‘wheelies’ past the old mine workings and to ‘high-five’ organiser Nick Jeggo as he cruised to the win!

With two events now in the bag, the organisers are looking to make the race bigger and better for 2015. Nick Jeggo said “The races were a huge success and that’s largely down to this special venue. We’ve had so many lovely messages praising the event, we almost have to do another! The children’s races in particular were very well received and of course the museum is quite a magical place for youngsters. There’s huge potential here and we can do so much more given a good level of sponsorship and the right marketing.”


Photos by RDP Photography. Youth Girls U14 winner, Ellie Russell of Mid Shropshire Wheelers leads Wolverhampton Wheeler’s Melissa Baker

Full Results can be found at

1 Daniel Wells Male Senior unattached
2 Matthew Lawton Male Senior Macclesfield Wheelers
3 Thomas Payton Male Senior Islabikes

Women (Overall)
1st Verity Appleyard Female Senior unattached
2nd Ruth Gamwell Female Senior Macclesfield Wheelers
3rd (1st Vet) Karen Summers Female Veteran Wrekinsport CC
4th Nina Critchley Female Senior Lichfield City CC
8th (1st Jun) Hannah Dale Female Junior Mid Shropshire Wheelers

1 Phil Blacker Male Vet 40-49 Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe
2 Gary Howard Male Vet 40-49 unattached
3 Stephen Whitehouse Male Vet 40-49 Bicicielo

1 Ian Wright Male Vet 50+ Cycle Shack

Youth Boys
1 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Male Youth Mid Shropshire Wheelers
2 Bailey Wilmot Male Youth
3 Samuel Morris Male Youth Wolverhampton Whls

Youth Girls
1 Rebecca Simmons Female Youth Wolverhampton Whls
2 Amy Garner Female Youth Welland Valley CC
3 Melissa Baker Female Youth Wolverhampton Whls

Youth Boys U14
1 Jamieson Blain Male Youth U14 Halesowen A & CC
2 Sebastian Bacon Male Youth U14 Wolverhampton Whls
3 Joe Bolton Male Youth U14 Wolverhampton Whls

Youth U14 Girls
1 Ellie Russell Female Youth U14 Mid Shropshire Wheelers

Youth U12 Boys
1 Connor Smith Male Under 12 Lichfield City CC
2 Christian Stevens Male Under 12 Solihull CC
3 Matt Garner Male Under 12 Welland Valley CC

Youth U12 Girls
1 Isla Mason Female Under 12 Redditch Road & Path CC
2 Rhiannon Tansley Female Under 12 Mid Shropshire Wheelers
3 Hannah Turnbull Female Under 12 Redditch Road & Path CC

Youth U10 Boys
1 Ben Askey Male Under 10 Lichfield City CC
2 Tom Scott Male Under 10 Sheffield Stars CSC
3 Sullivan Berry Male Under 10 Redditch Road & Path CC

Youth U10 Girls
1 Isla Blain Female Under 10 Halesowen A & CC
2 Fay Garner Female Under 10 Welland Valley CC
3 Rachel Williams Female Under 10 Hafren CC

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