West Midlands Cyclo Cross League 2


Junior rider Harry Yates (Hargroves Cycles) holds off Senior challenge at BWA West Midlands Cyclo Cross League  Round 2

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West Midlands Cyclo Cross League 2

After torrential rain on Saturday, Round 2 of the BWA West Midlands Cyclo Cross League supported by Ridley Bikes and Lazer Helmets, the Shrewsbury Sports Village was bathed in sunshine come race day. Mid Shropshire Wheelers presented a subtly altered course ahead of the National Championships at the same venue over the weekend of January 9th & 10th 2016.


To the delight of the organising club the rain did not turn the course to mud and so there’s no cycle track cleaning required but the fast flowing course was relentless with no place to rest which had riders gasping in surprise at how a predominantly flat course can be so hard!

Last seasons League winner George Moore was uncharacteristically off the pace at Rd1 and looked in determined mood as he led the massive field up onto the grassy bank at the end of the cycle track start loop. Glued to his wheel was last weeks winner Harry Yates with a string of riders in pursuit. After a complete lap which now included the Steps of Doom and the treacherous off camber traverse, Moore and Yates had a sizeable gap and were never in danger of being caught. Onto the last lap and it was the Junior Yates who nailed the off camber traverse, led down the drop onto the road finish straight, kicked for the line and Moore had no chance of getting close to the on form Hargroves rider.

The Women’s race again had a mountain bike winner but in the absence of Beth Crumpton it was Torq Performance rider Jules Toone who took the win. Toone had the disadvantage of not being gridded but rode a perfectly judged race to overhaul Verity Appleyard late in the race.

Kirby Bennett took the Vet 50 win ahead of Ian Wright and Mick Davies with Rd1 winner slightly off the pace. The Vet 40 win was taken by Darren Atkins from Steve Knight. Toby Barnes offered resistance to the incredibly fast Lewis Askey but it was Askey who pulled away for a solo win in the under 16s. Emile Alexander was a fine winner in the under 14s showing that Lichfield are very strong in the Youth races with Lichfield domiciled Josie Nelson taking the girls win.


There were some fine performances also from the promoting club with birthday girl Rebecca Woodvine proving a popular winner of the under 10 girls, Noah White taking 2nd in the under 10 boys and Rhiannon Tansley 2nd in the under 14 girls.

Next weeks event is promoted by Solihull CC.

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