Report: Southern CX Championships


Alexander Forrester and Emily Wadsworth win their Southern Cyclo-Cross Championships at Swindon

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Report: Southern CX Championships

Wessex League Rd 11 | by Graham Robins

Sunday 4th December 2016

Alexander Forrester ( had to wait fifteen years since his last Wessex League race wins but he picked the right one today by also picking up the South of England champs in the process. The 38year old rider from Southampton took full advantage of a slip by Joe Griffiths (TORQ Performance) within sight of the finish line to pull out a 3seconds margin after an hour’s full on racing.


This year’s Championships was held on the unused Morden Par3 golf course to the west of Swindon and presented by the local Cotswold Veldrijden club. The rolling course had many off camber turns to catch out the riders as the course cut up towards the end of racing.

The course switched back and forth in the large grassed arena which provided fantastic views of most of the action to entertain the riders and spectators alike. Parts of the course were in the shade remained frosty from the sub zero temperatures which the other categories had to endure throughout the day.

As the senior race got underway the sun had started to dip low in the sky and it began to get cold again, this was due to a racing incident in the previous race which caused an half an hour delay. But once the race got underway it was Sam Allen (PedalOn) along with Joe Griffiths who were making the early advantage. Next up were the usual front runners from the Wessex League, Adrian Lansley (PedalOn), Michael Cotty (Cannondale Racing) and Forrester. Closing out the early front runners was Western League rider Christopher Rothwell (Ride 24/7.


After a couple of laps Lansley had managed to pass the leading group and he along with Griffiths began to ease away. Rothwell was quick to react to the attack and the two leaders quickly became a trio. Forrester had distanced himself from Cotty and Allen and soon he had the leaders in his sights. With just over five laps to go Forrester and Griffiths took full advantage of a tangle between Lansley and Rothwell on one of the many downhill off camber turns and while these two picked themselves up from the floor a gap had now appeared.

Lansley tried to get back onto the leaders wheels but he soon ran out of ‘matches to burn’ and settled back into fourth place. James Hyde (Renvale RT) was fifth followed by Cotty, Thomas Sewell (Cotswold Veldrijden), Scott Chalmers, Sam Allen and Gavin Howell (Team Milton Keynes) closing out the top ten.

In the closing laps with the two leaders now clear by over 15secs to Rothwell were content to ride carefully as to not loose contact with their bike. With course now getting very slippery there were riders slipping off on all sort of bends. It looked like most of the top ten had seen the mud at least once throughout the race.

At the bell there was little distance between Forrester and Griffiths and the only rider managing to pick up places was James Hyde who had picked off Cotty and Sewell in fifth but a good distance to Rothwell and Lansley. So within sight of the finish it looked like coming down to a sprint between Forrester and Griffiths but the Bristol based rider ‘decided’ to part company momentarily with his bike and this was all all Alex needed as he soloed across the line with three seconds in hand.

In the vet 50+ race there was a tussle at the front throughout its entire duration and friends Steven Davies (Hargroves Cycles) and Richard Cross (Stroud Valley Velos) locked together. Behind the two leaders were Gary Barlow (Reading CC) and Kevin Holloway (GS Vecchi) with the latter managing to pass in the closing stages of the race. At the bell Davies managed to gain a 2secs advantage on the infield section and this was his winning margin at the chequered flag. Holloway completed the podium but he end up 1min 35secs down on the winner.

In the vet40+ race Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) continued his fine season long form and after a second place at last week’s National Trophy race in Ipswich he was never challenged after the initial couple of laps. Behind Guest were Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles) and Jamie Norfolk (PedalOn) who was riding his correct age category in these championships as he is a usual in the senior races for the rest of the season.

With just a couple of laps to go Guest held a lead of 22secs from Doyle and Norfolk while Mike Simpson (Beeline Bicycles RT) who had been an earlier contender for a podium placing begin to slip away. Picking his way up the leader board was Western rider Peter Kench (Ride 24/7) and his endurance paid off in the closing stages as he managed to catch and pass both Doyle and Simpson to take the final step on the podium.

The women’s race was a mixture of juniors, seniors and vets all in the one race. Making and early start and maintaining the lead from whistle to chequered flag was junior and Oxfordshire based rider Emily Wadsworth (Beeline-Gener8) who along with fellow junior Kara Perryman (Hargroves Cycles) were too strong for the chasers.  … continued after advert


Leading in the senior race was Sarah Barber (North Hants RC) but she was behind vet rider Harriet Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden). Next up were Susan Parker (North Hants RC) and Laura Greenhalgh (Les Filles RT).

At the midpoint of the race Emily held a 31secs lead over Perryman with Barber, Parker and Greenhalgh together at 1min 31secs with Guest now at 1min 25secs, Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) taking time away from organising was the second vet and Jessica Connor some way back was third vet.

The only change to the leader board in the closing stages saw Greenhalgh getting past Parker and Barber to claim the win in the senior race.

Provisional Results

Senior Men
1 Alexander Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
2 Joe Griffiths TORQ Performance
3 Christopher Rothwell Ride 24/7
4 Adrian Lansley
5 James Hyde Renvale RT
6 Michael Cotty Cannondale Racing
7 Thomas Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
8 Scott Chalmers Andy Cook Cycling
9 Sam Allen
10 Gavin Howell Team Milton Keynes
11 Kean Wytrykowski
12 Tom Budden Sotonia CC
13 James Britton Bristol CX
14 James Cotty Primera-TeamJobs
15 Cameron Toms Iceni Velo
16 Lawrence Walton
17 Charlie McFadzean Cycle Sport Dynamo
18 Mike Brunsdon Velo Club Montpellier
19 Thom Hayward Velo Club Venta
20 Gary Chambers Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club

Veteran Men 40-49
1 Daniel Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
2 Jamie Norfolk
3 Peter Kench Ride 24/7
4 Crispin Doyle Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
5 Mike Simpson Beeline Bicycles RT
6 William McDonald Banjo Cycles
7 Anthony White Royal Dean Forest CC
8 Tim Hyde
9 Benoit Davies
10 Richard John Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
11 Mark Shepherd Banjo Cycles
12 Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijden
13 John Polak Cotswold Veldrijden
14 Dean Hitchings Cotswold Cycles RT
15 Simon Snowden 73Degrees CC
16 Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC
17 Robin Wilmott Cotswold Veldrijden
18 Alexander Johnson Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
19 Tim Jones Cowley Road Condors
20 Nicholas Beech G.S. Henley

Veteran Men 50+
1 Steven Davies Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
2 Richard Cross Stroud Valley Velos
3 Kevin Holloway GS Vecchi
4 Gary Barlow Reading CC
5 Robin Delve Mid Devon CC
6 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
7 Lee Edmonds Mercedes AMG PETRONAS
8 Malcolm Cross Velo Club Venta
9 Martyn Dymond Cotswold Veldrijden
10 Andrew Cracknell
11 Anthony Dyment
12 Timothy Bailey North Bucks RC
13 Robert Gray Dorset Rough Riders
14 Neil Blessitt Severn RC
15 Robert Tutt Velo Club Venta
16 Tony Davis Dream Cycling Race Team
17 Stephen Jones Banjo Cycles
18 Sean Bolton MB Swindon
19 Richard Bremner North Hampshire RC
20 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijden

1 Emily Wadsworth Beeline-Gener8
2 Kara Perryman Solent Pirates
3 Laura Greenhalgh Les Filles Racing Team
4 Sarah Barber North Hampshire RC
5 Susan Parker North Hampshire RC
6 Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
7 Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
8 Lauren Cracknell
9 Jennifer Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
10 Jessica Conner Cotswold Veldrijden
11 Lindy Larkin Dame Cycling – Quidne IT
12 Catherine Kilburn
13 Zoe Allsop Lovelo Cinelli RT
14 Tracy Cornell North Hampshire RC
15 Carly Hughes Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
16 Iwona Szmyd Royal Dean Forest CC
17 Suzanne Golder Team Milton Keynes
18 Mandy Hibberd
19 Emma Clarke RP Vision Racing Team
20 Donna Short Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT)

Junior Men
1 Charlie Cooper Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
2 Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC
3 Archie Scott Cotswold Veldrijden
4 Evan Carter Team Corley Cycles
5 Liam Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
6 Fletcher Adams Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
7 Anthony Anderson Team Corley Cycles
8 Jamie Ellis Performance Cycles
9 Reece Hoare Velo Club Venta
10 Samuel Dawson Palmer Park Velo RT
11 Kyle Wallace Cotswold Veldrijden

Youth U16 Boys
1 Harry Birchill Southfork
2 Barney Clacy Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
3 Tom Couzens Zappi’s Cycling Club
4 Matthew Coulson Palmer Park Velo RT
5 Sam Smith Cheltenham & County CC
6 Euan Macleod Palmer Park Velo RT
7 Tristan Davies One and All Cycling
8 Oliver Allen Pilgrim Flyers
9 Aran Martin Team Corley Cycles
10 Harry Dridge Solent Pirates
11 George Britton Severn RC
12 Talan Snowden 73Degrees CC
13 Harry Denness Salt & Sham Cycle Club
14 Jay Allen
15 Thomas Clarke Palmer Park Velo RT
16 Henry Johnson Cheltenham & County CC
17 Arthur Boulton Palmer Park Velo RT
18 Ross Pratt Mid Devon CC
19 Finn Searle Salt & Sham Cycle Club
20 Samuel Coulson Palmer Park Velo RT

Youth U16 Girls
1 Amy Perryman Solent Pirates
2 Alderney Baker Matrix Fitness p/b Corley Cycl…
3 Amy Cantelo Solent Pirates
4 Abbie Manley Solent Pirates
5 Ella Lawrence Solent Pirates
6 Ella Shaftoe Cotswold Veldrijden

Youth U14 Boys
1 Samuel Medlyn One and All Cycling
2 Samuel Butters Sulis Scorpions YCA
3 Jamie Gostick Palmer Park Velo RT
4 Gareth Davies Didcot Phoenix CC
5 Isaac Warrington Solent Pirates
6 Tobias Houghton Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
7 Nathan Cracknell
8 Lewis Evans Cotswold Veldrijden
9 Felix Clacy Chapel Tri-Stars
10 Jenson Harris Salt & Sham Cycle Club
11 Thomas Johnson
12 Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta
13 Harry Clarke Palmer Park Velo RT
14 Tyler Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
15 Thomas Shephard
16 Andrew Loosemore Team Striking Bikes

Youth U14 Girls
1 Millie Couzens Zappi’s Cycling Club
2 Anna Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT
3 Madeline Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
4 Emily Morris Charlotteville CC



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