Report: West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League

Toby Barnes and Bethany Crumpton showed their early season form to take victories in the opening round of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

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Report: West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League
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Toby Barnes (Lichfield City CC) and Bethany Crumpton (Storey Racing) showed their early season form to take victories in the opening round of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

Both riders put on dominant displays to take comfortable victories in their respective races while Stephen Knight (Team Jewson) and Darren Atkins (Ride Coventry) were superior in their veteran categories.

Abbey Stadium Sports Centre in Redditch was the brand-new venue for the opening round and the wet weather throughout the day led to slippery conditions as the races wore on.

A course full of tight corners mixed with off-camber bankings led for exciting racing throughout the day. Junior rider Barnes, from Lichfield, showed his form ahead of a schedule of international World Cup races taking the lead in the senior race from the opening climb and pulling out a winning margin of 26 seconds.

“From the practice lap I knew it was going to be a slippery course that got worse as they day went on,” said Barnes. “As it was my first race I wasn’t sure how well everybody else would be going so I attacked on the first climb and kept pushing. Last year was my first year as a junior so I got experience from two World Cups and the Europeans. Hopefully this year I can get up the results.”
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He was chased throughout the race by team-mate Marcus Holmes who only lost a handful of seconds each lap to the leader while James Garrett (Rugby Velo) finished third and first senior.

Atkins put on a superior performance in the veteran’s 40+ pulling out a winning margin of over a minute ahead of Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) who beat George Richardson in a sprint for second.

Local rider Crumpton was on fine form in the women’s event and made light work of the tricky course leading from the start and building up a winning margin of over two minutes. “It was nice to ride a different course and it was one I really enjoyed,” said Crumpton.

“I sprinted off from the start and built up my lead and kept pushing. I’ve got a new bike so I wanted to push that to the limit and see how fast I could take the corners. Crumpton, from Redditch, was using the race in preparation for her trip to America where she will be riding the opening two rounds of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

Lauran Humphreys (Aspire Bicycles) led the race for second just distancing under-23 Melissa Baker in the closing stages after the pairing had been locked in battle throughout the race. Verity Appleyard (Brotherton Cycles) took veteran 40+ women’s honours and Lisa Garside was first veteran 50+

Also testing her legs ahead of the international programme was National Champion Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans) was chose to ride the veteran’s over 50 event. She was beaten into second by the formidable Knight who led from the start and had a winning margin of nearly two minutes.

Glenn Coltman (Leicestershire Road Club) initially joined Brammeier but was distanced into third. The youth event was one of the closest of the day with Simon Wyllie (Halesowen A & CC) joined by Daniel Barnes (Lichfield City CC) at the head of proceedings throughout.

Wyllie eventually gapped his rival on the final lap to ride for victory while Jack Rootkin-Gray (Solihull CC) took third. In the girl’s event under-14 rider Grace Lister (Wolverhampton Whls) showed her early season form to take a narrow victory from first under-16 Kinga Ingram (Halesowen A & CC) while Isla Mason (Redditch Road & Path CC) took third overall.

In the under-12s Spencer Corder (Stratford CC) took a clear victory in the boys while Tia Carr (Lichfield City CC) was fastest girl. Daniel Ward (Mercia CC) was fastest under-10 just ahead of first girl Aelwen Davies (The Bulls).

Abergavenny CC rider Cameron Reeves road to the boy’s victory in the under-eights with Tasmin Moss (Stratford CC) first girl. Finally, Toby Leavis (Leicester Forest CC) took the under-six boy’s win while Millie Barton (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) was first girl.

Full results at:

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Senior Men
1 Toby Barnes Lichfield City CC Junior
2 Marcus Holmes Lichfield City CC Junior
3 James Garrett Rugby Velo Senior
4 Thomas Payton Stourbridge Cc Senior
5 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc U23
6 Harrison Knight Solihull CC Junior
7 Jonathan Brain Private Member Senior
8 Jacob Knight Solihull CC Junior
9 Joe Atkins Ride Coventry Senior
10 Dave Saunders Private Member Senior
11 Nick Morris Clee Cycles Senior
12 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers U23
13 Darren Atkins Ride Coventry V45
14 Gary Price Dynamic Rides CC Senior
15 Brendan Scofield Senior
16 Henry Lloydlangston Halesowen A & CC Junior
17 Oliver Snodden SF Racing Junior
18 James Paradine Run & Ride / Midland Bike Fit Senior
19 Phillip Glaze Stourbridge Cc V40
20 George Richardson Private Member V40
21 Gareth Scott Bicicielo V40
22 Jeremy Hicks Rugby Velo Senior
23 Donatas Askoldavicius Senior
24 Andy Collis Bicicielo V45
25 Kyle Martin Private Member V45
26 Graeme Davidson Kenilworth Wheelers CC V45
27 Sean Byatt Private Member Senior
28 Martin Brown Private Member Senior
29 Robert Grimes Wyre Forest CRC V40
30 Russell Jelly Mapperley CC Senior

1 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing Senior
2 Lauren Humphreys Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire Senior
3 Melissa Baker Private Member U23
4 Verity Appleyard Brotherton Cycles V40
5 Helen Boatman TEAM MILTON KEYNES V45
6 Sally Reid Cheltenham & County CC V55
7 Lindsay Newman Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V45
8 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V40
9 Nina Critchley Lichfield City CC Senior
10 Annabel Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC Junior
11 Naomi Buckley-Melling Stourbridge Cc Senior
12 Jessica Cobbe Leicestershire Road Club Junior
13 Jayne Cheslin Stourbridge Cc V45
14 Laura Smith University of Birmingham CC U23
15 Clair Wadden Bristol Rc V40
16 Enya Tabram Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe Senior
17 Christine Bertram Brat Club V40
18 Lisa Garside Private Member V50
19 Sheridan Mcwilliam Brat Club Senior
20 Helen Jamieson Beacon Roads CC V40
21 Wendy Holmes V50
22 Roxanne McNaughton Here Come The Belgians Senior
23 Rita Humphreys Coventry Cycling Club V50
24 Rosemary Homer Revolutions Racing Senior
25 Bridget Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers V50
26 Charlotte Elliss Private Member Senior
27 Erin Boddice Wyre Forest CRC Junior
28 Joanne Barnett Matlock CC V40
29 Judith Harper Solihull CC V50
30 Gemma Johnson Beacon Roads CC Senior

Vet 50
1 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50
2 Nikki Bramneir Elite Women
3 Glenn Coltman Leicestershire Road Club V55
4 Ian Wright Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55
5 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V50
6 Peter Busby Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55
7 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry V50
8 Vince Page Worcester St Johns CC V50
9 Ian Watts Cotswold Veldrijden V55
10 Lorenzo Buratti Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50
11 Harvey Levann Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50
12 Nigel Jones Absolute Black Racing Team V55
13 Andy Collins Mid Shropshire Wheelers V50
14 Shaun Campling Leicester Forest CC V50
15 Gary Brooks Private Member V50
16 Kevin Payton Stourbridge Cc V55
17 Carl Max Taylor Stratford CC V50
18 Victor Barnett Welland Valley CC V70
19 Jeff Farmer Hinckley Cycle Racing Club V50
20 Simon Bills BICI – PAZZO R.T. V50
21 Peter Bromwich Private Member V55
22 Steve Proud Mike Vaughan Cycles V55
23 Timothy Stowe Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60
24 Simon Jones Fred Williams Cycles V50
25 Gareth Highley Private Member V50
26 David Garrett Rugby Velo V55
27 Kevin Bodley Fred Williams Cycles V55
28 Michael Webb Lichfield City CC V65
29 Richard Graham Worcester St Johns CC V50
30 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT V65

1 Simon Wyllie Halesowen A & CC U16
2 Daniel Barnes Lichfield City CC U16
3 Jack Rootkin-Gray Solihull CC U16
4 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC U16
5 Kieran Riley Langdale Lightweights Racing Team U16
6 Owen Lightfoot Bourne Wheelers U16
7 Michael Newall Cycle Derby Cc U16
8 Conor Jones Solihull CC U16
9 Oliver Baker Wolverhampton Whls U16
10 David Hird Stratford CC U16
11 Hayden Norris Lichfield City CC U16
12 Ben Askey RST Racing Team U14
13 Ryan Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16
14 Taylor Carr Lichfield City CC U16
15 Joshua Mitchell Private Member U16
16 Max Greensill Private Member U14
17 Aran Martin Team Corley Cycles U16
18 Sullivan Berry Redditch Road & Path CC U14
19 Alex Barker Halesowen A & CC U14
20 Oscar Laight Halesowen A & CC U16
21 Sam Wainwright Redditch Road & Path CC U16
22 Jacob Jones Solihull CC U16
23 Jack Fothergill Kenilworth Wheelers CC U16
24 Luke Harris Halesowen A & CC U14
25 Joseph Brookes Halesowen A & CC U14
26 Benjamin Tomlinson Mid Shropshire Wheelers U14
27 William Ryan Solihull CC U14
28 Tomos Pattinson Halesowen A & CC U14
29 William Farmer Wolverhampton Whls U16
30 Rory Knowles The MI Racing Academy U14

Under 12
1 Spencer Corder Stratford CC U12
3 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC U12
4 Alex Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
5 Lewis Tinsley Stratford CC U12
6 Jude Du Toit Kirklees Cycling Academy U12
7 Thomas Brookes Halesowen A & CC U12
8 Luca Bradley Lichfield City CC U12
9 Noah Inman Bolsover & District Cycling Club U12
10 Charlie Coleston-Shields Lichfield City CC U12
11 Alexander Burden Stratford CC U12
12 Max Saunders Solihull CC U12
13 Tia Carr Lichfield City CC U12
14 Joshua Darlow Stratford CC U12
15 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
16 Jesse Bradley Lichfield City CC U12
17 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC U12
18 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U12
19 Cerys Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
20 Andrew Groves Lichfield City CC U12
21 Ella Tandy Solihull CC U12
22 Thomas Hutchinson Halesowen A & CC U12
23 Zoe Parker Stratford CC U12
24 Jack Bristow Malvern Cycle Sport U12
25 Dominic Pauley St Ives CC U12
26 Charlie Price Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
27 George Lewis Halesowen A & CC U12
28 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC U12
29 Charlie Colley Newport Shropshire CC U12
30 Joseph Turnbull Redditch Road & Path CC U12

Under 10
1 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles U10
2 Aelwen Davies The Bulls U10
3 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers U10
4 Corin Bradley Lichfield City CC U10
5 Jonah Hearn Lichfield City CC U10
6 Ruben Stringfellow Stratford CC U10
7 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC U10
8 Holly Saunders Solihull CC U10
9 Megan Cherry Leicester Forest CC U10
10 Murphy Hamilton Lichfield City CC U10
11 Henry Jenkin Market Drayton Cycle Club U10
12 Lauren Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC U10
13 Tom Bristow Malvern Cycle Sport U10
14 Lily Allcock Lyme RC U10
15 Oliver Ward Wolverhampton Whls U10
16 Nathan Brennan Stratford CC U10
17 Joseph Egan Beacon Roads CC U10
18 Teddy Taylor Newport Shropshire CC U10
19 Ella Harris Halesowen A & CC U10
20 Annabella Cook Private Member U10
21 Toby Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U10
22 Matthew Hitchmough Solihull CC U10
23 Isabel Middleton Newport Shropshire CC U10
24 Olivia Rootkin-Gray U10
25 Teddy Wright Solihull CC U10
26 Daniel Brownsword Solihull CC U10
27 Owen Jervis Redditch Road & Path CC U10
28 Niamh Fletcher Wolverhampton Whls U10
29 Joshua Patterson Halesowen A & CC U10
30 Dylan Phipps U10

Under 8
1 Cameron Reeves Abergavenny U8
2 Arly Berry Redditch Road & Path CC U8
3 Jet Du Toit Newark Castle CC U8
4 Louis Inman Bolsover & District Cycling Club U8
5 Eddy Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U8
6 Tamsin Moss Stratford CC U8
7 Lewis Colley Newport Shropshire CC U8
8 Eva-Joan Leavis Leicester Forest CC U8
9 Erin Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8
10 Lucas Kent Malvern Cycle Sport U8
11 William Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U8
12 Alexander Popham Absolute Black Racing Team U8
13 William Garner Solihull CC U8
14 Jude White Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8
15 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC U8
16 Seb Rogers Solihull CC U8
17 James Caine U8
18 Rose Neely Solihull CC U8
19 Daniel Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC U8
20 Zach Jenkins U8
21 Oliver Durose Beacon Roads CC U8
22 Alexander Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC U8
23 Milo Cook Private Member U8
24 Shauna Hamilton Lichfield City CC U8
25 Jacob Kurian Leeds Mercury U8
26 Joshua Wood Wolverhampton Whls U8
27 William Mansell Solihull CC U8
28 Evelyn Jervis Redditch Road & Path CC U8
29 Toby Middleton Newport Shropshire CC U8
30 Charlie Parkes Newport Shropshire CC U8

Under 6
1 Toby Leavis Leicester Forest CC
2 Benjamin Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC
3 Millie Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers
4 William Allcock Lyme RC
5 Molly Kostka
6 Sofia Kostka



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