Result: Ridley & Lazer WMCCL Round 8

Lewis Askey, Hannah Payton and Stephen Knight winners at round 8 of the Ridley & Lazer West Midlands CycloCross league at Dudley


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Result: Ridley & Lazer WMCCL Round 8

Pictures and words by Ben Goddard except where noted

LEWIS Askey and Hannah Payton conquered the mud on their own turf to clinch the men’s and women’s victories in the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross league round eight.

 Lewis Askey celebrates the victory. Picture: David Perry.

Askey, 16, from Cannock, returned to racing after a period of illness and despite a slow start powered his way to the front before riding away from his rivals. The depth of the current junior crop showed as they filled the top three senior places.

Riders returned to Baggeridge Country Park for the second time this year but the course created by host club Wolverhampton Wheelers provided a host of different challenges to previously. Soft ground conditions made for slippery and muddy conditions which worsened throughout the day and there were long sections with deep mud meaning riders had to run. Multiple round winner Toby Barnes (Lichfield City CC) got the fastest start as Askey slipped in the muddy conditions before getting tangled in the course marking tape.

However, Askey riding for Team Backstedt/Hotchillee soon found his legs closing in on the lone leader Barnes before the pair went head-to-head on the third lap sprinting alongside each other up the muddy banks. Eventually it was Askey who broke clear of Barnes and opened a gap of 44 seconds by the finish. Behind an intriguing battle behind for third transpired with another junior Marcus Holmes (Lichfield City CC) opening a substantial lead on first under-23 Ewan Mellor (Mid Shropshire Whls).

However, the hour-long race took its toll on Holmes and Mellor pulled back the advantage over the final two laps to finish just 13 seconds behind. “It was my muddiest race so far as the rest have been hard ground underneath and slippery on top,” said Askey following his victory. “It was a good result for me as it has been my first week back on the bike after falling ill following the European Championships where I finished 17th. I’m pleased to come away with the win and it was the first time I have faced Toby (Barnes) this season”.

“I was about 20 seconds behind after the start, but I knew it was a long race and clawed my way back. I caught up and then put in a big effort to get a gap and then just kept going.”

Vet 40
The veteran’s over-40 age category had a new winner for the series in the absence of Darren Atkins (Ride Coventry) who had won all the previous rounds. Taking top spot was Ed Moseley (Malvern Cycle Sport) who took victory by over a minute ahead of Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) in second and John Darrock (unattached) in third. Such was the thickness of the mud that 12 seniors and veterans failed to finish due to mechanical issues from the 88 starters.

Team Kinesis UK rider Payton made it three victories from three league rides in the women’s event taking an impressive victory- finishing over five minutes clear of her nearest rival. The Kingswinford-based rider who has been competing in the National Trophy, UCI World Cups and European Championships- where she finished 22nd, returned for her local cyclo-cross event.

With Payton well clear of her rivals an intriguing battle developed behind for second with veteran rider Karren Summers (unattached) initially leading the charge. However, Ceris Styler (Halesowen A&CC) began to close the gap in the final two laps and a slip for Summers saw Styler ride away for second. Summers road cautiously to hold on for third ahead of the closing Naomi Buckley-Melling (Stourbridge CC).

Hannah Payton on her way to victory in the women’s event

“It was really muddy and apart from the National Trophy at Shrewsbury last weekend they have been the first proper muddy races of the season, said Payton. “It has been nice to have a change in weather and have proper cross conditions. I do enjoy the mud but it means you have to have a reliable and good pit crew- which I always have. I was having to change bikes every half-a-lap.

“It was nice to have a local race with no pressure like the National Trophy or World Cups and remember why I love racing. “It was nice to be able to train yesterday and go into the race with tired legs.” Payton will return to action in the fourth round of the National Trophy next weekend in Kent. She won the series overall last season but hasn’t had things her own way this campaign.

“Hopefully there will be more muddy conditions next week and hopefully a better result than so far in the series,” added Payton. “I feel things are starting to come together.”

Vet 50
After challenging the best in the country for podium places in the National Series in recent weeks, Stephen Knight (Team Jewson) returned to the West Midlands series to continue his domination of the veteran’s over-50 event.

Series leader Knight, from Halesowen, who had won all the opening seven rounds, took an early lead and looked to be romping home to another victory. However, the muddy conditions would have its say and a mechanical for Knight saw him lose nearly a minute and allow Stephen Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) take the lead. Knight quickly recovered his lead and road away to win by two minutes.

Behind, Whitehouse held onto second ahead of over-60-year-old rider Peter Harris (Pearce Cycles RT). In the youth race Simon Wyllie (Halesowen A&CC) made it six wins from seven rides taking victory by 49 seconds. Behind Daniel Barnes (Lichfield City CC) was the lone chaser and kept increasing his gap over team-mate Emile Alexander. Ben Askey (RST Racing Team) made it a victorious day for his family by taking his fifth victory from six rides in the under-14 category.

Stephen Knight on his way to victory in the veteran’s over-50 event

He was chased by Sullivan Berry (Redditch Road & Path CC) with Max Greensill in third. Local rider Grace Lister (Wolverhampton Whls CC) again beat those much older than herself in the girl’s event with the under-14 rider taking the overall victory by nearly three minutes. She beat first under-16 rider Isla Mason (Redditch Road & Path CC) into second while Isla Blain (Halesowen A&CC) finished third overall and second under-14.

Spencer Corder (Stratford CC) continued his domination of the under-12 category while Tia Carr (Lichfield City CC) was first girl. In the under-10 age category Jefferson Tear-Verweij (unattached) finally road to top place on the podium while Rose Lewis (Halesowen A&CC) was first girl. Louis Inman (Bolsover & District CC) continued his domination of the under-eight age category while Eva-Joan Leavis (Leicester Forest CC) was first girl.

Finally, Harry Boar (Wolverhampton Whls CC) took a close victory in the under-six age category while Millie Barton (Mid Shropshire Whls) won the girl’s event.

1 Lewis Askey Team Backstedt/Hotchillee Junior
2 Toby Barnes Lichfield City CC Junior
3 Marcus Holmes Lichfield City CC Junior
4 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers U23
5 Thomas Payton Stourbridge Cc Senior
6 Oliver Snodden SF Racing Junior
7 Robert Burns Islabikes Senior
8 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc U23
9 Jonathan Brain Private Member Senior
10 Dave Saunders Private Member Senior
11 Ed Moseley Malvern Cycle Sport V45
12 Jeremy Hicks Rugby Velo Senior
13 Phillip Glaze Stourbridge Cc V40
14 Henry Lloydlangston Halesowen A & CC Junior
15 John Darroch Private Member V45
16 Nick Morris Clee Cycles Senior
17 Robert Grimes Bikestrong KTM V40
18 Andy Jones Clee Cycles V45
19 Simon Stretton Bicicielo V45
20 Gary Howard Private Member V45
21 Ian Critchley C2 Racing Senior
22 Sam Chatwin Run & Ride / Midland Bike Fit V40
23 Philip Hughes Rugby Velo V40
24 James Garrett Rugby Velo Senior
25 Ben Beauchamp Private Member Senior
26 Daniel Morris Wolverhampton Whls Junior
27 Sam Smith Cheltenham and County CC Junior
28 Joseph Lister Wolverhampton Whls Junior
29 Graeme Davidson Kenilworth Wheelers CC V45
30 Sean Byatt Private Member Senior
31 James Griffiths Clee Cycles V45
32 Stephen Jefferies Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
33 Gareth Evans Revolutions Racing V40
34 Chris Corbett Private Member Senior
35 Cameron Macleod Halesowen A & CC Junior
36 Steve Walker Private Member V45
37 Scott Matthews Redditch Road & Path CC Junior
38 Mark White Mid Shropshire Wheelers V40
39 Pete Matthews Team V-Sprint Racing Senior
40 Kevin Lister Kenilworth Wheelers CC V40
41 Spencer Parker Private Member V45
42 Benjamin Goddard Revolutions Racing Senior
43 Steve White Wwcc V40
44 Jake White Wwcc Junior
45 Joshua Hubble Halesowen A & CC Junior
46 Oliver Cheshire Halesowen A & CC Senior
47 Michael Warner Clee Ac V40
48 James Strain Redditch Road & Path CC V40
49 Mike Buntin Senior
50 Richard Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC V45
51 Darren Shaw Stourbridge velo V40
52 Jim Wylie V40
53 Andrew Taylor Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
54 Terry Richardson Redditch Road & Path CC V45
55 James Ralph Solihull CC Junior
56 Jonathan Mouzer Private Member Senior
57 Richard Scott Senior
58 Julian Holt West Midlands Police CC V40
59 Michael Harrison Solihull CC V45
60 Max Lloyd Rugby Velo V40
61 Andrew Merrick Stourbridge Cc V45
62 Stacey Hubble Halesowen A & CC V45
63 Chris Brookes Halesowen A & CC V45
64 Neil Taylor Solihull CC V45
65 Chris Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Senior
66 Ian Warr Redditch Road & Path CC V40
67 James Peterson V40
68 Paul Berry Redditch Road & Path CC V40
69 Anthony De-Leon Wolverhampton Whls Senior
70 Neil Wood V45
71 Zak White Wwcc Senior
72 John Potts Redditch Road & Path CC V45
73 Emerson Graham Ride Coventry V45
74 Phil Groome Senior
75 Josh Hill Clee Ac Senior
76 Ian Newman Run & Ride V40
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1 Hannah Payton Team Kinesis UK Senior
2 Ceris Styler Halesowen A & CC Senior
3 Karen Summers Private Member V45
4 Naomi Buckley-Melling Stourbridge Cc Senior
5 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V40
6 Lisa Garside Private Member V50
7 Enya Tabram Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe Senior
8 Mel Price V40
9 Julieann Parker Stratford CC V45
10 Wendy Holmes V50
11 Helen Jamieson Beacon Roads CC V40
12 Vanessa Carman Private Member V55

VET 50
1 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50
2 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V50
3 Peter Harris Pearce Cycles RT V60
4 Kevin Payton Stourbridge Cc V55
5 Vince Page Worcester St Johns CC V50
6 Andy Collins Mid Shropshire Wheelers V50
7 Peter Busby Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55
8 Peter Bromwich Private Member V55
9 Mark Mullender V55
10 Richard Lewis Kenilworth Wheelers CC V50
11 Timothy Stowe Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60
12 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry V50
13 Chris Watts Matlock CC V60
14 Michael Vaughan Mike Vaughan Cycles V50
15 Brian Handley Wolverhampton Whls V50
16 John Byatt Private Member V55
17 Kevin Bodley Fred Williams Cycles V55
18 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT V65
19 Garry Bolton Wolverhampton Whls V50
20 Michael Webb Lichfield City CC V65
21 Carl Max Taylor Stratford CC V50
22 Gregory Slater Lichfield City CC V50
23 Gary Rowing-Parker Solihull CC V55
24 Jeff Farmer Hinckley Cycle Racing Club V50
25 Philip Stokes Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V65
26 Simon Laight Halesowen A & CC V50
27 Neville Gunn Solihull CC V50
28 Robert Burns Islabikes V55
29 Mike Snell Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V60
30 Ian Spark Fred Williams Cycles V50
31 Ian Pollard Cotswold Veldrijden V55
32 Dave Overton Coventry Road Club V50
33 Iain Chamberlain Private Member V50
34 Nigel Barnes EvoVelo Karbona V50
35 Mike Matthews Redditch Road & Path CC V50
36 Philip Evans Ride Coventry V60
37 Keith Weavin Halesowen A & CC V60
38 Mark Deakin Private Member V50
39 Peter Varian Birmingham Midland Cycling Club V55
40 Steven Ford Nova Raiders Cycling Club V50
41 Nik Bettam Private Member V55
42 Phillip Edwards Redditch Road & Path CC V55
43 Alastair Grant Halesowen A & CC V60
44 Darren Mitchelmore V50
45 Michael Haddon Wyre Forest CRC V50
46 Alistar Mcadam Macclesfield Wheelers V50
47 Alan Price Newport Shropshire CC V50
48 Paul Lewis Halesowen A & CC V50
49 Neil Rudston Stourbridge V50
50 Gary Hodkinson Private Member V55
51 Andrew McGowan Solihull CC V55
52 Steve Chapman Nova Raiders Cycling Club V55
53 Mick Peakman VC Sevale (Malvern) V55
54 Robin Goundry Private Member V60
55 John Homer Redditch Road & Path CC V50
56 Neil Hodges Birchfield CC V50
57 Rocheford Pearson Solihull CC V50
58 Richard Taaffe Private Member V55
59 John Claydon Private Member V65
60 Derek Hill Stourbridge Cc V65
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1 Simon Wyllie Halesowen A & CC U16 Male
2 Daniel Barnes Lichfield City CC U16 Male
3 Emile Alexander Lichfield City CC U16 Male
4 Kieran Riley Langdale Lightweights Racing Team U16 Male
5 Matthew Kingston Lichfield City CC U16 Male
6 Taylor Carr Lichfield City CC U16 Male
7 David Hird Halesowen A & CC U16 Male
8 Ben Askey RST Racing Team U14 Male
9 Sullivan Berry Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
10 Max Greensill Private Member U14 Male
11 Jacob Jones Solihull CC U16 Male
12 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC U16 Male
13 Alex Barker Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
14 Oliver Baker Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
15 William Ryan Solihull CC U14 Male
16 Joseph Brookes Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
17 Oliver Tandy Solihull CC U14 Male
18 Ryan Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16 Male
19 Grace Lister Wolverhampton Whls U14 Female
20 Henry Johnson Striking Bikes U16 Male
21 Sam Wainwright Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
22 Thomas Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
23 Isla Mason Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Female
24 Alex Dalton Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
25 Joe Homer Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
26 Billy Laight Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
27 Isla Blain Halesowen A & CC U14 Female
28 Daphne Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers U14 Female
29 Alexander Ward Wolverhampton Whls U14 Male
30 Fred Meredith Hafren CC U14 Male
31 Molly Lewis Halesowen A & CC U16 Female
32 Lucas Cook Solihull CC U14 Male
33 Alex Hall Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
34 Jake Slack Scc U14 Male
35 Dan Hutchinson Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
36 Fay Garner Welland Valley CC U14 Female
37 Matthew Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
38 Will Lewis Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
39 Luke Brennan Stratford CC U14 Male
40 Louis Smith Worcester St Johns CC U14 Male
41 Thomas White Wolverhampton Whls U14 Male
42 Joshua Pearson Solihull CC U14 Male
43 Bethany Harris Wolverhampton Whls U16 Female
44 Posie Forrester Wyre Forest CRC U14 Female
45 William Simons Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
46 Kasim Lone U14 Male

Under 12
1 Spencer Corder Stratford CC Male
2 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Male
3 Max Saunders Solihull CC Male
4 Alexander Burden Stratford CC Male
5 Tia Carr Lichfield City CC Female
6 Thomas Brookes Halesowen A & CC Male
7 Lewis Tinsley Stratford CC Male
8 Luke Mannings Halesowen A & CC Male
9 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC Male
10 Zoe Parker Stratford CC Female
11 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC Male
12 Cerys Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
13 Luca Bradley Lichfield City CC Male
14 Jesse Bradley Lichfield City CC Male
15 Ella Tandy Solihull CC Female
16 Joshua Darlow Stratford CC Male
17 Grace Styler Halesowen A & CC Female
18 Andrew Groves Lichfield City CC Male
19 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
20 Matthew Dalton Redditch Road & Path CC Male
21 Thomas Hutchinson Halesowen A & CC Male
22 Mari Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Female
23 George Lewis Halesowen A & CC Male
24 Cole Locklin Newport Shropshire CC Male
25 Samuel Abbott Stratford CC Male
26 Harriet Greensill Redditch R & P Female
27 Amelia Jackson Newport Cc Female
28 Charlie Colley Newport Shropshire CC Male
29 Emily Moseley Halesowen A & CC Female
30 Charlie Price Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
31 Patrick Neely Solihull CC Male
32 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC Male
33 Harriet Tinsley Stratford CC Female
34 Harriette Taylor Newport Shropshire CC Female
35 Jake Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
36 Samuel Conway Wwcc Male
37 Evangeline Hopkins Halesowen A & CC Female
38 Sophie Jackson Newport Shropshire CC Female
39 Sophie Griffiths Lyme RC Female
40 Danielle Barker Halesowen A & CC Female

Under 10
1 Jefferson Tear-Verweij Private Member Male
2 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles Male
3 Murphy Hamilton Lichfield City CC Male
4 Ruben Stringfellow Stratford CC Male
5 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
6 Daniel Charton Male
7 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC Female
8 Corin Bradley Lichfield City CC Male
9 Lauren Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Female
10 Oliver Ward Wolverhampton Whls Male
11 William Moseley Malvern Cycle Sport Male
12 Callum Moss Stratford CC Male
13 Joseph Egan Beacon Roads CC Male
14 Teddy Wright Solihull CC Male
15 Teddy Taylor Newport Shropshire CC Male
16 Toby Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC Male
17 Henry Lewis Wolverhampton Whls Male
18 Ruby Isaac Female
19 Henry Jenkin Market Drayton Cycle Club Male
20 Niamh Fletcher Wolverhampton Whls Female
21 Ella Green Wwcc Female
22 Annabella Cook Private Member Female
23 Dylan Phipps Male
24 Harry Parkes Newport Cc Male
25 Matthew Hitchmough Solihull CC Male
26 Olivia Green Wwcc Female
27 Daniel Brownsword Solihull CC Male
28 Ronan Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC Male
29 Nyla Fletcher Wolverhampton Whls Female

Under 8
1 Louis Inman Bolsover & District Cycling Club Male
2 Jude White Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
3 Arly Berry Redditch Road & Path CC Male
4 Isaac Vickery Mid Shrop Whs Male
5 Victor Meredith Hafren CC Male
6 Eva-Joan Leavis Leicester Forest CC Female
7 William Garner Solihull CC Male
8 William Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC Male
9 Lewis Colley Newport Shropshire CC Male
10 Milo Cook Private Member Male
11 Tamsin Moss Stratford CC Female
12 Daniel Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC Male
13 Erin Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
14 Samuel Thomas Solihul CC Male
15 Alexander Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC Male
16 James Caine Solihul CC Male
17 Rose Neely Solihull CC Female
18 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC Female
19 Eddy Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Male
20 Oliver Durose Beacon Roads CC Male
21 Henry Egan Private Member Male
22 William Mansell Solihull CC Male
23 Joshua Wood Wolverhampton Whls Male
24 Joseph Manklan Wolverhampton Wheelers Male
25 Benjamin Purkis Male
26 Evelyn Jervis Redditch Road & Path CC Female

Under 6
1 Harry Boar Wwcc Male
2 Toby Leavis Leicester Forest CC Male
3 Harry Monkton Wwcc Male
4 Benjamin Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC Male
5 Millie Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
6 Emmie Styler Halesowen A & CC Female
7 Sam Styler Halesowen A & CC Male
8 Rory Dinsdale Private Member Male
9 Charlie Parkes Newport Cc Male



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