Result: West Midlands CX Championships

Former World Champion Evie Richards, Phil Roach and Lewis Askey the big race winners at the West Midlands CX Championships

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Result: West Midlands CX Championships

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JUNIOR Lewis Askey (above) and former World Champion Evie Richards took the senior men’s and women’s races respectively at the inaugural West Midlands Championships.

Askey, 16, from Cannock was challenged all the way by fellow junior Toby Barnes after an exciting race on the fast Top Barn circuit, near Worcester, while local rider Richards was too strong for her rivals. Racing returned to the Lakeside venue with an open and wind-swept course which took riders on the adjacent banks and fields.

Team Backstedt/Hotchillee youngster Askey was joined by Barnes (Lichfield City CC) from the outset and the two traded blows as their rivals behind faded away. With three laps of the nine remaining Askey attacked and pulled out an 11 seconds lead as he looked bound to take the victory. However, Barnes responded on the final two laps and reeled Askey back to five seconds by the finish.

Local rider Ross Harnden (Malvern Cycle Sport) led the seniors home in third place after winning a close battle with juniors Harrison and Jacob Knight (Solihull CC) and first under-23 Ewan Grivell-Mellor (Mid Shropshire Whls). Just eight seconds separated the four riders battling for third.

“It was a tough course with a strong wind going straight across and there was no covering with trees on anything,” said Askey. “It was brutal, I didn’t feel great and Toby (Barnes) was going well so I thought I would have to push on in the mid-part which is when I got that break. “Normally Toby drops off then but today he was clawing me back and it was tough all the way to the finish.

“Today I was sprinting all the way to the finish line but it’s good for pushing you and making me get better.”

Askey suffered bad luck last weekend in the fourth round of the National Trophy after a crash while in the leading group dashed his chances of victory. He added: “Last weekend was frustrating as I had really good legs, was in right position and the course suited me. “Then coming into the steps I was hopping too fast and managed to write off a frame, so it wasn’t the best. Next weekend I’m on a cross camp with British Cycling so we’re riding two races and then a weeks training so that will be good for me.”

“Hopefully I will see what I can do for the World Championships.”

Darren Atkins  (above) (Ride Coventry) was fastest veteran over-40 after a race-long battle with Ed Moseley (Malvern Cycle Sport) with Atkins just proving the strongest on the final lap. Ride Coventry team-mate Colin Miller led the rest of the veterans home in third. Trek Factory Racing star Richards made her first appearance of the women’s series and took the lead from the start before increasing her lead lap by lap. Fellow Malvern based rider 16-year-old Harriet Harnden (T-Mo Racing) was Richards closest challenger finishing two minutes behind.

Joanna Clay (TORQ Performance) took third ahead of last week’s winner Lauren Humphreys (Aspire Bicycles/HSS Hire). Ludlow-based veteran Isla Rowntree (Islabikes) took the veteran women’s victory ahead of Karen Summers in second and Amanda Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) in third. “It was really nice to be back on the back as I have had illness and injury so haven’t been on the bike in around two weeks,” said Richards. “To be able to ride and not have any problems has been really good and to race is even better. I meant to start back earlier but kept having problems so it was so good to be back for my first race and will carry them on now hopefully every weekend.

“I would love to position well at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships again but it’s going to be a busy year with hopefully the Commonwealth Games and Mountain Bike World Championships so lots of aims this year. I have signed for Trek which is mainly mountain bike focused but they will support me in cross and I love cross but mountain bike is always the focus. I’m heading out to Belgium on Friday and will hopefully do four races in the next two weeks. I was really nervous today as I haven’t been riding as much I wanted to and with it being a local race.

“It was perfect to have it right on the doorstep.”

Philip Roach (Team Jewson MI Racing) proved a surprise victor in the veteran’s over-50 beating team-mate Stephen Knight. Roach, who finished 23rd in Belgium at the World Masters Championships earlier in the week led from the start. He was initially joined by West Midlands series leader Knight and Mark James (Team Jewson MI Racing). However, on the second lap Roach proved too strong leaving his team-mates before Knight then gapped James for second place.

One of the closest races came in the youth event with Lichfield City CC trio Daniel Barnes, Emile Alexander and Matthew Kingston grouped together on the fast course. With two of the five laps remaining Barnes edged out a gap which grew to seven seconds by the finish ahead of Alexander and Kingston in third. Ben Askey (RST Racing Team) made it a double victory for the Askey family riding clear in the final two laps of the under-14s race.

He was joined throughout the early and mid-race by Sullivan Berry (Redditch Road & Path CC) before edging out a 20 seconds victory in the closing stages. After taking victory in the National Trophy last weekend under-14 rider Grace Lister (Wolverhampton Whls) was crowned West Midlands Champion by winning the girls race.

She managed to gap first under-16 Lucy Hart (Mid Shropshire Whls) in the latter stages of the race. After dominating the league so far Spencer Corder (Stratford CC) also sealed the regional title in the under-12 event while Cerys Greaves (Mid Shropshire Whls) was comfortable winner of the girls. George Cooper (Pines Cycles Enve) led from the outset to claim victory in the under-10s and Rose Lewis (Halesowen A&CC) was first girl.

In the under-eights Louis Inman (Bolsover & District CC) continued his good form by taking victory while Rose Neely (Solihull CC) won the girl’s category. Finally, in the under-six category Benjamin Gilmour (Redditch Road & Path CC) road to a clear win.

1 Evie Richards 100% Me
2 Harriet Harnden T Mo Racing
3 Joanne Clay TORQ Performance
4 Lauren Humphreys Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
5 Isla Rowntree Islabikes
6 Melissa Baker Private Member
7 Karen Summers Private Member
8 Ceris Styler Halesowen A & CC
9 Naomi Buckley-Melling Stourbridge Cc
10 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc
11 Nina Critchley Lichfield City CC
12 Enya Tabram Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe
13 Ella Roper Newport Shropshire CC
14 Alison Bagnall Stratford CC
15 Julieann Parker Stratford CC
16 Bridget Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers
17 Rita Humphreys Coventry Cycling Club
18 Wendy Holmes
19 Carolyn Rowntree Stourbridge Cc

Senior/Junior/Vet 40-49
1 Lewis Askey Team Backstedt/Hotchillee
2 Toby Barnes Lichfield City CC
3 Ross Harnden Malvern Cycle Sport
4 Harrison Knight Solihull CC
5 Jacob Knight Solihull CC
6 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers
7 Robert Burns Islabikes
8 Thomas Payton Stourbridge Cc
9 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc
10 Joshua Jones
11 Darren Atkins Ride Coventry
12 Ed Moseley Malvern Cycle Sport
13 Jeremy Hicks Rugby Velo
14 Daniel Watts Royal Air Force CA
15 Sebastian Bacon Wolverhampton Whls
16 Colin Miller Ride Coventry
17 Jason McNulty Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC)
18 Phillip Glaze Stourbridge Cc
19 Louis Evans Innovation Racing
20 Nick Morris Clee Cycles
21 Simon Stretton Bicicielo
22 James Paradine Run & Ride / Midland Bike Fit
23 Andy Jones Clee Cycles
24 Nicholas Popham Absolute Black Racing Team
25 Gareth Scott Bicicielo
26 John Darroch Private Member
27 Robert Grimes Bikestrong KTM
28 Sean Byatt Private Member
29 Ben Yarnold Islabikes
30 Henry Lloydlangston Halesowen A & CC
31 Philip Hughes Rugby Velo
32 Jake White East Park Wolves CSC
33 Jonathan Perks CC Giro
34 Kyle Martin Private Member
35 David Reilly Ride Coventry
36 Graeme Davidson Kenilworth Wheelers CC
37 Roger Cutler Beacon Roads CC
38 John Buchan Lichfield City CC
39 Fraser Blain Halesowen A & CC
40 Sam Chatwin Run & Ride / Midland Bike Fit
41 Lee Monks Pearce Cycles RT
42 Stuart Duckworth Lichfield City CC
43 James Griffiths Clee Cycles
44 Phillip Groome
45 Michael Greaves Gannet CC
46 Darren Shaw Stourbridge velo
47 Richard Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC
48 Spencer Parker Private Member
49 Benjamin Goddard Revolutions Racing
50 Oliver Cheshire Halesowen A & CC
51 Oliver Bill Wyre Forest CRC
52 James Strain Redditch Road & Path CC
53 Pete Matthews Team V-Sprint Racing
54 James Ralph Solihull CC
55 Jonathan Mouzer Private Member
56 Stuart Jackson Private Member
57 Ian Warr Redditch Road & Path CC
58 Matthew Harris Halesowen A & CC
59 Andrew Taylor Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC)
60 Andrew Merrick Stourbridge Cc
61 Paul Bailey Wrekin Riders
62 Joshua Hubble Halesowen A & CC
63 Matthew Mannings Halesowen A & CC
64 Kevin Lister Kenilworth Wheelers CC
65 Russ Parker Private Member
66 Stacey Hubble Halesowen A & CC
67 Tim Mason Redditch Road & Path CC
68 Chris Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC
69 Josh Hill Clee Cycles
70 Emerson Graham Ride Coventry
71 Kirk Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC
72 Paul Berry Redditch Road & Path CC

VET 50
1 Phil Roach Team Jewson MI Racing Polypipe
2 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe
3 Mark James Team Jewson MI Racing Polypipe
4 Kevin Payton Stourbridge Cc
5 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc
6 Steve Large Private Member
7 Andy Collins Mid Shropshire Wheelers
8 Ian Watts Cotswold Veldrijden
9 Nigel Jones Absolute Black Racing Team
10 Chris Wreghitt Second Wind
11 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry
12 Kevin Bodley Fred Williams Cycles
13 Gary Rowing-Parker Solihull CC
14 Richard Lewis Kenilworth Wheelers CC
15 Peter Bromwich Private Member
16 Jonathan Todd Rugby Velo
17 Mark Farrar Ride Coventry
18 Jeff Farmer Hinckley Cycle Racing Club
19 Simon Jones Fred Williams Cycles
20 David Wilcock
21 Michael Vaughan Mike Vaughan Cycles
22 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT
23 Carl Max Taylor Stratford CC
24 Andy Webb Kenilworth Wheelers CC
25 Simon Laight Halesowen A & CC
26 Peter Varian Birmingham Midland Cycling Club
27 Garry Bolton Wolverhampton Whls
28 Ian Pollard Cotswold Veldrijden
29 Keith Weavin Halesowen A & CC
30 Robert Burns Islabikes
31 Philip Evans Ride Coventry
32 Stephen Elcocks Revolutions Racing
33 Gary Hodkinson Private Member
34 David Mackey Private Member
35 Leslie Dalley Malvern Cycle Sport
36 Peter Carman Lyme RC
37 Iain Chamberlain Private Member
38 Robin Corder Stratford CC
39 Michael Haddon Wyre Forest CRC
40 Michael Field Halesowen A & CC
41 Mark Humphreys Rugby Velo
42 Gareth Cann Halesowen A & CC
43 John Homer Redditch Road & Path CC
44 Philip Richardson Wolverhampton Whls
45 Philip Mitchell Redditch Road & Path CC
46 Derek Hill Stourbridge Cc
47 Ian Wyllie Private Member
48 Michael Cooper Private Member
49 Nicholas Hird Private Member
50 John Claydon Private Member
51 Pete Marshall Beacon Roads CC
52 Gordon Richards
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1 Daniel Barnes Lichfield City CC Male
2 Emile Alexander Lichfield City CC Male
3 Matthew Kingston Lichfield City CC Male
4 Simon Wyllie Halesowen A & CC Male
5 Edward Woodward The MI Racing Academy Male
6 David Hird Halesowen A & CC Male
7 Joshua Mitchell Private Member Male
8 Oliver Baker Wolverhampton Whls Male
9 Ryan Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
10 Ben Askey RST Racing Team Male
11 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC Male
12 Sullivan Berry Redditch Road & Path CC Male
13 William Farmer Wolverhampton Whls Male
14 Conor Jones Solihull CC Male
15 Alex Barker Halesowen A & CC Male
16 Max Greensill Private Member Male
17 Joseph Brookes Halesowen A & CC Male
18 Luke Harris Halesowen A & CC Male
19 Sam Wainwright Redditch Road & Path CC Male
20 William Ryan Solihull CC Male
21 Grace Lister Wolverhampton Whls Female
22 Lucy Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
23 Jonathan Masters Stratford CC Male
24 Tomos Pattinson Halesowen A & CC Male
25 Oliver Tandy Solihull CC Male
26 Kinga Ingram Halesowen A & CC Female
27 Isla Mason Redditch Road & Path CC Female
28 Thomas Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Male
29 Joe Homer Redditch Road & Path CC Male
30 Matthew Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC Male
31 Thomas White Wolverhampton Whls Male
32 Isla Blain Halesowen A & CC Female
33 Alexander Ward Wolverhampton Whls Male
34 Billy Laight Halesowen A & CC Male
35 Daphne Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
36 Molly Lewis Halesowen A & CC Female
37 Charlie Boddice Wyre Forest CRC Male
38 Louis Smith Worcester St Johns CC Male
39 Will Lewis Halesowen A & CC Male
40 Posie Forrester Female
… continued after advert


1 Spencer Corder Stratford CC Male
2 Max Saunders Solihull CC Male
3 Alexander Burden Stratford CC Male
4 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Male
5 Noah Inman Bolsover & District Cycling Club Male
6 Alex Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
7 Luke Mannings Halesowen A & CC Male
8 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC Male
9 Cerys Greaves Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
10 Thomas Brookes Halesowen A & CC Male
11 Joshua Darlow Stratford CC Male
12 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC Male
13 George Lewis Halesowen A & CC Male
14 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
15 Grace Styler Halesowen A & CC Female
16 Samuel Abbott Stratford CC Male
17 Harriet Greensil Female
18 Mari Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Female
19 Jake Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
20 Tia Carr Lichfield City CC Female
21 Patrick Neely Solihull CC Male
22 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC Male
23 Amelia Jackson Newport Cc Female

1 George Cooper Pines Cycles Enve Male
2 Jefferson Tear-Verweij Private Member Male
3 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles Male
4 Ruben Stringfellow Stratford CC Male
5 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
6 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC Female
7 Oliver Ward Wolverhampton Whls Male
8 William Moseley Malvern Cycle Sport Male
9 Lauren Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Female
10 Joseph Egan Beacon Roads CC Male
11 Lottie Styler Halesowen A & CC Female
12 Chloe Shepard CTWYC Female
13 Teddy Wright Solihull CC Male

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 Daniel Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC Male
5 Rose Neely Solihull CC Female
6 Erin Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
7 Eddy Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Male
8 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC Female
9 Alexander Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC Male
10 James Caine Solihul CC Male
11 Henry Egan Private Member Male
12 Alexander Darby BRAT Male
13 Evie Stones Mid Shrop Whs Female

Under 6
1 Benjamin Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC
2 Sam Styler Halesowen A & CC
3 Millie Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers
4 Joshua Darby BRAT
5 Rory Dinsdale Private Member



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