Result: Ridley Lazer WMCXL R5 Baggeridge

Alderney Baker, Simon Wyllie, Darren Atkins, Stephen Knight winners at round 5 of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo Cross League at Baggeridge

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Result: Ridley Lazer WMCXL R5 Baggeridge

Words: Ben Goddard | Pictures: David Perry

Alderney Baker and Simon Wyllie conquered the muddy conditions to clinch the men’s and women’s events in the fifth round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League at Baggeridge Country Park in Dudley.

Wet weather on the weekend and day of the race changed the course into a slippery and muddy one which included wooded and hilly grass sections which tested the rider’s technical abilities.

Simon Wyllie took victory in the senior men’s event

Halesowen A&CC rider Wyllie who finished third in the previous round was locked in another battle throughout the senior race with fellow junior rider Daniel Barnes (Lichfield City CC). Toby Barnes, who has won three of the opening four rounds was forced to miss the race after suffering concussion on a training ride.

It was his younger looked to bring the victory back in Lichfield and opened a gap on Wyllie in the opening exchanges[BG1] as his rival suffered an early puncture. However, National Under-16 Cyclo-Cross Champion from last season Wyllie, from Worcester, worked his way back up to the leader as the junction was made half-way through the race.

As they approached the finish Barnes tangled with the course tape and despite riding back up to his rival Wyllie timed hid sprint to perfection and took victory. “After my puncture I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t get back to the front as I didn’t feel that good,” said Wyllie.

“On one of the off-camber corners coming into the finish I took a different line to Dan which was faster and he tangled with the tape so lost time. I attacked but he got back up to me. On the last corner I didn’t want him to dive bomb me so took it tight but he took a wider and faster line so coming out of it we were head to head and I just won the sprint.”

Both Barnes and Wyllie have been selected to ride for Great Britain in two international races in Belgium this weekend. Behind fellow junior Matthew Kingston (Lichfield City CC) initially led the chase but the experience of Ewan Grivell-Mellor (Mid Shropshire Whls) eventually came through to take third.

Darren Atkins (Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear) once again took a clear win by nearly two minutes in the veteran’s 40-49 category. The battle behind was led by Nicholas Popham (Rotor Race Team) in second while Jason McNulty (Royal Leamington Spa CC) finished third.

Alderney Baker won the women’s event

The women’s race was another battle between two junior riders who left their more experienced rivals behind to fight out the win. Unlike the men’s event Baker, 18, from Brackley, showing her power to gap Josie Nelson (RST Racing Team) in the last few laps to win by 43 seconds.

Behind Baker’s Team Empella team-mate Xan Crees came home in a comfortable third place. Isla Rowntree (Islabikes) once again thrived in the muddy conditions to come home first veteran rider ahead of Karen Summers (unattached) in second and Amanda Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) in third.

“I had an absolute nightmare from the start as I didn’t hear the whistle so was near the back of the field,” said Baker. “It only took me a few corners to get back to the front though. It was quite a technical course and it was very fun to race on and was different to a lot of courses. It was slippery and there was a lot of roots.”

Stephen Knight took the veteran’s over-50 win

Stephen Knight (Team Jewson MI Racing-Polypipe) continued his perfect record in the veteran’s over-50 category by riding clear once again. On this occasion he was joined by team-mate Mark James during the opening exchanges before drawing out a winning margin.

James came second while Glenn Coltman (Leicestershire Road Club) led the chasers home for third place. After narrowly finishing second in the previous two rounds local rider Ben Askey (RST/Cycle Division got the win he desired in the under-16 youth boy’s event.

Despite Askey taking the lead early on he was kept at a dozen seconds by Alex Barker (Team Backstedt/Hotchillee) before pulling away on the last lap. Sullivan Berry (Redditch Road & Path CC) saw off a challenge from quickly closing under-14 winner Max Greensill (Rapid Race Products) for third overall.

Greensill had started almost a minute behind the older riders before working his way through the field. Spencer Corder (Rotor Race Team) was second under-14 while Thomas White (Wolverhampton Whls) finished third.

Grace Lister (Wolverhampton Whls) used her local knowledge to dominate the under-16 girl’s event ahead of Daphne Jones (Mid Shropshire Whls) in second and Isla Mason (Team Empella in third. Ellie Swingell (Halesowen A&CC) road strongly to finish fastest under-14 ahead of Rebecca Woodvine (Mid Shropshire Whls) in second and Hannah Cockroft (unattached) in third.

1 Alderney Baker Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com Junior
2 Josie Nelson RST Racing Team Junior
3 Xan Crees Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com U23
4 Isla Rowntree Islabikes V45
5 Lucy Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers Junior
6 Karen Summers Private Member V45
7 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V40
8 Jessica Cobbe Leicestershire Road Club U23
9 Naomi Buckley-Melling Stourbridge Cc Senior
10 Annie Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC U23
11 Lisa Garside Private Member V50
12 Helen Pritchard Sytri – Shrewsbury Triathlon V50
13 Alison Bagnall Stratford CC V50
14 Hannah Noone stafford road club Senior
15 Claire Hughes Solihull CC V40
16 Edie Shaw Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior
17 Bethany Harris Wolverhampton Whls Junior
18 Rosie Hopkins Wyre Forest CRC V40

1 Simon Wyllie Halesowen A & CC Junior
2 Daniel Barnes Lichfield City CC Junior
3 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers U23
4 Matthew Kingston Lichfield City CC Junior
5 Jonathan Brain Private Member Senior
6 Robert Burns Islabikes Senior
7 Thomas Payton Stourbridge Cc Senior
8 Nick Morris Clee Cycles Senior
9 David Hird Halesowen A & CC Junior
10 Gary Price RST/Cycle Division Racing Team Senior
11 Darren Atkins Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear V45
12 Sebastian Bacon Wolverhampton Whls U23
13 Neil Haywood FISHFACE CYCLES RT Senior
14 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC Junior
15 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc U23
16 Dave Saunders Mid Shropshire Wheelers Senior
17 Nicholas Popham Rotor Race Team V45
18 Jeremy Hicks Rugby Velo Senior
19 Jason McNulty Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
20 Colin Miller Ride Coventry V40
21 Phillip Glaze Stourbridge Cc V40
22 Jonathan Williams Fred Williams Cycles Senior
23 Joseph Lister Wolverhampton Whls U23
24 Richard Ashley Jennings C2 Racing Senior
25 Ben Beauchamp Beacon Roads CC Senior
26 Andy Collis Bicicielo V45
27 Gareth Vickers Stourbridge Cc Senior
28 Christian Morgan Ride Coventry V45
29 John Darroch Private Member V45
30 Andrew Wearing Mike Vaughan Cycles Senior
31 Andy Jones Clee Cycles V45
32 Thomas Smith Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior
33 Michael Warner Stratford CC V40
34 James Griffiths Clee Cycles V45
35 John Hines 3C Payment sports V45
36 Stuart Jackson Nova Raiders Cycling Club V40
37 David Smith Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team Senior
38 Zak White Wolverhampton Whls U23
40 Joshua Hubble Halesowen A & CC Junior
41 Iain Tinsley Rotor Race Team V45
42 John McAllister Private Member Senior
43 Nigel Hammond Private Member V40
44 Mark Charles Private Member V40
45 Richard Scott Senior
46 Stephen Jefferies Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
47 Leo Bungay Mid Shropshire Wheelers Junior
48 Gareth Evans Revolutions Racing V40
49 Thomas Green Solihull CC Junior
50 Mitchell Ward Private Member Senior
51 Robin Bailey Private Member V40
52 James Strain Redditch Road & Path CC V40
53 Martyn Gall Royal Sutton CC Senior
54 Stephen Edwards Wolverhampton Whls V40
55 Thomas Williams Beacon Roads CC Junior
56 Paul Lewis Cycle-Tec V40
57 Nuno Freitas V40
58 Mark Beddowes Dynamic Rides CC V40
59 Oscar Laight Halesowen A & CC Junior
60 Spencer Parker Private Member V45
61 Kevin Hayward Stourbridge Cc V45
62 Steve Mullen Lichfield City CC V45
63 Christopher Coombs Clee Cycles V45
64 Andrew Taylor Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V45
65 David Green Solihull CC V45
66 Patrick Allaway Beacon Roads CC V45
67 Warren Drew Rapha Cycling Club V45
68 Chris Reed V40
69 Nick Long Nova Raiders Cycling Club Senior
70 Ed Middleton Private Member Senior
71 Ian Grant Senior
72 George Appleby Senior
73 Matthew Boazman Wyre Forest CRC Senior
74 Michael Brownsword Solihull CC V40
75 Kevin Lister Kenilworth Wheelers CC V40
76 Russell McAusland Private Member V40
77 Neil Wood Private Member V45
78 Dominic Noone stafford road club Senior
79 Matthew Henney Redditch R & P V45
80 Timothy Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers V45
81 Anthony De-Leon Wolverhampton Whls Senior
82 Michael Harrison Solihull CC V45
83 Emerson Graham Ride Coventry V45
84 Ewan Grey Private Member V40
85 John Potts Redditch Road & Path CC V45
86 Scott Barnett Private Member Senior
87 Fraser Pressdee Lichfield City CC V40
88 Julian Holt West Midlands Police CC V45
89 Mark McEnery Private Member V40
90 Jon Ellis Royal Sutton CC Senior
91 Alex Hall Wolverhampton Whls Junior
92 Hari Vikram Kolnaty Solihull CC V40
93 Paul Berry Redditch Road & Path CC V40
94 Robert Grimes BIKESTRONG-KTM V40
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VET 50
1 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50M
2 Mark James Team Jewson MI Racing Polypipe V50M
3 Glenn Coltman Leicestershire Road Club V55M
4 Chris Wreghitt Second Wind V60M
5 Peter Harris Pearce Cycles RT V60M
6 Vince Page Worcester St Johns CC V50M
7 Mark Mullender Walsall RCC V55M
8 Richard Lewis Kenilworth Wheelers CC V50M
9 Gareth Highley CC Giro V50M
10 Andy Collins Mid Shropshire Wheelers V50M
11 Kevin Payton Stourbridge Cc V55M
12 Neil Taylor Coalville Wheelers CC V55M
13 Brian Handley Wolverhampton Whls V50M
14 David Garrett Rugby Velo V55M
15 John Buchan Lichfield City CC V50M
16 Carl Max Taylor Rotor Race Team V50M
17 Peter Busby Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55M
18 Nigel Jones Rotor Race Team V55M
19 Sean O’Toole Private Member V55M
20 Chris Watts Matlock CC V60M
21 David Allen Clee Cycles V50M
22 Nicholas Vipond Beacon Roads CC V50M
23 Timothy Stowe Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60M
24 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry V50M
25 Richard Graham Worcester St Johns CC V50M
26 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT V65M
27 John Byatt Private Member V55M
28 Paul Gibson Wyre Forest CRC V50M
29 Simon Jones Fred Williams Cycles V50M
30 Gary Hipwell Rugby Velo V55M
31 Steven Ford Nova Raiders Cycling Club V50M
32 Garry Bolton Wolverhampton Whls V50M
33 Neville Gunn Solihull CC V50M
34 Dave Cherry Leicester Forest CC V50M
35 David Simmons Private Member V50M
36 Victor Barnett Welland Valley V60M
37 Andy Jones Wolverhampton Whls V65M
38 Andrew Merrick Stourbridge Cc V50M
39 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V50M
40 Robert Burns Islabikes V55M
41 Mike Snell Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V60M
42 Steve Chapman Nova Raiders Cycling Club V55M
43 Robin Corder Rotor Race Team V55M
44 Phillip Edwards Redditch Road & Path CC V55M
45 Peter Mooney Rugby Velo V70M
46 Philip Richardson Wolverhampton Whls V50M
47 Michael Haddon Wyre Forest CRC V55M
48 Adrian Ravenscroft Beacon Roads CC V50M
49 Peter Ward Solihull CC V65M
50 Gary Hodkinson Mid Shropshire Wheelers V55M
51 Angus Page Brereton Wheelers C.C V50M
52 Peter Carman Lyme RC V60M
53 Martin Tinsley Private Member V55M
54 Stephen Allcott Fred Williams Cycles V55M
55 John Homer Redditch Road & Path CC V50M
56 Glyn Lewis V50M
57 Phil Metcalfe Wolverhampton Whls V65M
58 Nik Bettam Cannon Hill C.C. V60M
59 Tim Bungay Mid Shropshire Wheelers V55M
60 Pat Boulton Winchcombe V50M
61 Alastair Grant Halesowen A & CC V60M
62 John Claydon Private Member V65M
63 Nicholas Francks’ Halesowen A & CC V50M
64 Ian Forrester Kenilworth Wheelers CC V65M
65 Nicholas Selibas Velo Karbona V70M
66 Pete Marshall Beacon Roads CC V60M
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1 Ben Askey RST/Cycle Division Racing Team U16
2 Alex Barker Team Backstedt/Hotchillee U16
3 Sullivan Berry Redditch Road & Path CC U16
4 Max Greensill Rapid Racer Products U14
5 Ryan Greaves Lichfield City CC U16
6 Conor Jones Solihull CC U16
7 Joe Brookes Halesowen A & CC U16
8 Harry Cockroft Private Member U16
9 William Farmer Wolverhampton Whls U16
10 Jacob Jones Solihull CC U16
11 Ben Pierce Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16
12 Spencer Corder Rotor Race Team U14
13 Daniel Armstrong Leicester Forest CC U16
14 Joe Homer Redditch Road & Path CC U16
15 Thomas White Wolverhampton Whls U14
16 Fred Meredith Hafren CC U16
17 Thomas Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U16
18 Oliver Tandy Solihull CC U16
19 Jim Vernon Welland Valley U16
20 Byron Garvey Redditch Road & Path CC U16
21 Tomos Pattinson Halesowen A & CC U14
22 William Ryan Solihull CC U16
23 Benjamin Tomlinson Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16
24 Grace Lister Wolverhampton Whls U16
25 Daphne Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16
26 Max Bufton Hafren CC U14
27 Max Saunders Solihull CC U14
28 Luca Bradley Lichfield City CC U14
29 Isla Mason Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com U16
30 Noah Inman Lichfield City CC U14
31 Ben Lucas Wolverhampton Whls U14
32 Alexander Ward Wolverhampton Whls U16
33 Ellie Swingell Halesowen A & CC U14
34 Alex Dalton Redditch Road & Path CC U14
35 Lewis Tinsley Stratford CC U14
36 Luke Brennan Stratford CC U14
37 Akhil Kolnaty Solihull CC U14
38 Dan Hutchinson Halesowen A & CC U14
39 Thomas Crapper Abergavenny RC U16
40 Matthew Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC U16
41 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC U14
42 Matthew Jordan Stratford CC U14
43 Tom Brookes Halesowen A & CC U14
44 Amelia Southall Wwcc U16
45 Annabel Ramsey Lfcc U16
46 George Dunn Wwcc U14
47 Hannah Cockroft Private Member U14
48 Molly Lewis Halesowen A & CC U16
49 William Simons Halesowen A & CC U16
50 Luke Mannings Halesowen A & CC U14
51 Will Lewis Halesowen A & CC U14
52 Posie Forrester Wyre Forest CRC U14
53 Cerys Greaves Lichfield City CC U14
54 Tom Hyde Newport Shropshire CC U14
55 Marc Charton Solihul CC U14
56 Mari Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U14
57 Joshua Darlow Stratford CC U14
58 Thomas Cartwright Redditch Road & Path CC U14
59 Kim Greening wyre forest U14
60 Amelia Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U14
61 Harriette Taylor Newport Shropshire CC U14
62 Nathaniel Bunch Wfcrc U16
63 Joseph Turnbull Redditch Road & Path CC U14
64 Alexander Burden Stratford CC U14
65 Hannah Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC U14

Under 12
1 Aelwen Davies The Bulls U12
2 Alex Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
3 George Cooper Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme U12
4 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC U12
5 Jesse Bradley Lichfield City CC U12
6 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U12
7 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles U12
8 Jude Du Toit Newark Castle CC U12
9 Rocco Schumacher Pro Vision Race Team U12
10 Jefferson Tear-Verweij Stratford CC U12
11 Andrew Groves Lichfield City CC U12
12 Murphy Hamilton Lichfield City CC U12
13 Zoe Parker Stratford CC U12
14 Harriet Greensill Rapid Racer Products U12
15 Noah Killeen Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
16 Joe Greening Wyre Forest CRC U12
17 Teddy Taylor Newport Shropshire CC U12
18 George Lewis Halesowen A & CC U12
19 Charlie Colley Newport Shropshire CC U12
20 Ella Tandy Solihull CC U12
21 Megan Cherry Leicester Forest CC U12
22 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC U12
23 Callum Moss Private Member U12
24 Jake Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12
25 Samuel Abbott Stratford CC U12
26 Dylan Phipps Redditch Road & Path CC U12
27 Ashley Watton Newport Shropshire CC U12
28 Ray Lovell Wolverhampton Whls U12
29 Toby Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U12
30 Oliver Ward Wolverhampton Whls U12
31 Holly Saunders Solihull CC U12
32 Sophie Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U12
33 William Hyde Newport Shropshire CC U12
34 Henry Lewis Wolverhampton Whls U12
35 Harry Parkes Newport Shropshire CC U12
36 Evangeline Hopkins Halesowen A & CC U12

Under 10
1 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers U10
2 Corin Bradley Lichfield City CC U10
3 Jet Du Toit Newark Castle CC U10
4 Louis Inman Lichfield City CC U10
5 Ruben Stringfellow Stratford CC U10
6 Jonah Hearn Lichfield City CC U10
7 Daniel Charton Solihull CC U10
8 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC U10
9 Elliot Turner Hafren CC U10
10 James Saunders Wyre Forest CRC U10
11 Ben Bramford-Hale Newport Shropshire CC U10
12 Victor Meredith Hafren CC U10
13 Zach Jenkins U10
14 Eva-Joan Leavis Leicester Forest CC U10
15 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC U10
16 Tamsin Moss Private Member U10
17 Samuel Thomas Solihull CC U10
18 Lewis Colley Private Member U10
19 Samuel Bishop Redditch Road & Path CC U10
20 Daniel Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC U10
21 William Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U10
22 William Garner Solihull CC U10
23 Joshua Wood Wolverhampton Whls U10
24 Ronan Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC U10
25 Erin Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers U10
26 Nyla Fletcher Wolverhampton Whls U10
27 Eleanor McGuire Newport Shropshire CC U10
28 Roxanne Schumacher Private Member U10
29 Evie May Stones Mid Shropshire Wheelers U10

Under 8
1 Isaac Vickery Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8
2 Jude White Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8
3 Arly Berry Redditch Road & Path CC U8
4 Jacob Smith Welland Valley CC U8
5 Alexander Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC U8
6 James Caine Solihull CC U8
7 Philippa Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC U8
8 Lucas Mccann Newport Cc U8
9 Shauna Hamilton Lichfield City CC U8
10 Micah Johnson Hayward Wolverhampton Whls U8
11 Toby Leavis Leicester Forest CC U8
12 Millie Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8
13 Finn Mccann Newport Cc U8
14 Ben Turner Hafren CC U8
15 Benjamin Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC U8
16 Jayden Cook Wyre Forest CRC U8
17 Emma Saunders Wyre Forest CRC U8
18 Alexandra Grey U8
19 George Berry Malvern Cycle Sport U8
20 Jessica Askey Private Member U8
21 Henry Boyces Banbury Star U8

Under 6
1 Molly Kostka Private Member U6
2 Rory Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC U6
3 Charlie Parkes Newport Shropshire CC U6
4 Ruben Garner Solihull CC U6
5 Samuel Boazman Wyre Forest CRC U6
6 Mollie Cook Wyre Forest CRC U6
7 Fifi Kostka Private Member U6
8 Owen Baird U6


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