Result: Lazer/Ridley West Midlands CX League

Robert Burns, Karen Summers, Ed Moseley and Stephen Knight winners at round 6 of the Lazer/Ridley West Midlands CX League at Kenilworth on Sunday, October 28

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Result: Lazer/Ridley West Midlands CX League

Photos: David Perry | Words: Ben Goddard

Robert Burns (Isla Bikes) and Karren Summers took the opportunity of their rivals being away at the National Trophy to take maiden victories in the sixth round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

A new course at Stoneleigh National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Warwickshire hosted the latest round of the series and provided a fast route with a wooded section which tested riders.

The course organised by Royal Leamington Spa CC also included a double set of planks which forced most riders to dismount. With previous men’s and women’s winners absent it was a chance for new names to take the top spot of the podium.

In the men’s race Burns, aged 29, from Worcester seized the initiative and road away from his rivals to clinch a solo victory. Riding his single speed bike the senior rider thrived in the fast conditions to take his first win of the season.

He was initially joined at the front of the race by Nick Morris (Clee Cycles), Tom Payton (Stourbridge CC) and Jonathan Brain. Burns made his move for glory on the third of eight laps and despite the group behind only losing a handful of seconds each lap he grew a winning margin of 32 seconds by the finish.

Behind Brain went in pursuit of the lone leader but had to settle for second while Morris beat Payton in a close finish for third. Josh Field (Halesowen A&CC) was fastest junior ahead of Scott Matthews (Redditch Road & Path CC) in second and Thomas Williams (Beacon Roads CC) in third.

“It was a bit of an opportunity whilst the junior riders were away in Scotland at the National Trophy,” said Burns. “It is usually the Barnes brothers at the front or Simon Wyllie so it was a chance to get to the front a little bit. After my practice lap at 11am the veteran’s race smoothed the course out and made it a lot faster so I had to up my single gear and it was just about right.”

“It was quite a twisty course in places and there were leaves on the ground in the woods so it was easy to lose a wheel. After breaking away I was a little bit worried that because I was on my own it was difficult to gauge how the group were racing behind so I tried to keep a constant speed.”

It was a good day for the Worcester riders as Burn’s training partner Ed Moseley (Malvern Cycle Sport) clinched another victory in the veteran’s over-40 category. Moseley pulled out an early gap but was chased throughout the race by regular category winner Darren Atkins (Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear) with just 15 seconds separating them at the finish. Meanwhile host club rider Jason McNulty finished third.

Veteran rider Summers, from Wellington, also took the opportunity of previous winners being absent to take her first overall victory in the women’s event. After dominating the veteran’s category this season Summers showed her power to ride away from her rivals to clinch the win by almost a minute.

Summers edged out a slender lead on the opening lap ahead of a chasing group including Hannah Pearson (Fishface Cycles RT), Amanda Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC), Claire Murphy (Kenilworth Wheelers CC) and Annie Lindsay (Redditch Road & Path CC).

By the end of the second lap Summers was 20 seconds clear of the chasers and kept increasing her margin to win by 53 seconds. Behind Pearson gapped her rivals with two laps remaining in a bid for second and despite losing time on the last lap held on to her position while veteran rider Whitehouse took third.

Stephen Knight (Team Jewson MI Racing-Polypipe) continued his domination of the veteran’s over-50 category riding clear once again to take a solo win by almost a minute. However, he was made to work for his victory by Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles) who despite losing 25 seconds to the leader on the opening lap then only lost a handful of seconds each lap to the leader.

Behind a close battle for third saw Stephen Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) finish just six seconds clear of Mark Mullender (Walsall RC).

The youth boy’s race also saw a new winner in the form of Jude Chamberlain (The MI Racing Academy) following a tight battle with Oliver Baker (Wolverhampton Whls). While Joshua Mitchell surged away from a host of chasers to finish third.

Tomos Pattinson (Halesowen A&CC) was a clear winner in the under-14 boy’s race finishing 40 seconds clear of Ben Lucas (Wolverhampton Whls) in second while Max Saunders (Solihull CC) finished third.

In the youth girl’s race under-14 rider Ellie Swingell (Halesowen A&CC) took a convincing victory ahead of fellow under-14 rider Rebecca Woodvine (Mid Shropshire Whls) in second overall.

First under-16 girl was Molly Lewis (Halesowen A&CC).

1 Karen Summers Private Member V45
2 Hannah Pearson FISHFACE CYCLES RT Senior
3 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V40
4 Claire Murphy Kenilworth Wheelers CC Senior
5 Annie Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC U23
6 Rachel Connerney Cheshire Maverick Cc Senior
7 Melissa Baker Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com U23
8 Michelle Paget Rugby Velo V40
9 Tessa Oelofse Brat Club V45
10 Helen Pritchard Sytri – Shrewsbury Triathlon V50
11 Jackie Lake Stourbridge Cc V50
12 Pam Saunders Stourbridge Cc V55
13 Hannah Noone stafford road club Senior
14 Val Ravenhill Kenilworth Wheelers V55
15 Helen Jamieson Beacon Roads CC V40
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1 Robert Burns Islabikes Senior
2 Jonathan Brain Private Member Senior
3 Nick Morris Clee Cycles Senior
4 Thomas Payton Stourbridge Cc Senior
5 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc U23
6 Gary Price RST/Cycle Division Racing Team Senior
7 Ed Moseley Malvern Cycle Sport V40
8 Darren Atkins Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear V45
9 Jason McNulty Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
10 Jonathan Williams Fred Williams Cycles Senior
11 Claude Binchet Solihull CC Senior
12 Nicholas Popham Rotor Race Team V45
13 Jonathan Morris Fishface Cycles Senior
14 Dave Saunders Mid Shropshire Wheelers Senior
15 Andrew Wearing Mike Vaughan Cycles Senior
16 Robert Grimes Wyre Forest CRC V40
17 Gareth Scott Bicicielo V45
18 John Darroch Private Member V45
19 Gareth Vickers Stourbridge Cc Senior
20 Andy Collis Bicicielo V45
21 Ben Beauchamp Beacon Roads CC Senior
22 Richard Ashley Jennings C2 Racing Senior
23 David Reilly Ride Coventry V45
24 Mark Allen Congleton Cc U23
25 James Paradine Private Member Senior
26 Andy Jones Clee Cycles V45
27 Roger Cutler Beacon Roads CC Senior
28 Christian Morgan Ride Coventry V45
29 Darren Shaw Stourbridge velo V45
30 John McAllister Private Member Senior
31 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC Junior
32 Jonathan Perks CC Giro V45
33 Zak White Wolverhampton Whls U23
34 Stuart Alford Warwick Lanterne Rouge CC Senior
35 Spencer Parker Private Member V45
36 Gary Howard Private Member V45
37 Colin Miller Ride Coventry V40
38 Stephen Jefferies Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40
39 Michael Warner Stratford CC V40
40 James Griffiths Clee Cycles V45
41 Johann Breytenbach Stratford CC V40
42 Mark White Mid Shropshire Wheelers V40
43 Martyn Gall Royal Sutton CC Senior
44 Thomas Smith Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior
45 Martyn Vickers Lichfield City CC V40
46 Jonny Cheetham Giant Leamington Senior
47 Gareth Evans Revolutions Racing V40
48 Robin Bailey Private Member V40
49 Nick Hammond Private Member Senior
50 Kevin Hayward Stourbridge Cc V45
51 Scott Matthews Redditch Road & Path CC Junior
52 Ian Warr Redditch Road & Path CC V40
53 Pete Matthews Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior
54 Gerard Scott Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V45
55 Dominic Noone stafford road club Senior
56 Patrick Allaway Beacon Roads CC V45
57 Richard Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC V45
58 James Strain Redditch Road & Path CC V40
59 Leon Rainsford Mike Vaughan Cycles V40
60 Robin Baker Brixton Cycles Club Senior
61 Andrew Taylor Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V45
62 Matthew Mannings Halesowen A & CC V45
63 Ville Tiitola V40
64 Ian Grant Senior
65 Simon May Private Member Senior
66 Gabrioslos Sosso Senior
67 James Thompson Team JMC Senior
68 Richard Bruce V40
69 Ewan Grey Private Member V40
70 Michael Harrison Solihull CC V45
71 Neil Wood Private Member V45
72 Jackgammon Gammon Lanterne Rouge V45
73 Emerson Graham Ride Coventry V45
74 Neil Pellowe Beacon Roads CC Senior
75 Fraser Pressdee Lichfield City CC V40
76 Russell McAusland Private Member V40
77 Russ Parker Private Member V40
78 Mark Prately Senior
79 Ben Smith Senior
80 Ashley Bullock Eva Velo Senior
81 Mark McEnery Private Member V40
82 John Potts Redditch Road & Path CC V45
83 Rob Erwin V40
84 Tom Abbott Stratford CC V40
85 Kirk Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC V40
86 Peter Bishop Redditch Road & Path CC V40
87 Thomas Williams Beacon Roads CC Junior
88 Paul Daniels Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40

VET 50
1 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50M
2 Roy Chamberlain Team Corley Cycles V50M
3 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V50M
4 Mark Mullender Walsall RCC V55M
5 Andy Webb Kenilworth Wheelers CC V55M
6 Ian Wright Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60M
7 Michael Vaughan Mike Vaughan Cycles V50M
8 Nigel Jones Rotor Race Team V55M
9 Brian Handley Wolverhampton Whls V50M
10 Gareth Highley CC Giro V50M
11 John Buchan Lichfield City CC V50M
12 David Wilcock Private Member V50M
13 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry V50M
14 Peter Busby Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55M
15 Leon Field CC Giro V50M
16 Clive Middleton Fred Williams Cycles V55M
17 Carl Max Taylor Rotor Race Team V50M
18 David Allen Clee Cycles V50M
19 Timothy Stowe Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60M
20 Richard Graham Worcester St Johns CC V50M
21 John Byatt Private Member V55M
22 Gary Rowing-Parker Solihull CC V60M
23 Nicholas Vipond Beacon Roads CC V50M
24 Sean O’Toole Private Member V55M
25 Andy Jones Wolverhampton Whls V65M
26 Kevin Bodley Fred Williams Cycles V55M
27 Steven Ford Nova Raiders Cycling Club V50M
28 Garry Bolton Wolverhampton Whls V50M
29 Robert Burns Islabikes V55M
30 Chris Watts Matlock CC V60M
31 Paul Gibson Wyre Forest CRC V50M
32 Mike Snell Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V60M
33 Steve Chapman Nova Raiders Cycling Club V55M
34 Keith Weavin Halesowen A & CC V60M
35 Kevin Plant Stoubridge CC V50M
36 Michael Williams Fred Williams Cycles V55M
37 David Simmons Private Member V50M
38 Angus Page Brereton Wheelers C.C V50M
39 Martin Tinsley Private Member V55M
40 Andrew Merrick Stourbridge Cc V50M
41 Nigel Barnes EvoVelo Karbona V55M
42 Neil Taylor Solihull CC V50M
43 Mark Deakin Private Member V50M
44 Michael Webb Lichfield City CC V70M
45 Philip Richardson Wolverhampton Whls V50M
46 Mike Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers V50M
47 Christopher Thacker Ashfield Rc V60M
48 Michael Haddon Wyre Forest CRC V55M
49 John Homer Redditch Road & Path CC V50M
50 Peter Ward Solihull CC V65M
51 Phil Metcalfe Wolverhampton Whls V65M
52 Ian Cadwallader Stourbridge Cc V55M
53 Ian Forrester Kenilworth Wheelers CC V65M
54 Derek Hill Stourbridge Cc V65M
55 Malcolm Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC V50M
56 Bernard Wareing Solihull CC V65M
57 Nicholas Selibas Velo Karbona V70M
58 Robin Goundry Private Member V60M
59 Alastair Grant Halesowen A & CC V60M
60 Nicholas Francks’ Halesowen A & CC V50M
61 Stephen Foster Private Member V55M
62 Pete Marshall Beacon Roads CC V60M
63 John Claydon Private Member V65M
64 Gordon Richards Private Member V60M
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1 Jude Chamberlain The MI Racing Academy U16 Male
2 Oliver Baker Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
3 Joshua Mitchell Private Member U16 Male
4 Oliver Tandy Solihull CC U16 Male
5 Jack Fothergill Solihul CC U16 Male
6 Jacob Jones Solihull CC U16 Male
7 Harry Cockroft Private Member U16 Male
8 Joe Homer Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
9 Jonathan Masters Stratford CC U16 Male
10 William Farmer Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
11 Fred Meredith Hafren CC U16 Male
12 Thomas Charles Halesowen A & CC U16 Male
13 Tomos Pattinson Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
14 Ben Lucas Wolverhampton Whls U14 Male
15 Max Saunders Solihull CC U14 Male
16 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing U16 Male
17 Luca Bradley Lichfield City CC U14 Male
18 Ellie Swingell Halesowen A & CC U14 Female
19 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC U14 Male
20 Thomas Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
21 Luke Brennan Stratford CC U14 Male
22 Matthew Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
23 Tom Brookes Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
24 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers U14 Female
25 Posie Forrester Wyre Forest CRC U14 Female
26 Will Lewis Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
27 Luke Mannings Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
28 Molly Lewis Halesowen A & CC U16 Female
29 Alexander Brown Wyre Forest CRC U14 Male
30 Isla Blain Halesowen A & CC U16 Female
31 William Simons Halesowen A & CC U16 Male
32 Marc Charton Solihull CC U14 Male
33 Mari Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Female
34 Thomas Cartwright Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
35 Amelia Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U14 Female
36 Kim Greening Wyre Forest CRC U14 Female
37 Joseph Turnbull Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
38 Nathan Sanders Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
39 Hannah Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC U14 Female
40 Tom Hyde Newport Shropshire CC U14 Male
41 Charlie Boddice U16 Male
42 Hannah Cockroft Private Member U14 Female

Under 12
1 George Cooper Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme Male
2 Jude Du Toit Newark Castle CC Male
3 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Male
4 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC Male
5 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles Male
6 Jesse Bradley Lichfield City CC Male
7 Rocco Schumacher Pro Vision Race Team Male
8 Zoe Parker Stratford CC Female
9 Joe Greening Wyre Forest CRC Male
10 Samuel Abbott Stratford CC Male
11 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC Male
12 George Lewis Halesowen A & CC Male
13 Ella Tandy Solihull CC Female
14 Felix Forrester Wyre Forest CRC Male
15 Murphy Hamilton Lichfield City CC Male
16 Callum Moss Private Member Male
17 Jake Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
18 Ashley Watton Newport Shropshire CC Male
19 Patrick Neely Solihull CC Male
20 Oliver Ward Wolverhampton Whls Male
21 Holly Saunders Solihull CC Female
22 Briony Roberts Hafren CC Female
23 Harry Parkes Newport Shropshire CC Male
24 William Hyde Newport Shropshire CC Male
25 Evangeline Hopkins Halesowen A & CC Female
26 Louis Mingins Stratford CC Male
27 Finlay Jefferies RLS Cycling Club Mal

Under 10
1 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
2 Jet Du Toit Newark Castle CC Male
3 Corin Bradley Lichfield City CC Male
4 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC Female
5 Ruben Stringfellow Stratford CC Male
6 Daniel Charton Solihull CC Male
7 Elliot Turner Hafren CC Male
8 Ben Bramford-Hale Newport Shropshire CC Male
9 Ozzy Beswick Wyre Forest CRC Male
10 James Saunders Wyre Forest CRC Male
11 Victor Meredith Hafren CC Male
12 Zach Jenkins Male
13 Matthew Hitchmough Solihull CC Male
14 Lauren Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Female
15 Daniel Philpotts Wyre Forest CRC Male
16 George Gregory Wyre Forest CRC Male
17 Tamsin Moss Private Member Female
18 Rose Neely Solihull CC Female
19 Samuel Thomas Solihull CC Male
20 Samuel Bishop Redditch Road & Path CC Male
21 Samuel Woodward Coventry Rc Male
22 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC Female
23 Ronan Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC Male
24 Owen Jervis Redditch Road & Path CC Male
25 Seb Rogers Solihull CC Male
26 Joshua Wood Wolverhampton Whls Male
27 Daniel Brownsword Solihull CC Male
28 Eddy Porton Redditch Road & Path CC Male
29 Roxanne Schumacher Private Member Female
30 Eleanor McGuire Newport Shropshire CC Female
31 Izzy Bullock EvoVelo Karbona Female
32 Evie May Stones Mid Shropshire Wheelers Female
33 Evelyn Jervis Redditch Road & Path CC Female
34 Fluer Banes RLSCC Female

Under 8
1 Isaac Vickery Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
2 Jude White Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
3 Arly Berry Redditch Road & Path CC Male
4 Philippa Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC Female
5 Shauna Hamilton Lichfield City CC Female
6 Ben Turner Hafren CC Male
7 Caleb Bate Stratford CC Male
8 Leonardo Meardi-Lees RLSCC Male
9 James Caine Solihull CC Male
10 Freddie Roberts Hafren CC Male
11 Jessica Askey Private Member Female
12 James Wise Redditch Road & Path CC Male
13 Jacob Lattimer Male
14 Jayden Cook Wyre Forest CRC Male
15 Star Pearce Female
16 Alby Rahman Male
17 Corden Starkey Male
18 Tiger Lily Cheetham Giant Leamington Female

Under 6
1 Charlie Parkes Newport Shropshire CC Male
2 Rory Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC Male
3 Molly Kostka Private Member Female
4 Preston York Mid Shropshire Wheelers Male
5 Anaadh Singh Private Member Male
6 Fifi Kostka Private Member Female
7 Mollie Cook Wyre Forest CRC Female


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