Sunday 20th September saw the first round of the South West Cyclo Cross League run in the traditional format. After the
crit style races of the Flan Rou event the riders were ready for the course at the Castle Sport Centre, Taunton, a venue
mmaking a welcome return after a couple of years abscence.
After the rain showers of the past week and overnight mist, the grass surface of the course had plenty of grip but started
to cut up through the event. The flat profile lead to riders sprinting from corner to corner, making overtaking
surprisingly difficult considering the wide open space. Two sand pits and some tight sections between trees tested the
riders skills and balanced the course.
In the senior race Chris Rathbone(Unattached) and Mid Devon’s Andrew Parker spent the hour pulling out a 1.30 minute gap
over the rest of field. Neither was able to shake off the other with Parker just finishing ahead by 4 seconds to take the
overall race and first veteran position too.
The Mid Devon had many riders taking part throughout all the categories, including a win in the Youth race for Oliver
Allen. More details to follow when the results are published.
This Tuesday, the club will be holding the usual cross training session. Meet at the Velopark in Paignton starting at
6.30pm. For this session we’ve hired the velopark so we can use the stakes and planks to create a small cross course to
practice on. It will give you a good opportunity to try out some different tyre pressures, while we practice skills and do
some interval sessions. There will be small charge for the evening so please bring along £3.
Winning, it’s the name of the game but sometimes things just don’t go your way, especially when the pressure is on to repeat previous success. Andrew Parker took a trip to North Devon and seems to be surfing a wave of success as he took the overall win and first veteran at West Buckland School in Sunday’s round of the South West Cyclo Cross series.
A fantastic course was laid out around the school grounds, with the manicured sports pitches providing an experience not unlike riding around a golf course. The autumn sun continued to shine and the racing was set to be fast and full on.
The numerous inclines on the course provided an opportunity for riders to make the best of a good start with the front group of riders being policed by Andrew, Oscar Wiessler and James Davey, who was returning from a couple of weeks of after a busy road season.
After an hour of racing the Mid Devon riders managed to cross the line and take each step on the podium and first position in junior, senior and veteran categories.
In other races Solomon Drury and Felix Fawn took first and second in the under 10’s while Ali Hooper took fourth in the womens race.
Again there were many other MDCC riders in action so if you fancy giving cross a try, check out the cyclo cross page where the calendar has all the details of club rides and the next race at Escot in two weeks.
More details when the full results are released!
As the summer weather continues into autumn, evergreen roluer, Andy Parker, took his first overall win in round 2 of the South West Cyclo Cross League at Court Fields Community School, Wellington. Andy found time to crash into a tree before riding away from the rest of the leading pack, who were unwilling or unable to share the chase, resulting in the veteran’s day
in the sun.
Oscar Wiessler rode to fourth position overall and second junior, to back up his result from Bodmin a fortnight ago and confirm his entry at the top of the south west cyclo cross field.
Other notable rides were James Bovey taking fourth veteran and placing comfortably in the top ten. Other results are below but it was great to see so many Mid Devon CC jerseys competing.
The next south west league event will be in north Devon in two weeks. Check out the club cyclo cross calendar for training events.
Senior, Veteran & Junior
1 8 216 Andy Parker MDCC V
4 8 71 Oscar Wiessler MDCC J
7 8 223 James Bovey MDCC V
11 8 206 Alan Drury MDCC V
15 8 16 Steve Hodgson MDCC S
18 8 211 Ben Tisdall MDCC V
23 8 73 Ashley Towey MDCC J
34 7 201 Andy Collins MDCC V
37 7 228 John Newbold MDCC V
40 7 212 Andy Friend MDCC V
70 6 92 Nicky Grant MDCC W
71 6 99 Maria Weymouth MDCC W
72 6 91 Elaine Mason MDCC W
DNF 210 Kris Pratt MDCC V
DNF 214 Robin Delve MDCC V
U14 & Novice
4 7 117 Jack Forrest MDCC U14
5 7 114 Keiran Collins MDCC U14
7 7 119 Oliver Allen MDCC U14
8 7 147 Becky Coulson MDCC Novice
9 7 145 Sarah Miller MDCC Novice
11 6 118 Ross Pratt MDCC U14
U10 & U12
2 4 132 William Penny MDCC U12
6 4 156 Sol Drury MDCC U10
8 4 152 Felix Faun MDCC U10
9 4 157 Ed Selwood MDCC U10