A massive thanks to John Hawes and his team for putting on another cracking event. Here is John’s report:
We had an excellent sunny warm evening for hosting Round 1 of the Ridley Western Cyclocross League summer series. CBC had mown the course and the previous day’s rain soaked in like a sponge leaving the track riding fast, but technique still being needed to get round the corners fast. Of course fast still means hard, a trace on this course is always unrelenting effort.
It was also the first time we ran chip timing for a summer event and a very good thing that was too as 70 riders rode the main event yet the full results were up on-line by the time many got home.
Ben Davies (Cheltenham Cycles) shot into an early lead on the first lap. But by the time riders were competing their second lap a pattern formed. There was no particular group and the first half dozen were equally strung out. Johnathan Pugh (the Bulls), who had traveled from mid Wales for the event opened a sizeable gap of a couple of hundred meters from local Scott Chalmers (Felt Carbones) with Ben Davies chasing hard about the same back again. From there Johnathan just gained odd seconds per lap from Scott, but Ben noticeably was coming back a few yards a lap at a time, but not enough to close before the finish so this ended as the podium positions.
Anthony White (XCRacer/Mt Zoom/Royal Dean Forest CC) was first Veteran 40+ and Tony Davies (Dream CC) first over 50.
Jayne Cheslin in CC-CC colours won the prize for first woman home. Rachel Dale (CC-CC) was second in her first CX (and could have won “happy face” )
Oliver Hayward (Glos City) won the junior prize in a creditable 17th.
First youth was a U14 from Cortswold Veldrijden called Ella Shaftoe. A name to watch?
Leading CC-CC senior rider was Ian Alexander. Ian’s tweet is worth repeating “Said it before, say it again; Summer CX is t “he future. Tracks running really fast, corners railed and proper hard racing up & down the field” Very true. Charlie Williams was second senior CC-CC rider in and his tweet comment is also notable: “this was meant to be easier than winter Cx?”
Graham Willson was first CC-CC Veteran home.
Full results at: http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=27&RId=30286
Photos are on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CheltenhamCycling
A big thank you to Cheltenham Borough Council for delivering a track in great shape for us, The GWR steam railway for permission to use the old track bed, and all the volunteers who helped make this a successful race.