Round 13 - Central League Cyclocross
Round 13 of the Central League Cyclocross was hosted by Rockingham Forest Wheelers at West Glebe Park, Corby. This well organised event saw several of our local young riders and a few enthusiastic Dads' tackle a challenging course in wet conditions.
The first thing to say, if youve never tried Cyclocross is that it really is a hard sport! Its also a lot of fun. What impressed me the most about the riders taking part is that they willingly got up early on a cold, wet January morning to test body and mind through the hills and the mud.
Kettering Cycling Clubs Cyclones arrived very well prepared for a day in the rain and mud led by the ever organised Mark Evans. The club gazebo was erected, spare bikes were on hand and the highly necessary jet wash was set up in the pits. It really was very impressive.
To the riders; One of the stars of this years Cyclocross season is undoubtedly Jake Bird. He just missed out on yet another first place today. Another fantastic effort though and a very well deserved 2nd on a technical course. Another KCC rider, Charlie Guest was third making it two KCC riders on the podium.
The Under 10s raced alongside the Under 8s and there were some excellent riding skills on display. You have to remind yourself at times just how young these kids are as they fearlessly tackle slippery downhills and power through the harder parts of the course. Tamsin Crabtree, KCC, managed 12th place, Ruby Isaac, Fenland Clarion CC was 13th and Ruben Hickman, KCC, was 14th.
The Under 12s raced on the same course but their race was extended to 15 minutes. Thats a long time to slog it out at their age! Again the youngsters tackled the tricky conditions with bravery, skill and perseverance. Typically the very strong Milton Keynes boys lead the way. Their podium domination was however punctuated by Dominic Switzer of Welland Valley CC with a very well deserved 2nd place. KCCs Dominic Bell, 7th, continued with his good season with another top ten finish. There was plenty more local interest with Rudy Kilworth 9th, Michael Carter 12th and Joel Ayers 15th (all Welland Valley.) Then there was the perpetually determined Edward Hennah 17th and Sam Lindsley 18th. All the kids finished with smiles on their faces, rightfully proud of their efforts.
The first race on the full course saw the Under 14s, 16s and Novices race together for 30 minutes. This longer course had all the best aspects of the reduced course and then some. Again credit to the organisers for staging such a good event. The standard of racing, particularly from the Under 16s was exceptional and the Welwyn Wheelers CC boys were the stand out performers. In the Under 14 boys Josh Brown, KCC, continued his good form with a 5th place and Finley Isaac battled through the mud for 17th. Bethany Spencer rode hard just missing out on a podium in 4th place. In the Novice race, Ashley Easton of C&D Cycles CC finished in a superb 2nd place. After that it was the battle of the Dads as KCC Cyclones coach, Andrew Brown, C&D Cycles CC was 4th, Alan Spencer KCC 7th and Chris Barratt, C&D Cycles CC 8th.
The next round of the Central Cyclocross League is only 6 days away in Milton Keynes. I, for one, cannot wait!
Jake Bird 2nd, Charlie Guest 3rd both KCC Cyclones
Tamsin Crabtree KCC Cyclones 12th
Ruby Isaac Fenland Clarion CC 13th
Ruben Hickman KCC Cyclones 14th
Dominic Switzer Welland Valley Whizz Kids 2nd
Dominic Bell KCC Cyclones 7th
Rudy Kilworth Welland Valley Whizz Kids 9th
Michael Carter Welland Valley Whizz Kids 12th
Joel Ayers Welland Valley Whizz Kids 15th
Edward Hennah KCC Cyclones 17th
Sam Lindsley KCC Cyclones 18th
Under 14 Boys
Joshua Brown KCC Cyclones 5th
Finley Isaac KCC Cyclones 17th
Under 14 Girls
Bethany Spencer KCC Cyclones 4th
Ashley Easton C&D Cycles CC 2nd
Andrew Brown C&D Cycles CC 4th
Alan Spencer KCC 7th
Chris Barratt C&D Cycles CC 8th
report by Richard Lindsley