Round 15 Central League Cyclocross - Misterton Madness - Welland Valley CC
The final round of the Central League Cyclocross Season, hosted by our near neighbours Welland Valley CC, was held today in the picturesque surroundings of Misterton Hall.
Again there was a good KCC showing with Cyclones, parents and coaches taking part on an excellent course.
In the Under 8's our very own League Champion, Jake Bird suffered a mechanical and had a rare race away from the podium. He ran most of the way with his bike and finished in 16th. Jake took this well and was in a very jolly mood following his 'victory lap!' There was a much better result for Charlie Guest who, with his 3rd place made the podium for the third week running! Jake I think you have some serious club competition next year!
In the Under 10's Ruben Hickman once again performed strongly for his 7th place finish. In the girls Aimee Brooks braved a tricky course to come in 5th. Ruben finishes the league in 11th place.Final league positions see Ruby Isaac (Fenland Clarion CC,) finish 4th, Tasmin Crabtree 7th and Aimee Brooks 14th.
In one of the most hotly contested age groups, the Under 12s, there was once again a really good showing from the Cyclones. Dominic Bell finished in 6th place, his strength down the finishing straight was really impressive. Edward Hennah worked very hard for his 10th place. For the girls Amelia Cebak made a return this week with another strong ride fro 4th place. That leaves Dominic in a fantastic 9th place in the league, with Edward Hennah 17th and Sam Lindsley 18th. There were 36 registered riders so that really is a great result for the Cyclones. The girl who never gives up, Amelia Cebak, achieved a brilliant 4th place in the U12 girls League with Heidi Crabtree 13th and Hannah Brown 14th.
As usual the Under 14s, 16s and Novices raced together on the full course. Before the ride there was a minutes silence for the incredibly talented Charlie Craig who tragically died last weekend. Charlie was a very gifted rider like his father, Nick Craig. It was a fitting tribute.
This was a very good course to ride. Slippy and challenging in places with a tree obstacle to negotiate. Congratulations to Welland Valley CC for creating a very worthy final round.
For the Under 14 boys, Josh Brown, who lapped me like I was stuck in glue, just missed out on a podium in 4th place. In the Under 16s Charlie Stockham also had a good ride, finishing 5th. Another great final league placing sees Josh Brown in 4th place, Finley Isaac 9th and Charlie Crabtree 16th. In the girls the Cyclones have yet another 4th place with Bethany Spencer. In the U16 boys Charlie Stockham finished the league in 10th place and Jonny Crabtree 14th.
For Dad's club, the lad who isn't a Dad, Ashley Easton managed a magnificent first place. We'd like to encourage Ashley to come and help out at Cyclones as an inspiration to the kids. Cyclones coach Andy Brown managed a superb 4th, Chris Barratt (who will be bringing his son Ellis to Cyclones in the future,) was 11th and some bloke called Richard Lindsley was 14th. Dad's club are absolutely hooked on this magnificent sport and intend to enter next year in our age groups.
This week in the vet 40-49 age group we not only had head coach Mark Evans, there was also another of the Dads, Jamie Stockham. Mark finished in 19th place and Jamie came in at 35th. There are some serious riders in this class and it really is good racing to watch. In a league with 153 registered riders Mark finished in a fantastic 24th place. Great season coach!
That's it, the Cyclocross season is over! It's been brilliant. Well done to everyone involved and I'm sure we're already looking forward to more fun in the mud next year.