A grand day out in the mud…
Haslingden’s first ever cyclocross race took part in Victoria Park in mud, glorious mud, but on a dry, cool November day. The second Wheelbase event to be run in the borough of Rossendale in two years, Haslingdon’s historical park saw some top action from the UKs top cyclocross riders. In contrast to the bright sunshine over crisp and frozen snow at last year’s event in Waterfoot, the parcours was wet mud after a full ten days of rain.
Organiser Dave Haygarth had revised the course drastically in advnace of the event when it became clear that the rain had got its way: “The challenge is to make it a race – no-one really minds the mud, but technical parts of the course were just no longer necessary when the simpler bits were going to get so badly cut up”.
So – on the day – a record 118 riders signed on in the Senior event, and you don’t get much bigger names than Paul Oldham, Rob Jebb, Ian Bibby and Jonny McEvoy – all of whom have represented Great Britain in Cyclocross in the last few years. Oldham was always going to be the favourite for the £100 first prize and pulled no punches, leading from the gun and easing away from the field bit by tiny bit on each of the 7 min laps. The fight behind from Bibby and Jebb was never going to allow Oldham to relax for long, and their tough battling in contrasting styles was a joy to watch. Bibby stayed ahead of Jebb in the dying stages and enjoyed day one of his return to ‘cross for 2009 (all three were to do battle the next day in Richmond).
Meanwhile, McEvoy – relying on only one bike – rode with utter guts and determination to destroy the hopes of some riders behind him with full pit crews. Veteran Matt Denby took the top vets prize and 5th position overall. Wheelbase’s Sue Clarke came home the first lady – another pre-race favourite living up to expectations, whilst the top Junior was Sport City Velo’s Martin Woffindin.
In the Under 12s race, Matt Walls of Eastlands Velo won the first boy, whilst the first girl home was team mate Kim Baptista. The following race on a course that was already showing signs of wear and tear was the U16s race, won by long distance visitor Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea) and first girl home was Hannah Layland, (VC St Raphael).
Report on the British Cycling website here.
Full Results from all the events here
Photos from Joolze Dymond here to browse or below as a slideshow.
Photos from Dave Haygarth of the U12 and U16s event (slideshow below, browse here):
Photos from Phil Haygarth of the U12s Event (slideshow below, browse here):
Photos from Cheryl King (slideshow below, browse here):
Fun day in the mud for all on the shores of Lake Windermere
The organisers would like to apologising for the delay in finalising the results. Unfortunately due to course conditions, riders loosing race numbers during the race and the mud cover the numbers we have had to spend hours scrutinizing the laps, etc.
Many thanks for make a great event.
Also please note that the riders with the non league numbers i.e. 433+ have had to have their numbers changed, due to the programme for the results but hasn’t made any difference to the results.
Full results here
A few pics from Phil Haygarth and myself – mainly of the U12 race here
.. and some from Team Wheelbase’s Flickr account here:
Report by Mick Style, Manchester Wheelers.
Thorough-bred cross-man Lewis Craven (Wheelbase / Cannondale / Gore Bike Wear) returned to Boggart Hole Clough for Manchester Wheelers cyclo-cross on Sunday and looked comfortable cruising to victory, mining a rich vein of form from 12th in the National Trophy last week in Derby and 4th in the Three Peaks.
Lewis established himself with a clear lead on the first lap, rode a controlled race and was never troubled for his arms-aloft win. 2nd and 3rd was a closer fought affair – Paul Bethell (Macclesfield Wheelers) stayed within a couple of bike lengths of Rick Kent (Colnago/Microshift/Skins) for the first 3 laps but Rick gapped him coming onto the grassy section near the start/finish at the top of the course, and increased the gap throughout the remainder of the race.
First Junior home, Lewis Burke (Macclesfield Wheelers) came in 6th overall and wily dog Dave Headon (Horwich CC) won the Vets in 9th place overall, pushing first Under 23 Luke Beswick to 10th. If Luke can match his bike reliability with his form, then he’ll be placing further up the field.
The overall lead in the North West League is shaping up to be a fine battle – talented young pretender Lewis Burke is currently showing us all how it’s done, but old hand Paul Bethell is breathing down his neck and took a few points off Lewis on Sunday. And don’t write off Rick Kent – he clearly has the talent to contend too if he races enough races. I feel a bit of a ‘Book’ being run!
A real highlight of the event was firstly the overall Senior race numbers with 104 starters – over 20 more than last year – and secondly 10 juniors riding the Senior race, double last year.
We had extended the course this year for a second swoop into the trees at the top of the clough, with a few roots, twists and off-camber areas to contend with – well received judging by riders’ comments after the race.
Chris Lawless (Eastlands Velo) tussled with Jack Humphreys (Red Rose Olympic) for a couple of laps before pulling away to win the Youth Race. Christian Braybrook (Sport City Velo) took 5th place overall but was first U14 over the line. Hannah Leyland won the Youth Girls category and Jessica Wilkinson was first U14 girl.
Matthew Wallis from local team Eastlands Velo won the U12’s from visiting Sol Kerfoot Robson (Rhos on Sea) who was first U10. Matthew Baptista kept the Eastlands flag flying for the U8’s. And let’s hear it for Ella Dorrington who is fast learning her dad’s cross skills and Lenny Lomas who stayed focussed on the Haribo waiting for him at the finish for most of the 15 minutes race – they’re both just five!
Meanwhile back in the Senior race, the Boggart, a mischievous imp-like creature who lives in the Clough and who lends his name to the Park, was busy breaking the chains of unsuspecting riders like Jason Ragg (Manchester Wheelers) and local Danny Reilly, both DNF. Sorry lads, I’ll have a word….
Some of the names and clubs in the results below have had top be guessed because of shoddy handwriting on the signing-on sheets – please be aware of this when you sign on!!
Some images orignally posted on the British Cycling website by Luke Webber below
Slideshow by Richard Weltman below – or browse them here