Weaver Valley ‘cross

The new season got under way in fine style at the traditional opening venue of Northwich. Weaver Valley CC put on a great race on a fast but demanding course. The rains that fell in late August and early September were long gone and the surface was fast and dry – with the races being run off in very un-cyclocross temperatures of the mid twenties.

First blood went to current NW league champion Dave Haygarth (Wheelbase) in the S/J/W/V race, who eventually finished more than a minute ahead of early leader Dave Brailsford, who was showing off his new Horwich CC kit. Adrian Dalgleish (Lune CC) took a while to get going, but once he did it was enough for third on the day. Sean Williams finished first Junior setting out his stall early for the 2006-07 NW league.

Martin Woffindin of Eastlands Velo held off Cumbrian Hamish Cooney (Gill Cycles) in the Youth race, whilst Sam Turton (Ribble Valley CRC) took the honours in the U12 race from a promising entry of 22 riders.

Results here (MS Excel format) – click on the link above for photos by Tim Watts and Jon Williams – many thanks to both.