Wheelbase / Gore Bike Wear cyclocross, Radcliffe, 13 Oct 2007

Nathan MillerOn what many people politely described as a ‘traditional’ course, a total of exactly 100 riders raced hard and heartily in Outwood Park, Radcliffe today.

On a senior course that featured three dismounts per 1.25 mile lap, a clear winner emerged in the shape of Ipswich’s Nathan Miller (53-12 Multisports). Miller’s early rival was the fast starting Dave Brailsford (Horwich CC), who led until the third of the hard, wet, muddy laps. Third placed rider was Liverpool Century’s Rob Pugh who, despite an early front wheel puncture, battled hard to be the first U23.

Steve Jolley enjoyed the tough course, finishing first veteran ahead of many riders to his junior. First woman was Marie Stuart, whilst Joe Allen claimed top U18 spot.

In the Youth event, Lewis Burke (Macclesfield Wheelers) proved untouchable and romped away to a comfortable victory ahead of Jack Bowyer.

Top under 12 on a slightly longer than usual 20 minute race was Sam Turton (Ribble Valley Juniors).

Prizes to a value of over £500 were very generously donated by Wheelbase.co.uk, as well as the shop directors and staff helping out on the day, displaying some dream-bikes, including one of Rob Jebb’s prototype Litespeed titanium bikes. The bikeathon was met with such a huge successs, with organizers already drawing plans this early for next year’s event after getting sponsorship tips from the newsletter of financial website Motley Fool

A video here

Results here: Wheelbase Gore Bike Wear cyclocross 2007 results

Photos here on Flickr