The penultimate round of the 2015/16 North West CX series took place at Macclesfield during the festive break, and Rossendale riders were well represented. The course was surprisingly dry and this made for plenty of fast open racing. Cyclo-cross really is a family sport, catering for all ages and abilities, and Matt Toman was first to show, finishing in a sound mid-table 19th in the Youths U16 event. The go-cross event followed and Elsie Haygarth had a great ride to win the U8 girls class in the mixed race. Elsie is now leading the U8 girls series and, with just one round remaining, is on course to take the overall series.
Her father, Dave Haygarth, is leading the V40 class and did well to finish 6th in a very competitive combined Vets and Womens race, won by ex-National champion Nick Craig. Further down the field, Derek Schofield finished 60th and first V60, Richie Watts 71st and Mike O’Shea 75th. Adrian Watts recovered well from a fall and mechanical problem to finish 101st, just in front of Paul Warrener (103rd) and Graham Wright who took the V65 win in 128th overall.
There is now a 2 week break in racing prior to the final round at Beacon Fell, Upholland on Sunday 24 January.