Heavy rain the day before, and during the event, made survival the aim for many riders in the latest round of the North West CX series at Otterspool Park, Liverpool, last Saturday. Many of the normally rideable short climbs on the technical circuit became treacherous, forcing riders to dismount and run/carry their bikes.
First up was the combined youths event and the Rossendale valley was represented by Adam Nelson who finished in 22nd spot overall and Maisy Vasic who scored a fine second place in the U14G class. In the vets/womens race, Dave Haygarth was toppled from his recent winning streak by Pete Middleton of Zepnat racing. On the same lap, Carl Nelson was making the most of the tough conditions and was the top Rossendale Road Club member, finishing in a sound 35th place. Richie Watts was unfortunate to retire with a dislodged rear wheel, leaving Derek Schofield as the next RRC rider in 62nd, just clear of a rapidly finishing Adrian Watts in 65th. Paul Warrener completed the valley squad in 89th.
Matt James also the going tough in the final Seniors event to take 29th spot, with new member Iaian Hazell riding well to finish just one lap down in 43rd.
Action this weekend moves to Stadt Moers, St Helens with racing starting at 11am on Sunday.