The latest round of the North west cyclo-cross series took place at Heaton Park on Sunday and, after all the recent rain, the course was surprisingly not complete with glutinous mud and the day itself kept dry. Several steep hills were still present though and greasy off-camber bankings kept riders alert.The weather and super venue helped to attract the majority of the North West’s top ‘crossers’ and all the races were extremely competitive.
First rider from Rossendale in action was young Elsie Haygarth in the U12 race, and she rode strongly to finish 3rd girl and 14th overall, slightly down on her previous results but commendable considering the strength of the field.
In the combined Ladies and V50 Men’s race, Tony Bowler continued his strong showing in the league as the leading RRC club member in 17th, with Derek Schofield 30th and 3rd V60. One lap down Roy Flanagan continued his learning curve in his first season of ‘cross’ and, after a bright start, slowed to 49th, and another newcomer, Phil Warner, turned the tables on Graham Wright from the previous week to finish 62nd, repeating his V70 victory.
In the men’s V40 race, Dave Haygarth was slow off the line, but pulled back to finish 19th, but couldn’t repeat this performance in the later Senior race, coming in 33rd, just in front of Men’s Junior Matt Toman in 38th, a good showing in his first race of the season after a long lay-off due to exams.
There’s a break in the league this weekend, with the next event on Sunday 3rd November at Stadt Moers, Whiston.