The North of England cyclo-cross championships took place at Towneley Park, Burnley on Sunday and Rossendale riders were well represented at almost their local circuit. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the event meant that sodden parts of the course were always going to be tough going and additional overnight rain resulted in a course of which only about 20% was truly rideable, with running being the main requirement.
The conditions suited local top rider Dave Haygarth of Helmshore though, who powered himself to a fine 11th overall in the Mens V40 event, which was won by Rob Jebb, with Rob Hope in second, both perhaps better known for their fell running feats.
However, the conditions didn’t appear to suit Tony Bowler, who has been the leading Rossendale Road Club member in the North West series so far this year, slipping, literally!, to 38th in the V50 race, some way behind Carl Nelson of Helmshore in 32nd. In the same race, Mick Taylor finished 43rd, Paul Warrener had a good ride in 52nd, with Richie Watts 56th.
The V60 event saw the Rossendale team well bunched, with Derek Schofield leading in 9th place overall and 2nd V65, Roy Flanagan 12th, Phil Warner 13th and Graham Wright 15th.
Some of the Rossendale team at the end of the NoE cyclo-cross championship race
Richie Watts coming to a full stop in the horrendous conditions at Towneley Park