The latest round of the North West cyclo-cross series was held on a new course on Saturday at the Royal Cheshire Showground near Knutsford. The gently undulating circuit lent itself to fast open racing, suiting riders more used to racing on the open roads.
It was Roy Flanagan of the Rossendale Road Club who used this to his full advantage by finishing 21st overall in the V50 race and 1st V60, by far his best result of the series. In the same event Tony Bowler scored another top 10 finish in 9th, with Derek Schofield slipping to 30th spot, having taken an early visit to the pits on the first lap. One lap down, Carl Nelson was 41st, ahead of Mick Taylor in 44th with Adrian Watts doing well after a forced break from racing finishing 51st. Graham Wright and Paul Warrener had a good battle to take 60th and 61st places, with Phil Warner failing to finish after a major mechanical fault.
Earlier in the day, Elsie Haygarth of Helmshore scored yet another 2nd spot in the girl’s U12 event, with father Dave, scoring an improved 12th placing in the men’s V40 race.
In the Senior men’s event, Tony Bowler doubled up on his earlier V50 outing, to take a creditable 27th spot, just in front of 31st placed Matt Toman, who was also 4th U23 male.
Katie Taylor continued in her bid to take the Junior Women’s title with an excellent 6th overall in the women’s event and 1st junior.