The winter season is nearly upon us!! Loads of good racing with three local races happening nearby. News of the Westmorland event is on the racing news page
Cartmel- 7th Nov and Otterspool, Liverpool, 14th Nov
Well the rain has come and so has the mud! The CX season is in full swing now causing proper conditions! We had a few riders taking part in the Cartmel event- John Evason in the Seniors taking part in his first event, finishing in 47th. Tom Martin (FFF) placed the highest of the other local riders in 3rd place and 1st junior!
Derek Legget, Keith Law and Andy Stubbs (BCW) racing in the vets. Keith placed the highest at 49th out of 121.
Storm Abigail did her best but the smiles couldn’t be blown off the filthy faces of rider in all categories of racing in Otterspool Park. Keith was representing LRC in the vets again, finishing in a strongly in 32nd place. I was in the seniors race, finishing in 39th despite crashing off the course and getting tangled in the tape. Tom Martin and Jack Griffiths (FFF) rode well in 9th and 14th place. Again, we had loads of local riders representing the younger aged categories which is great to see.
Rossendale – Landgate Quarry- Sunday 12th October
A totally different course to the previous rounds, this one was like a mini three peaks!! Plenty of gradient and peaty type bogs which certainly sapped the energy from the legs and took lots of riders down!!
Only me racing for LRC- I came 26th out of 52 which is best result of the season so far. Tom Martin from FFF rode a brilliant race coming seventh. The legend that is Nick Craig decided not to travel down to the Elite event in Southampton an instead won both the vets and seniors by a big margin!!
Westmorland Castelli Cross- Sunday 4th October
Lofty and the crew put on an excellent days racing at Westmorland Show Ground yesterday. It was well attended, showing that an event up this side of the North West is well worth its spot on calendar, even when there was a round at Manchester the previous day! The sunny, dry week meant for fast, early season conditions. Lofty had designed a course that was fast, technical in places and contained some punishing climbs!
Lots of FFF were riding in the under age categories, all with massive smiles on their faces! Rhys McKenna (FFF) was 5th in the U8s. Special mention to Eve Lindow for racing in the U10 even though she is U8 (ahem Mr Lindow..) Ben Mashiter and Scott Fisher (FFF) were 1st and 2nd in the U12s and George Ball and Oliver Mashiter (FFF) placed 5th and 6th in the U16 race .
The vets/womens race had the largest field with 96 entries. Well done to Tony Gregg (31st), Eamonn Quinn (50th) and Jeff Standley (55th).
The Seniors/Juniors race was half the size of the vets with 47 entries and had a sprinkling of local talent from around the area. Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes) won it by nearly a minute from Jake Humphreys (Wheelbase). Jack Griffiths and Tom Martin (FFF) made the top ten with Tyla Loftus (Wheelbase) in 11th. DC Dave came in at 23rd with me (Graham) and Howie in 27th and 31st respectively. Thanks to all who ran, helped, supported and competed.Up the Lakes!!
Full results here
Horwich Humdinger- Sunday 20th September
A great course for an fine early season day made for fast and furious racing in Bolton. It was a large field in the seniors class with Tyla and Jack Griffiths showing how it should be done even after competing in the junior class earlier in the day. I was representing LRC and finished mid pack having enjoyed a good battle with 4 other riders. Dave Drysdale from DC Cycles was also competing on his single speed and finished a few places higher than me. All in all a cracking event and looking forward to the rest of the season
Whitehaven Summer CX – Saturday 30th May
Great day out at Whitehaven summer CX on Saturday 30th May. There was a 20+ rider field of mixed experience and talent. The course is bumpy with good lumps but no real mud or major technical parts, with one banking requiring a dismount carry.
The race was dominated by Beacon Wheelers young cxstar Mark Donovan who was making it all look too easy, I look forward to watching his career. Next in was Honister92s Niall Paterson. Niall gets extra credit for riding the same bike he did at last nights Barrow crit (he was the nutter riding deep section wheels with frogleg brakes), hats off Niall!! Next in was some bloke showing you don’t need all the gear, as he came home third on a MTB (No excuses now you guys). I managed 7th and apart from missing the saddle on a leaping remount producing a ‘midrace backwheel castration’ it was great fun.
Well done to everyone who turned out and raced, whatever your level.
The event was put on by the ever enthusiastic Dave Gow from Derwent valley, with assistance of several cx stalwarts. Thanks for a great event everyone.
So the question remains “why, despite all the hard work, do we not get more people racing”. Answers on a postcard please.