Winter Season 2014/15
North East League – Carlisle
Carlisle CX defeated LRC for second year in a row. The muddy course led to a case of rearmechaggedom with several racers ditching knackered bikes in the pits and grabbing the backup. Unfortunately it also meant DNF for Howie and Callum who only had one bike each. Howie also managed a trademark AOT onto a gravel track! Not a good day. On the plus side our Mate Eelco got 9th vet and Dave Drysdale did well on his gorgeous new SS Niner.
North East League – Penrith
A great late autumn, early winters afternoon saw excellent CX racing at Flusco, just off the A66. The club was well represented, with myself, Howie and Dave riding, plus Ealco who rides for Macc Wheelers but could class himself as an honorary LRC member! The course was over limestone fields, which given the recent rain, was very rideable, albeit with a bit of handling skills needed. Two compulsory carrying sections ensured the heart rate stayed high throughout. The race was won by Tony Fawcett of Pioneer Scott Syncros who showed us all how it should be done. Ealco and Dave were one lap down in 19th and 21st place with Howie and myself two laps down in 27th and 29th place respectively. 37 riders took part and all were smiling at the end. A well organised event by Beacon Wheelers. Thanks to Ros for the pics and all who cheered us on.
North West League- Cartmel
Our local race, Cartmel on Saturday 8th November was a huge success. With the location being used for the first time I am sure they will be back. Over 100 people entered the Vets race and around 50 were in the seniors. Dave Huck, Calum and myself entered for the Lakes and throughly enjoyed a tough course. Dave deserves a mention for running the majority of the last lap after snapping a hanger. Cal also suffered a mechanical but was able to jump on his MTB to finish the course. Out of 47 starters Dave finished 29th, Cal 33rd and myself 36th. There were plenty of supporters there cheering us on. I would recommend it to anyone next year.
North West League- Liverpool
Otterspool Park you beauty! Really pleased that we get to go back there again this season as the course is superb. It has a bit of everything, flowy single track, roots, drops, cobbles and a really cool SPIRAL!!
Yorkshire League- Rapha Supercross- Round 2- Skipton
This Rapha sponsored event took place at Broughton Hall, just outside Skipton. In addition to it being a Super cross it was also round 6 of the Yorkshire league. It was an excellent event, really well supported with 160 riders signed on for the Seniors/Junior men/Vet 40’s race. A few lessons learnt for myself, don’t start near the back when 160 riders are signed on and choose when to carry on a muddy course! Really enjoyed it again, even though I finished well down the field.
North West League- Nantwich
Hard race today in Northwich, well for me anyway, those CXNW lads are QUICK! Got some more practise to do before to Liverpool next week!
Scottish Series- Round 2. Motherwell
The second round of the Scottish Cyclocross Series took place on Sunday at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell. I competed in the Senior race and finished 28th out of 55 riders. The course was quite technical, with plenty of muddy single track through the woods. I was conscious of not making the mistake I made in Workington, going too hard at the start, and was possibly overly reserved with my start – something to work on… With that in mind, I am quite pleased with the overall result having moved up a few places during the hour.
North East League- Round 4. Workington
For the first race involving riders from the Lakes this season we had positively summer conditions. A fast course with no reason to get off the bike meant for a fast and furious race. Graham Carrick and Callum Finlay were competing in their first CX league race after enjoying the summer race at UVHS. Howie Lindow was feeling under the weather but provided great support and advice for the two new boys! Keir McKenna also took part.
After a quick start, (some quicker than others….Callum thought he better lose his breakfast) we all settles down into a rhythm. We were never there to trouble the fast lads, but found a group of riders we could be competitive with. There was no need to change/clean bikes due to the dry conditions on a fantastic wooded course over bumps, drops, sharp bends and energy sapping climbs. Out of the 25 entries, Graham finished in 15th place, Callum in 18th and Kier in 21st. Full results here It was a great event and hopefully the start of a good season in CX. If anyone fancies it, shout up! The two local(ish) leagues are NW and NE.
St Marys Hospice CX Saturday 12th July.
The Lakes and Flyers came together to run a summer CX event at UVHS in beautiful weather at the weekend. The school grounds were so dry and grippy it was fast flat out grass track racing throughout. To keep it interesting the course included drop offs, off camber bankings, steps, a little rough section and a choice between sandpit or hurdle.
The first race off was the 15minute long U12s. The kids showed us all that a combination of small wheels, determination and complete lack of fear make for exciting competition. When faced with the choice of sandpit or barrier they all blasted into the sandpit at full pace, not giving a stuff that bike tyres cannot grip or roll on the stuff. The field was made up of mixed ages and abilities. Boys and girls right through from under 8s dipping their toes in their first competitive cycling, the under 10s showing progression and many of the older kids ready to leap up to U16s. The overall win was taken by Matt Eggleston who crossed the line arms aloft, for an impressive win & first girl was Jessica Newby. Hats off Kids.
Next up were the youths (U16s) tackling the full adult course. The race was dominated by the Beacon Wheelers with the win taken by Mark Donavan in a show of strength and first female Connie Hurton. The teenage field was the smallest (10 riders) but it was obvious that there are some truly excellent riders ready to make the jump into the adult ranks.
To underscore that age is no barrier in CX, the adults race was also taken by Mark Donavan and second was veteran Phil Davies of Cyclewise Altura. Gavin Slack took the mens title, Nicola Davies took the veteran ladies, and there was a huge cross section of first time CXers, MTBers, Mums, V60s and people taking their CX bikes out for a first race. Well done to everyone who had a blast I hope you enjoyed it.
I must say a huge Thank you to everyone that travelled from distance to make the event a better competition with entrants from throughout the Northwest including Horwich CC, Penrith and BYCA to name three.
There was a huge effort by too many volunteers for me to list. Course setting, school liason, prizes, local bike shops, British cycling, marshals, lap counting, signing on, club organisers, race numbers etc etc.. Thank you from the Lakes and Flyers, we could not race without your help.
To top off a great day, all monies over the BCF levy are going straight to St Marys hospice (roughly £220).
I have already had a couple of emails from people telling me they are now buying a CX bike & are going to race so ‘job done’.
Finally I would like to say that this was my first time organising a BCF event. I know I did not get everything right but I do want to get it right in the future. So any advice, recommendations, criticism are appreciated.
Results are on the BCF website alongside the calender for upcoming races if this whet your appetite.
Photos of the adults race are available for browsing
Please support your local clubs, bike shops, charities and the cycling community as a whole. Keep smiling and hope to see you when it gets muddy.
Winter Season 2013/14
Cyclo-Cross North East League- Round 8 -20/10/13
Howie took part in this leg of the competition. Sounded like a tough hours riding….Good work!First CX race of the season for Howie at Workington 20/10/13. 16th of the 19 finishers wasn’t great but about another 10 dropped out. The course was very sticky with mud & foliage clinging to the bike like no more nails. The fast lads regularly changed bikes at the pits & a few swapped to MTBs mid race. The clarty conditions caused carnage with several broken mech/hangers hence the high drop out rate. With that in mind my single gear was not too much of a disadvantage. Unfortunately I had to keep stopping to clear crap from the V-brakes and after two laps I disconnected the front brake altogether. Loads more coming up, so if interested in travelling up, Howie.
Sunday 29th September 2013 Three Peaks
The 2013 Three peaks cx race took place in beautiful conditions on Sunday 29th September.
Cheers to Howie for sending the write ups.