Good weather played a big part in Sunday's cyclo-cross event at West Buckland School. After a few days of rain the sun came out and dried the grounds around the school, allowing for a fast but soft course.
Races started with the U8s, with Morgan Wilson giving chase to Ollie Robins through the woods, but just couldn’t catch him and had to settle for second place. Kodie Harmer fought hard for 1st place in the girls race during the 3 lap race. The U10s race was won by North Devon Wheelers' Ruben Stacey who managed to open a gap straight from the start. Ed Selwood from Mid Devon CC ended up battling with Louis Garnsworthy for the 2nd and 3rd place, meaning Louis having to settle for 3rd. Max Standen managed 4th place just behind Louis. Ellen Garnsworthy also had to settle for second place after her tussles with Olivia Earthy. The U12s race was won by Pilgrim Flyer Leon Dawes, Leon managed to create a gap within the first half of the track, allowing him to secure his win and overall position in the standings. The U14s and U16s race were won by brothers in their respective races, Harry and Freddy Birchill. Chuck Harmer from Taw Velo managed to secure 3rd place in the U14s race. New rider Bridget Quinn in her first ever cyclo=cross race secured first place in the women's novice race, along with Simon Harmer who also achieved 1st.
The main race was run over an hour and had over 60 riders representing the different categories. Chris Rathbone from Somerset Road Club secured 1st place by over 30 secs to the South Devon rider Andrew Parker. New riders Mandy Sanders who also competed in her first race showed real determination and skill when riding on the grass, Mandy said the “transition from road to grass is much harder than people give credit, racing on wet grass, getting on and off the bike requires much more skill and stamina than the road series”. Rachael Pryce just missed out on 3rd place after a decisive battle with Jackie Shute. George Armstrong supported by Bike It managed 2nd place in the Junior race after a tough battle and recovering from sickness with Kernow rider Paddy Scullion. George will be competing in the National Cyclo cross race series at Southampton on the 11th October.
The next round of the South West Cyclo Cross series will be at Escot on the Sunday 18th October .