Youth Riders Shine at Bodmin Cyclo-cross

With weather not typically associated with Cyclo-cross, round 1 of the 2014/15 South West Cyclo-cross league took place at the Dragon Leisure Centre, Bodmin.

On a tight and twisting course, a packed under-8s field opened the day's proceedings. Taw Velo's Louis Garnsworthy made a good start and moved up to second place on the first lap. Staying with the lead rider, Louis remained in close contention until the backmarkers were caught. Weaving around the backmarkers cost Louis time but he continued on strongly and finished comfortably in second place.

On an extended course, the next race of the day was the combined under-10s and under-12s. Taw Velo was again represented with Ellen Garnworthy, Louis's sister, lining up in the under-10s. With a range of abilities and ages, the field quickly spread out. But, within half a lap, Ellen was in first place in her category. Although lapped by some of the under-12s, Ellen didn't slow and opened up a lead on second place and finished a well deserved first.

Bodmin Cyclo-cross Darren ArmstrongTaw Velo's representation continued as George Armstrong lined up in the youth race. In a very strong field - that included the current national youth mountain bike champion - George was far from intimidated and made a solid start sharing forth place. Remaining neck and neck for almost two laps, George showed great patience and saved his attack until out of view in the wooded section. Reappearing  a minute later, George had pulled away from the fifth place rider and continued putting distance between them for the remainder of the race.

Not to be outshone by his charges, youth coach Darren Armstrong lined up in the senior race. In a field of almost 80 riders, Darren's efforts were rewarded with 32nd place overall and 16th place in the veterans category.

Full details of the league can be found on the South West Cyclo-cross website.