Escot Cyclo-cross Success

Due to the dry weather, this weekends Cyclo-cross event at Escot dashed the hopes of many riders who had hoped to finally encounter some winter mud. The last of the warm sunny days meant that clubs and riders from around the region descended on the country park to take part in round 5 of the South West cyclo-cross league.

Escot Cyclo-cross Youth Riders126 riders took part in the main event, 13 novices and around 60 under 16s competed in the other races. Racing stated with a field of 30 under 8s taking on the challenging course, consisting of mud, gravel and grass. The first of the races saw young Max Standen and Louis Garnsworthy from Taw Velo chase down the leader, Finlay Mcdonald, working together the two riders gave chase and ensured that Finlay had to work hard to stay in the lead. Hannah Foster also took on Sophie Radford for the top placement for girls across a challenging course. Also in this race was young George Dadswell, aged 5 he was one of the youngest riders to compete and managed 23 out of 31 with Lizzie Foster also finishing close behind him.

The under 10s and 12s race once again was dominated by the strong rider, Freddie Birchall from Pilgrim Flyers, however both Edward Armstrong and Chuck Harmer fought off tough competition to come in second and third. Ellen Garnsworthy once again showed true form and managed to win the unders 10s girls race for the 4th time in a row.

Escot Cyclo-cross Nathan DadswellGeorge Armstrong managed 3rd place in the under 16s and was able to fight off competition from the Taw Velo riders Simon Harmer and Graham Garnsworthy who competed in the Novice race. The combined race ensured that the younger riders had a tough time being chased down by Adults, however a strong performance from Harry Birchall from Pilgrim Flyers gave a master class in cross country riding.

The main race was held over a much longer course, that included the elements of the previous races. The 1.9 mile course had a range of obstacles, including some very steep sections and hidden tree routes. This was no challenge for the Mid Devon club rider Oscar Wiessler, who finally managed his overall win for the session, the junior rider managed to power his way around the course and ward off attacks from the main field of 126 riders.

North Devon had a strong representation with representatives from Southfork Racing, North Devon Wheelers, Bideford Peloton and Taw Velo.

The league moves to St Austell for round 5 with full event details can be found on the British Cycling and South West Cyclo-cross websites.