Taw Velo's Cyclo-cross team once again achieved excellent results; this time at the South of England Regional Championship on Sunday, 7th December. Stover school in Newton Abbott hosted the 2 day event and thus provided a very scenic background to the long and technically challenging course. The whole circuit circled the main house and grounds with some very steep and tree rooted paths.
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The cold crisp weather could not stop Louis Garnsworthy and Max Standen taking 1st and 2nd place for the top regional positions on the under 8s course. The pair led straight from the start, in a field of 17 from clubs representing the South of England, with both riders creating a gap of more than 30 seconds on the first lap. The pair worked together during the 3 lap race. George Dadswell, aged 5, also competed in the same event and found the long course very tiring. Edward Armstrong managed a respectable 7th in the under 12s race in a field of more than 20 riders and Ellen Garnsworthy taking 2nd place in the under 10s girls, making sure that her dominance in the girls category remains on target. George Armstrong achieved 4th in the tough under 16s race, with many of the riders from others parts of the South with some travelling from as far afield as the Cotswolds. The race became harder due to the wind increasing along with a spot of rain, making the course more slippery on very tight corners.
Becky Cornwell did not have as much luck in her first competitive race, venturing away from the novice category. Becky decided to race against more experienced riders, however due to very tricky ascent of the garden terrace, crashed heavy on the front wheel, meaning she had a long run back to the pits, to pick up the spare bike. During the course of the day, over 180 riders competed on the challenging course, as the day went on the mud became thicker and the corners very slippery and testing. The main race included vets, women and Juniors, over 130 riders took on the 40 min race, to determine who is the best in the South of England.