A very cold, wet and sticky ground conditions did not deter four members
of Southend Wheelers to take part in the Maldon winter cyclo-cross
league, today Sunday 15 Jan.
With 60 riders in the main event it was always going to be a fast and furious start to the first corner. Sadly in the first 100 metres off the start line Chris Smith hit a dip on the course bringing him to the ground whilst the rest of the field rode on. Remounting, he quickly caught up Southend rider Arthur Knowler but was unable to make up the lost ground on the Southend ladies Lesley Pearce and Hannah Kane.
Hannah and Lesley both rode well during the event with Hannah gradually increasing her lead on Lesley and eventually finshing 1st in the Southend Wheelers club league, Lesley Pearce who is going from strength to strength finished second in the club followed by Arthur and then Chris.
The overall event was won by Cam Hurst a junior rider from club VCR who once at front of the field, never relinquished his position. Results (pdf)
The next event is on Sunday 22 Jan the day after Southend Wheelers awards presentation evening. Cycocross photo gallery
|Arthur Knowler, Chris Smith, Lesley Pearce & Hannah Kane|
Cyclo-cross is also one of the most accessible forms of cycle sport with
racing for everyone from the young to more seasoned riders. Races are
multi-lap events usually lasting for an hour for senior riders, with
shorter distances for other categories. Taking place in off-road venues
such as public parks and other open spaces. Surfaces can include grass,
mud, gravel and sand. Courses are short and winding, enabling multiple
laps to be completed within a set distance. Courses often feature
obstacles such as hurdles and sand pits, forcing riders to dismount and
carry or run with their bikes. Some courses are more ‘technical’ than
others, featuring tight single-track trails, tree roots and other
Racing seldom sees large bunches forming due to the nature of the terrain, with groups of two or three riders forming at the most. Cyclo-cross is often a personal battle between the rider and the course, making it engaging for riders of all abilities. There’s no ‘getting dropped from the bunch’ in cyclo-cross