Several LVYCC members made the trip to Trinity Park, Ipswich this weekend for round 5 of the Cyclocross National Trophy competition.
The course had been redesigned from previous years and was much less spread out, which really enhanced the experience for spectators, as much of it was visible from central points. It also proved better for the riders as the really long straights had been removed – giving it a better balance between hard power riding and technical sections, that were easier on the lungs but demanding on the skills. From my point of view the walk to the pits was MUCH shorter, which was greatly appreciated.
The first day involved racing for all those over 40. LVYCC had two representatives – Bruce Mackie, mtb coach extraordinaire and true cyclocross veteran – who finished an impressive 16th, beating all those close rivals he usually battles at Eastern Cross and just one place behind frequent Eastern Cross winner Richard Muchmore. Then, tackling his first cyclocross national – Ben Biggs. Ben has has really taken on the cyclocross challenge over the last season and a half. I am jealous of how much fitter he’s got and how much love he now has for the sport. I wish I had his attitude (and bike skills) rather than a wimpish stand on the sidelines outlook. Ben finished a very creditable 50th.
Everyone under 40 raced on the Sunday. First up were the Juniors – chasing behind the impressive power of Lewis Askey, previous winner of Junior Paris-Roubaix. Max Bolton, finished in 14th place, 2 minutes behind him.
Two fine performances then came in the girls’ races – from Anoushka Minale, finishing 6th in the U16s and Carys Lloyd, finishing 6th in the U14s. Eleanor Bolton was once again forced to watch due to her continuing cough. We wish her to be recovered soon. There was a fine battle to watch for spectators between Millie Couzens – U16 series leader and technical maestro and Zoe Backstedt – who has power and stamina that usually pulls her clear. Today they stayed locked together until Zoe’s power finally won through in the final straight.
In the boy’s races Alex Dale was the top LVYCC finisher – 9th place in the U16s, his best result so far this season in the National Trophy. Noah Hobbs was 33rd and Callum Biggs 63rd. Daniel Lloyd was 19th in the U14s. Samuel Leslie was also forced out due to illness but hopes to return by the National Championships at Cyclopark in January.
Congratulations to all the riders who braved the fast furious racing. If anyone wants to try their hand at riding the course in less manic conditions there is an Eastern Cross League race there this coming Sunday. I’ll be watching 🙂