Lee Valley Youth finish second overall in the Eastern Cyclocross League

By | 31/01/2018

Eastern League met at Milton Country Park in Cambridge on Sunday for the last showdown of the season. Final League placings were to be decided. The weather was mild, the skies were light in the early morning as I did the final van packing. The sun actually shone. It felt like a celebration.

And Lee Valley Youth were celebrating – fantastic season long performances by Oliver and Isabel Beale saw them win the U10 League – Oliver first boy, Isabel first girl, and followed by Ethan Leslie who finished fourth for the boys. Leo Bolton finished second in the U8 boys league. Alex Dale finished second in the U16 boys with Max Bolton third and Harrison Powell fourth. Eleanor Bolton brought home second in the U14 girls league, Noah Hobbs was fifth in the U14 boys. Bruce Mackie was sixth in the Vet 50s – thank you to him for all his support and coaching.

In the overall team competition Lee Valley Youth finished second, 20 points behind CC Ashwell. This is our best finishing position since the 2012-13 season and we should be proud. 

There have been many fantastically hard fought battles by all of our riders throughout the season and it has been great to watch them progress, and see the team spirit build on and off the race course. The ‘team spirit ‘ often comes out in force to watch when parents dare to take on the racing, not only do they have to cope with the course but also with the friendly heckling and sideline youth coaching. I think it’s revenge. Special mention here to Ben Biggs for showing them all a masterclass in bunny hopping. James Woodbridge, Donna Dale and Alex Yardy have also taken up the challenge and Laura Mansel-Thomas (not riding for Lee Valley but we’ll forgive her) finished 3rd in the vet Women’s League.

All over the country this weekend cyclocross leagues were drawing to a close. The World Championships is next weekend and then the bikes can enter the mechanics den and be deep cleaned and serviced ready for September (I keep hearing whispers of summer cross….but I can’t think of that, yet.) Instead – I shall clean the mud out of the van, replace the dirt encrusted cables and celebrate with a Sunday morning lie-in, it’s been a long time coming.

Cross is Finished (For Now) #ButSpringIsComing