Gateway ‘Cross/2010 Welsh League Round 1 Crickhowell High School
The 2010 Welsh Cyclo-Cross League season kicked off in record-breaking style on the popular and technical Crickhowell High School course – reversing it proved even more popular. Despite a busy weekend of events, 146 riders both signed on and finished, a record for any Welsh League event.
New for 2010 were separate U10 and U12 races, which was fortunate, as there were more than 20 young riders in each. Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC) took the win from team-mate Mitchell Cole and Towy Rider Owain Roberts in the U10s, after a closely fought race, with Isabelle Bennett (Cardiff JIF) 1st U10 Girl. Over half the field were U8 and they were led home by Josh Tarling (Towy Riders) ahead of Aled Trott and Ashley Cole (both Abergavenny RC) with Heledd Hunt (Towy Riders) 1st U8 Girl.
First year U12 Megan James romped to victory ahead of older opposition in the U12s race leaving the field well strung out behind her. Fellow Abergavenny RC rider Nathan Ford and Towy Rider Jessica Roberts had no answer as Megan pulled away from them midway through the race. Nathan finished 2nd with Jessica (1st U12 Girl) holding on to 3rd from a fast-finishing James Tillett (Newport Velo).
Sporting his new Cardiff JIF kit, 2009 Youth U16 League Champion Adam King wasted no time in moving to the front of the 25 strong Youth field, accompanied by Towy rider Scott Davies. The duo soon opened up a sizeable gap on the chasing riders. Davies stuck to King’s back wheel for much of the race, but a gap eventually developed between the two and King took the win, with Ben Dunster (Brecon Wheelers) 3rd. First U14 to finish was Ffion James, beating her Abergavenny RC team-mate Ben Beckingsale. Newcomers Alister Williams (also Abergavenny RC) and Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders) finished an excellent 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The main race of the day also saw two riders break away – Andrew Baum, now riding for Cwmcarn Paragon, and talented first year Junior, William Worrall of Towy Riders. With the chasers strung out behind, Worrall doggedly harried Baum, who briefly allowed his young companion a spell at the front, but strength and experience eventually had the final say. Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) was a distant 3rd, ahead of 1st Veteran Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF). Paula Moseley (Climb On Bikes) was 1st Woman.
See photos of the event on the Towy Riders website >>