Pontllanfraith Discount Carpets 'Cross/2010 Welsh League Round 2 Risca Leisure Centre
Like the more prestigious event taking place further east at Celtic Manor, the ‘cross at Risca was a victim of the previous day’s heavy rain. But this did not deter the 133 riders who nevertheless turned up to brave the mud … though, fortunately, little more rain. Organiser Ross Porter had to endure several comments to the effect that it always rained for his event but took them all in good spirit. And despite the conditions most riders, too, were in good spirits and eager to race … initially anyway.
The U10s and U12s were unfazed by the conditions taking the tight turns and drop-off in their stride. Abergavenny RC’s Huw Higgins-Worrall was out to repeat his previous week’s win in the U10 race but was closely pursued by Towy Rider Owain Roberts. The two jostled for the lead for the first half of the race but a problem with his bike saw Higgins-Worrall dropped. He desperately tried but failed to get back on terms and Roberts took the win. Rhys Thomas (Abergavenny RC) finally got the better of team-mate “Welly” Price to take 3rd and U8s Josh Tarling (Towy Riders) and Aled Trott (Abergavenny RC) resumed their rivalry with Tarling the winner again. Isabelle Bennett (Cardiff JIF) was 1st U10 Girl just ahead of Eluned King (Towy Riders) and Anna Doheny (Abergavenny RC) was 1st U8 Girl.
Abergavenny RC’s Nathan Ford was a comfortable winner in the U12 race; all the action was behind as Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) vied with Round 1 winner Megan James (Abergavenny RC) and James Tillett (Newport Velo) tried to hold off the two girls and his brother Sam. As the chasers turned up the short climb to the finish with James Tillett at the front, Megan James unfortunately slipped and was passed by Roberts and Sam Tillett. James Tillett took 2nd place with Roberts 3rd and 1st Girl.
There was another good turnout of riders for the Youth race and they were soon strung out as Round 1 winner Adam King (Cardiff JIF) set a fast pace at the front in spite of the soggy conditions. Scott Davies (Towy Riders) was unable to stay with King, as he had the previous week, and soon joined the procession stretching out in the leader’s wake. Despite his slight build King looked strong and this, along with excellent technique, saw him steadily increase his lead and comfortably take another victory with Davies 2nd and fellow Towy Rider Owen James 3rd. Newport Velo’s U16 Girls Rebecca Hunt and Amy Hill both rode strongly to finish 4th and 5th respectively with 1st U14 Girl Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) not far behind in 6th. James was the first U14 home ahead of team-mate Alister Williams, after leading U14 Boy Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders) unfortunately became unwell on the last lap and dropped back.
The Senior race looked set to be another two horse race for victory as the leading group was finally pared down to Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon) and Junior William Worrall (Towy Riders) by the halfway mark. But Baum did not have things his own way this time and had to fight hard to stay with Worrall … until a rolled tub dealt the youngster a cruel blow and handed Baum the victory. Worrall was 2nd and 1st Junior … but the battle in the Junior ranks had been a close and race-long one between Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF) and Luke Cornish (Cwmcarn Paragon) and it was Thompson who just crossed the line first. Guy Stevens (Abergavenny RC) was 1st Veteran ahead of organiser Ross Porter and Paula Moseley (Climb On Bikes) was 1st Woman again with Junior Ruby Miller (Forza Cycles) 2nd.
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