Merlin's 'Cross/2010 Welsh League Round 4 Carmarthen Park
Carmarthen Park, with its concrete cycle track, was the venue for the new, Towy Riders promoted, addition to the Welsh League calendar. The course, which got the thumbs up from the riders, utilised the track for the start before taking riders out onto a compact course that made good use of the park’s contours and features. Heavy rain the previous day, however, made the surfaces slippery and had several riders sliding out on the many turns.
The promoting club was out in force in the U10 race making up over half of the 27 strong field. From the off it was obvious that it was going to be another duel up front between Owain Roberts (Towy Riders) and Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC) as the two soon put light between themselves and the others. With Higgins-Worrall pedalling furiously out in front only Roberts could stay him and a trio of chasers from Abergavenny RC was left to fight it out amongst themselves. The final lap saw Roberts turn into the track in the lead and hold on over the grass to make it two wins each. Mitchell Cole won the battle of the chasers to take 3rd place and team-mate Aled Trott turned the tables on rival Josh Tarling (Towy Riders) to finish 1st U8 Boy. Emma Finucane (Towy Riders) rode strongly to finish 8th and 1st U10 Girl and Megan Jones was the emphatic winner in the U8 Girls.
The U12 race looked set to be a repeat of the previous round as Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) again built up a sizeable lead at the front of the field with Nathan Ford (Abergavenny RC) and James and Sam Tillett (Newport Velo) playing catch up. But a slip at the end of the second lap slowed Ford’s progress and it was James Tillett this time who finally chased down Roberts to take his first ‘cross victory, with Megan James (Abergavenny RC) holding off Sam Tillett and Ford to finish 3rd.
A visit to the Welsh League by Kieron Tennyson (Team Basso) looked as though it might test the dominance of Youth U16 League leader Adam King (Cardiff JIF) … Kieron is ranked 6th nationally and Adam 9th … but having weighed up the visitor over the first two laps, King showed Tennyson a clean pair of heels, leaving him to hold off Owen James (Towy Riders) for 2nd, while he took yet another convincing win. Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders) made up for his disappointment at Risca, finally taking victory in the U14 Boys, in his first season of racing. Emily Haycox finished 4th U14 and 1st U14 Girl and Gwen King (Towy Riders) was 1st U16 Girl.
The Senior race also went the way of previous rounds, although a strong performance by Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny) added to the equation. After an impressive start with 60 riders hurtling round the track, it was Lally who led the field at the end of the first lap, but, thereafter, it was League leader Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon) out in front and taking victory ahead of Lally and Junior William Worrall (Towy Riders). Mark James (MI Racing) was 1st Veteran and, after returning from the Revolution 29 in the early hours, Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) was 1st Woman.
See photos of the event on the Towy Riders website >>