Foxley 'Cross/2010 Welsh League Round 6 Foxley Estate, Mansel Lacy
The Foxley ‘Cross was never going to be easy! The venue is one from way back that is much reminisced about by “veteran” riders. None of your manicured sports fields here – tussocky grass made getting into a rhythm difficult and fallen leaves clogged up forks. Add a steep drop off and two (virtually dry!) stream crossings to the main course and the riders had what most confirmed was a challenging course. Several riders from the West Midlands League supported the event, in the absence of one of their own due to the National Trophy event at Mallory Park, and added some welcome competition.
For the U10s and U12s, the slippery turns and wet leaves of a course that snaked through the trees had some off their bikes. A cautious first lap by U10 League leaders Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC) and Owain Roberts (Towy Riders) saw Llewellyn Price (Abergavenny RC) well out in front. But he was soon reeled in and the scene was set for yet another showdown between the pair as Higgins-Worrall shadowed his rival. Neither faltered and Roberts held his nerve to win. Price held off team-mate Mitchell Cole for 3rd. Isabelle Bennett (Cardiff JIF) was 1st U10 Girl. U8 Aled Trott (Abergavenny RC) looked more at ease on the course than rival Josh Tarling (Towy Riders) and his win was sealed when Tarling took a tumble on the penultimate lap. In the U12s race Tomos Owens (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) soloed to victory, lapping all but the battling Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) and Megan James (Abergavenny RC) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Youth riders were spared the stream crossings but still had to contend with the drop off on their shortened main course. In customary fashion the duo of Adam King (Cardiff JIF) and Scott Davies (Towy Riders) were soon well off the front; behind them Ben Dunster (Brecon Wheelers) and visitor James Plant (Wyre Forest CC) were vying for 3rd place and Alister Williams (Abergavenny RC) and Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders) were neck and neck in the race for U14 glory. King was slow to shake Davies off his wheel but finally the elastic snapped and King continued on his winning way. Dunster held off Plant for 3rd and Williams beat Jones to the line to make it two wins each for the U14 newcomers. Emily Haycox (Maindy Flyers) was 1st U14 Girl.
As he had done in Round 5, it was Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny) who again laid down the gauntlet to League leader Andrew Baum (Cwmcarm Paragon) in the absence of William Worrall. And this time it was Baum who was doing the chasing – until lap 3 anyway. Thereafter, Baum extended his lead, even having time to change a wheel and still finish 54 seconds ahead of Lally; a strong ride by Richard Bowen (Abergavenny RC) saw him into 3rd place at 2.09. Mark James (MI Racing) was 1st Veteran in 5th place, Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF) was an excellent 7th and 1st Junior, comfortably holding off West Midland’s rider Joe Page (Team Echelon-Spiuk) and Isla Rowntree (Stourbridge CC) was an impressive 9th and 1st Woman.