2010 National Cyclo-Cross Championships ...
It may have been a cold and grey weekend at Sutton Park in Birmingham for the 2010 National Cyclo-Cross Championships but plenty of exciting racing, with several Welsh riders in action, brightened the gloom.
The Vet 50+s kicked off the weekend’s racing and Abergavenny RC’s Graham Edwards showed that he has made a remarkable recovery from the injury he sustained in the summer, finishing a very creditable 16th and 5th Vet 55.
The U14 Boys and Girls were next up and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC) was in a group of four at the head of the field at the end of the first lap. He was unfortunate then to take a tumble and lose touch with the leading trio but, although left in no-man’s land, he battled on to finish 4th @ 1.16. Ben Dunster (Brecon MTB) worked his way up the field to finish 21st, ahead of Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC) in 25th. Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) led off the start but was unable to stay with the older girls as the race progressed. But like Dylan, she too finished an excellent 4th, only 35 seconds down, in her first year as a Youth.
Sporting his Welsh U16 Champion’s jersey, William Worrall (Towy Riders) wrestled his bike in his characteristic style and steadily picked off riders, finally pairing up with Hargroves Cycles rider Jonathan Dibben to contest 5th place. William looked to have the upper hand on the final lap but eventually lost out and finished 6th @1.13 to round off an outstanding season. Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF) was 26th. Like Ffion in the U14s, Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) led the field early in the race but gradually slipped back to finish 4th @ 1.06. Fellow Ajax rider Elinor Barker rode a strong and steady race but failed to get the nod after catching Imogen Buick on the line and was 7th, with Newport Velo’s Rebecca Hunt and Amy Hill 8th and 13th respectively.
The final race on the Saturday was the Vet 40+. Welsh Vet 40+ Champion Phil Roach (Coventry RC) had his usual fast start in the company of Nick Craig, Chris Young, Darren Atkins and, much to his own surprise, Welsh League Vet 40+ runner-up Mark James (MI Racing). While Craig, Atkins and Young battled it out for the podium places, Roach and James matched one another in 7th and 8th places. James eventually crossed the line ahead of Roach (who was 2nd Vet 45 behind Young) and was very pleased with his result. Donald Gray (Cardiff JIF) was 42nd and 19th Vet 45.
Welsh U23 silver medallist Ben Roach (Cult Racing) started well in Sunday’s first race but soon looked to be struggling (with a cold) and finally pulled out. With Ruby Miller and Lily Matthews non-starters there was no Welsh representation in the Women’s race. Welsh Junior Champion Ben Roff (Orange Monkey) and Sam Anstice (Cwmcarn Paragon) flew the flag in the Junior race, finishing 15th and 20th respectively.
Having been asked the day before how he thought he would do in Sunday’s Senior Men’s race, Welsh Champion Lee Williams’ tongue-in-cheek reply was that he would win it! This may have been a bit over-ambitious but he certainly came the nearest he has ever done. In 15th place after the first lap he was soon into the top 10 and, except for briefly dropping back mid-race, this is where he stayed, battling with William Bjergfelt (Sportbeans/Wilier) for 7th. After an hour of racing it came down to a sprint finish with Williams the victor. Dan Lewis (RAF CC) was 36th, Mark Davies (Cardiff JIF) 59th and Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny) 61st.
See race reports and full results here >>
National Trophy Series Round 6 (Final) ...
Excellent performances by Welsh riders bode well for the National Championships in two weeks' time.
Vet 40 Phil Roach had a few seconds advantage over his Coventry RC team-mate Darren Atkins and Scott UK's Nick Craig after the first lap but was then caught and dropped by the pair. He held on for 3rd place maintaining his 2nd place overall.
The Women's race saw a battle for 2nd place behind an impressive Annie Last between Welsh ODP riders Lily Matthews and Ruby Miller. Matthews was made to work hard by Miller but found the strength to pull away on the final lap to take 2nd.
U16 Boy William Worrall surpassed expectations and ended an excellent National Trophy Series, in which he finished 9th overall, with 3rd place, just 23 seconds behind the winner; a mere 9 seconds separated the 2nd, 3rd and 4th riders. U16 Girl Amy Roberts showed that her performance at Bradford was not a one-off, only losing out by 11 seconds to series winner Lucy Garner on the last lap and finishing 4th overall. U14 Boy Dylan Kerfoot-Robson rode strongly to 5th and finished 4th overall and Ffion James took 2nd on the day and overall in the U14 Girls.
See race reports and full results here >>
With the weather set to improve by the weekend, this coming Sunday (17 January) should see the final of the National Trophy Series take place on the shores of Rutland Water. Organizer Colin Clews (of East Midlands International CiCLE Classic Road Race fame) will again have used all his expertise to ensure that the second edition of the Rutland County International CiCLE Classic 'Cross provides a fitting finale to the series.
Ffion James of Abergavenny RC leads the U14 Girls by just 1 point from Leicestershire RC's Grace Garner and only 2 points separate 4th placed James Shaw (Heanor Clarion CC) and 5th placed Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC) in the U14 Boys. Welsh V40 Champion Phil Roach (Coventry RC) is in 2nd place in the Veteran 40s, 3 points ahead of Geoff Giddings.
U14 Girls: Ffion James (Abergavenny RC)
U14 Boys: Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC), Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC)
U16 Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax)
U16 Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders)
Juniors: Sam Anstice (Newport Velo)
Women: Lily Matthews (100% ME), Ruby Miller (Forza Cycles)
Veteran 40s: Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF), Phil Roach (Coventry RC)
Seniors: Daniel Lewis (RAF CC), Anthony O'Boyle (Torq/Kona), Lee Williams (Team Wiggle), Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle)
U23: Ben Roach (Cult Racing)
Welsh League Final …
The Welsh ‘Cross League season draws to a close on Sunday (20 December) with the final at Blackweir Park, Cardiff hosted by Maindy Flyers – all riders are welcome. The course will be the reverse of the Cardiff JIF one in November. Eighty riders are eligible for an overall League position, having completed at least six rounds of the series, but they must enter the final. In the event of riders finishing with equal overall totals the best-placed rider in the final will be given the higher position.
Over the season four different riders have topped the Senior/Junior/Veteran/Women’s table but the final sort out of rider’s best six results (see here >>) shows Veteran Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) with a ten point lead going into the final. However, only one point separates second-placed Veteran Mark James (MI Racing) and first Senior Mark Davies (Cardiff JIF) with many other personal battles still to be decided further down the table. In the Youth category only one point separates the top three riders, Adam King (Maindy Flyers), Geraint Manley (Cardiff JIF) and Matthew Thompson (Maindy Flyers), and U12 Girls Elizabeth Bennett (Cardiff JIF), Lowri Thomas (Abergavenny RC) and Bethan Manley (Maindy Flyers) have it all to race for behind leader Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders). And if it is down to a sprint finish between Joe Beckingsale and Megan James (both Abergavenny RC) again, whoever wins will top the U10s table.
We are very fortunate this year to have 2009 World Junior Track Champion (and ex-cross rider!) Becky James presenting the League awards. This will take place in Maindy Stadium after the event presentations. Chris Hearn, Technical Manager for Bohle UK, has very kindly donated Schwalbe tyres and tubes as prizes and Welsh Cyclo-Cross League plaques will be given to the first three riders overall in all categories (including Vet 50 and U8 Boys). There will also be awards for the “Best Newcomer”, “Most Improved Rider” and “Most Aggressive Rider”!
Bradford National Trophy success for Welsh riders ...
... 1st for Amy Roberts (U16) and Ffion James (U14) and 3rd for Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (U14) with William Worrall (U16) 9th. ODP riders Lily Matthews and Ruby Miller were 2nd and 5th respectively in the Women's race. Well done to all! Ffion's win puts her in the lead by one point from Grace Garner (Leicestershire RC) in the U14 Girls series standings.
See race reports and full results here >>
2009 Welsh Cyclo-Cross Championships
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Results here >>
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The event is set to be a cracking one with the promise of an exciting day’s racing plus additional activities for kids of all ages kindly arranged by Captain Sion James (ART 32). Our thanks go to him for allowing us to use the facilities at the Cwrt y Gollen Training Camp and to Abergavenny RC for promoting the event. Lynn Lines and John Ford have designed some suitably testing and interesting courses (download the map here >>) and Claire Bowen is juggling the demands of a newborn son with organizing the event. Commissaires Mark Ayling and Norman Harris will be keeping a watchful eye on the racing and Alan Haycox will be providing an informative and entertaining commentary!
The U10s will now be having their own 10 minute race before the U12s so racing will start at 10.30am. All other race times will be as previously advertised. The start sheet is available here >>. Please note that entries for the Welsh Championships have now closed but you can still pre-enter if you would like to race – there is no entry on the day in any category. Or just come along to enjoy the action and see the Welsh Cyclo-Cross Champions for 2009 receive their Welsh jerseys!
Cwrt y Gollen is off the A40 between Abergavenny and Crickhowell (NP8 1TP).
National Trophy Series Round 5 ...
The National Trophy Series returns to Peel Park, Bradford (BD2 4LR) on 13 December for Round 5, promoted by the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association. The number of entries is testament to the popularity of this venue which, last season, hosted the National Championships. Event organizer is John Rawnsley of Three Peaks fame. See the full start list here >>. Welsh riders include
U14 Boys: Sam Beckingsale and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson
U14 Girls: Ffion James
U16 Boys: William Worrall
U16 Girls: Amy Roberts
Veteran 40s: Ian Jeremiah
Women: Lily Matthews and Ruby Miller
Seniors: Lee Williams and Anthony O'Boyle
National Trophy Series Round 4 ...
Having started at the back of the Women's field ODP rider Ruby Miller had passed all but race (and series) leader Hannah Barnes by the end of the second lap. She had fellow Junior Barnes in her sights on the finishing straight but eventually slipped to third. Youth rider William Worrall continued his rise up the placings, breaking into the top 10 with an excellent 9th place and for U16 Girl Amy Roberts it was another consistent performance to finish 4th. Ffion James finished an excellent 7th and 1st U14 Girl beating series leader Grace Garner and Sam Beckingsale returned to the National scene after injuring his hand.
Youth Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders) 9th, Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC) 46th (15th U14)
Youth Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) 4th, Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) 7th (1st U14)
Veterans 40: Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) 15th
Women: Ruby Miller (Forza Cycles) 3rd
Seniors: Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) 15th
See the race reports and full results here >>
Read Senior Lee Williams' blog on his race here >>
The National Trophy Series makes its annual visit to the Mallory Park Motor Racing Circuit in Leicestershire on Sunday (15th Nov). A tunnel and some short, sharp climbs and descents have been added to the course to compliment the adverse camber corners that Mallory is noted for. Good luck to all the Welsh riders!
Youth U14 Boys: Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC), Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos-on-Sea CC)
Youth U14 Girls: Ffion James (Abergavenny RC)
Youth U16 Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders)
Youth U16 Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax)
Veteran 40s: Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF)
Junior Women: Ruby Miller (unattached)
Seniors: Anthony O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona), Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle), Lee Williams (Team Wiggle)
See the full start sheet here >>
BC Inter-Area Team Championships ...
Despite flooded roads and strong winds all the Welsh riders made it to Leicester giving us full Youth and Senior teams. An excellent course had been devised for the event with numerous off-camber switchbacks utilizing the contours of the venue; many a rider came to grief on the tight, slippery bends.
Unfortunately the Wales A Youth Team were well down the gridding order on the start line, with the Commissaire even failing to call up the B Team! But William Worrall worked his way up the field with his usual determination to finish 15th and Amy Roberts and Joe Anstice rode strongly to 39th (3rd Girl behind National Trophy rivals Lucy Garner and Hannah Payton) and 43rd respectively. Fellow A Team member Owen James started well but suffered a puncture and the effects of illness earlier in the week. Dylan Kerfoot-Robson headed the B team early in the race but was one of the many victims of the off-camber bends and it was Matthew Thompson in 46th place who led home the B Team ahead of Dylan, first year U14 Ffion James and Geraint Manley. For Matthew and Geraint this was their first taste of National ‘cross racing.
The Seniors faced a well cut up and sticky course and a strong wind for their race. With a front row gridding the Welsh riders had a flying start with Lee Williams in the lead on the first lap, ahead of National Trophy Series leader Paul Oldham, and Anthony O’Boyle and Ian Jeremiah well up the field. However, Williams was unable to stay with Oldham and dropped back to do battle with Dave Collins and Rob Jebb; he was pleased with his 4th place, in such company, having only just started back after a post-MTB season rest. O’Boyle’s progress was hampered when his pedal came off and Jeremiah was eventually overhauled by a slower-starting Andy Baum. O’Boyle finished 15th with Baum 29th and Jeremiah 30th giving Wales 5th place just a few points behind the London Team.
Youth A: 15th William Worrall, 39th Amy Roberts, 43rd Joe Anstice, 57th Owen James
Youth B: 46th Matthew Thompson, 48th Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, 61st Ffion James, 63rd Geraint Manley
Seniors: 4th Lee Williams, 15th Anthony O'Boyle, 29th Andrew Baum, 30th Ian Jeremiah, 50th Ben Simmons, 58th George Rose
See the full results here >>
The 2009 Inter-Area Cyclo-Cross Championships are being held this Sunday (1 Nov) at the Leicester Leys Leisure Centre in Leicester (LE4 1DS). Wales will hopefully field two Youth teams and one Senior team though with two Youth and one Senior already side-lined with injury and another Youth ill it is a case of keeping everything crossed.
The present Youth line-up is Joe Anstice (Newport Velo), Ffion James (Abergavenny RC), Owen James (Towy Riders), Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC), Geraint Manley (Cardiff JIF), Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax), Matthew Thompson (Maindy Flyers) and William Worrall (Towy Riders) and the Seniors are Andrew Baum (unattached), Mark Davies (Cardiff JIF), Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF), Anthony O'Boyle (Torq/Kona), George Rose (Abergavenny RC), Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) and Lee Williams (Team Wiggle). The unenviable task of declaring the A and B Youth teams will be made on the day
Any support will be welcomed by the riders so get out your flags and cow-bells and come on over to Leicester - racing starts at 11.00 am
See the event programme here >>
National Trophy Series Round 3 ...
Several Welsh riders made the long journey east for Round 3 of the 2009/10 National Trophy Series at a sunny Chantry Park in Ipswich. In the Youth race William Worrall's 12th place was his best result so far and Amy Roberts and Ffion James rode well to finish 5th and 2nd U14 respectively.
Youth Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders) 12th, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos-on-Sea CC) 30th (5th U14)
Youth Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) 5th, Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) 12th (2nd U14)
Seniors: Lee Williams (Team Wiggle) 16th, Anthony O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 19th, Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) 28th, Sion O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 36th (5th U23)
See race reports and full results here >>
2009 Welsh Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships ...
REPORT here >>
RESULTS here >>
The 2009 Welsh Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships will again take place at the Penlan Sports Fields, Brecon on Saturday 10th October as part of a weekend of 'cross at this classic venue (Welsh League Round 2 on Sunday). Promotion of the event has passed from stalwart 'cross organizer Rob Lally to Clive Powell from Rhayader, organizer of the Trans Cambrian Sportive, Elan Valley MTB Challenge Rides and the MTB Dirty Weekends.
The race categories are: Yr 3 & below/Yr 4 & Yr 5/ Yr 6 & Yr 7/ Yr 8 & Yr 9/ Yr 10 & Yr 11/ Yr 12 & above. The entry fee is: Yr 7 & below £2/Yr 8 & above £4 (plus £1 surcharge if not a BSCA member). Medals and certificates will be awarded to the first three boys and girls in each race.
For further information and an entry form contact Clive Powell (phone: 01597 811343, e-mail: email@example.com) or download an entry form (bsca_entry_form.doc). Please download a poster too (bsca_poster.doc)and take it into school.
National Trophy Series Round 2 ...
The 2009/10 National Trophy Series moved to a new venue in the Midlands for the Round 2 event, jointly promoted by Derby Mercury RC and Pennine RC at the Moorways Leisure Centre in Derby.
Youth Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders) 16th, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos-on-Sea CC) 32nd (5th U14), Joe Anstice (Newport Velo) 35th, Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC) 39th (7th U14)
Youth Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) 4th, Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) 11th (4th U14)
Juniors: Sam Anstice (Newport Velo) 21st
Seniors: Anthony O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 13th, Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) 27th, Sion O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 32nd (8th U23)
See race reports and full results here >>
Welsh riders in the 2009 Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race ...
All finished safely with Simon Nurse (Cardiff JIF) first Welsh rider in a very respectable time of 4.07.30, just one minute ahead of Abergavenny RC's Owen Davies. Simon was "... a little disappointed. I thought a sub 4 was on the cards but I had a good battle with Owen. I think we'll all be back next year. Without doubt my favourite event."
See full results here >>
The 47th Annual Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race (http://www.3peakscyclocross. org.uk) takes place on 27th September in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 35 mile route starts at Helwith Bridge near Settle and takes in the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. With 5000 feet of climbing this is the toughest cyclo-cross event in the UK and a "must do" (at least once in their life-time) for many 'cross riders.
This year sees riders from Abergavenny RC and Cardiff JIF on the start list again (http://www.3peakscyclocross.org.uk/entry_list_2009.pdf). Owen Davies will be joined for the first time by fellow Abergavenny RC rider Hanneke van der Werf and Craig Standage and Paul Millar will have their first outing alongside JIF team-mates Simon Nurse and Donald Gray. Mark Davies, who lives in Cardiff and is a newcomer to the Welsh League, is also taking part. Good luck to you all!
National Trophy Series Round 1 ...
Following in sister Becky's footsteps, Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) made her National cyclo-cross debut at Round 1 of the National Trophy Series on a very dry Bicton Arena course in Devon and came away with an emphatic win in the U14 Girls category. In her first year as a Youth she coped admirably with the 30 minutes plus race duration and finished just 13 seconds behind fellow Welsh rider U16 Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) in 6th place overall. In the Youth Boys Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos-on-Sea CC) also had an excellent race finishing 3rd U14.
At the other end of the age-range Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) was in great form and in the running for a podium place in the Vet 40 race, alongside honorary Welsh rider Phil Roach (Coventry RC), but an unfortunate slip on the final lap meant he had to settle for 4th.
Youth Boys: William Worrall (Towy Riders) 17th, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos-on-Sea CC) 24th (3rd U14), Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC) 30th (6th U14)
Youth Girls: Amy Roberts (Cardiff Ajax) 5th, Ffion James (Abergavenny RC) 6th (1st U14)
Vets 40: Phil Roach (Coventry RC) 3rd, Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) 4th
Vets 50: Phil Harries (Cardiff Ajax) 20th
Seniors: Ben Roach (Cult Racing) 14th (2nd U23), Anthony O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 15th, Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle) 27th, Sion O'Boyle (Team Torq/Kona) 31 (6th U23)
See race reports and full results here >>
Good start to the season for Welsh youngsters ...
Continuing their cross-border raids Abergavenny RC youngsters travelled to Round 3 of the Notts & Derby League at Heanor in Derbyshire and to the Swindon 'Cross (Western League 2/Wessex League 1) last weekend (26/27 Sept).
At Heanor on the Saturday Joe Beckingsale finished an excellent 2nd in a field of 54 in the U10s race, only 11 seconds behind the winner, with Megan James impressively recovering to 3rd and 1st Girl; a wrong turn at the end of the first lap while in the lead saw her drop to about 20th. Ben Beckingsale just lost the fight for a podium place, finishing 4th in the U12s and Ffion James added to her tally of wins in the Youth Girls race and was in 11th place overall.
In the Swindon 'Cross on the Sunday Teifion Best took 4th spot in the U12s with team-mate Nathan Ford in 5th.
Megan and Ffion James continued their winning ways last weekend (12/13 Sept). Megan led home a field of 44 U10s in Round 2 of the Notts & Derby League at Bakewell in Derbyshire with Joe, youngest of the Beckingsale brothers, 3rd; Ben B. was 2nd and Nathan Ford 5th in the U12s; and in the Youths Sam B. was 17th and Ffion 18th (2nd Girl and 1st U14 Girl)
And it was more of the same on Sunday at Round 1 of the West Midlands League at Redditch in Worcestershire. In the U10s it was another win for Megan, in an equally large field, with team-mate Huw Higgins-Worrall 8th and Solomon Kerfoot-Robson 21st. Nathan F. was 3rd in the U12s race; Dylan Kerfoot-Robson was 6th and Ffion 13th (3rd Girl and 1st U14 Girl) in the Youth race.
Next Sunday sees Sam and Ffion in action in Round 1 of the National Trophy Series in Devon.
Abergavenny RC's Sam Beckingsale and Ffion and Megan James got their respective 2009 'cross campaigns off to a good start at Round 1 of the SRAM Notts & Derby League in Allestree Park, Derby on Saturday (5 Sept). Despite making the start with only a minute to spare Megan won the U10s race in a sprint finish. In the Youth race Sam finished 14th and 4th U14 Boy and Ffion was 1st U14 Girl ... and just one place behind the 1st U16 Girl!
On Sunday the girls joined Dylan and Solomon Kerfoot-Robson from Rhos-on-Sea CC at the Weaver Valley CC 'Cross (North West League Round 1) in Northwich, Cheshire. In the U12s race Solomon was 3rd and Megan 1st Girl and 1st U10 in 5th place. In the Youth race Dylan was 5th and 1st U14 Boy and Ffion was 1st Girl in 10th place. And in Somerset, Nathan Ford (also of Abergavenny RC) won the U12s race at the Taunton Vale 'Cross (South West League Round 1) in Wellington.
Bohle UK continues to support the Welsh 'Cross League ...
Chris Hearn, Technical Manager for Bohle UK, has confirmed that the company will continue its long association with Welsh cyclo-cross and will again be providing the popular Schwalbe CX Pro tyres and tubes as overall League prizes for the 2009 season. For more information on Schwalbe tyres visit the website www.schwalbe.co.uk.
A website for and about 'cross riders in Wales ...
In keeping with the other UK 'cross leagues, the Welsh Cyclo-Cross League now has its own website. It will feature anything and everything to do with 'cross in Wales from event information to results plus all the latest news for and about Welsh 'cross riders. And if you have any news or comments that you would like to share just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.