Ward is up an age group for new sea­son

Burton Mail - - Sport -

MERCIA CC/Lloyd’s Cy­cles young­ster Daniel Ward has moved up an age group for the new cy­clo-cross sea­son.

He com­peted at un­der-12 in the open­ing round of the Ri­d­ley Lazer West Mid­lands Cy­clo Cross League at Red­ditch and came a cred­itable sev­enth.

Ward started on the front row of the grid in a field in which 49 rid­ers even­tu­ally fin­ished.

Spec­ta­tors were treated to some fine close rac­ing with only small time gaps cov­er­ing the top rid­ers.

Ryan Old­field of the host club, Red­ditch, took the win.

Local rider Chris­tian Au­cote rode in the se­nior men’s race with a mix of se­niors, veter­ans and un­der-23 rid­ers, com­ing 22nd out of 123 fin­ish­ers.

The win­ner was un­der-23 rider Toby Barnes.

Le­ices­ter­shire Cy­clo-Cross League also staged their first event of the sea­son at Marston Lodge, near Mar­ket Har­bor­ough.

Un­der-14 rider Zak Machin of Lich­field City CC com­peted strongly in a mixed field in­clud­ing un­der-16s.

Af­ter a long hard race he fin­ished sixth be­hind win­ner Ben Marsh of Mat­lock CC.

Sev­eral Mercia rid­ers are also likely to be in ac­tion when the biggest of the local leagues, the Notts & Derby, starts to­day at Markeaton Park.

Mercia’s Ben Startin rode in the Bur­ton & Derby Cy­cling Association 100-mile time trial, held pre­dom­i­nately on the A50 from Et­wall.

Strong winds and warm weather took their toll with many with­draw­ing around the half­way point.

Startin fin­ished in the ex­cel­lent time of four hours 16 min­utes 23sec­onds.

The win­ner was Adam Dug­gleby of Vive Le Velo in the time of 3.29.26, an av­er­age speed of more than 28mph.

Ben Startin

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