Elsie leads way as cyclocross gears up
●● Elsie Haygarth at Northwich17 CYCLING DEREK SCHOFIELD THE North West cyclocross season is now underway and the second round at Northwich last Saturday saw a good selection of Rossendale riders competing.
First up was Elsie Haygarth of Helmshore competing in the U10s and, for the second race running, was the leading girl in this class.
Maisy Vasic was a fine second in the U16 girls class, only 40 seconds behind the winner, with Katie Taylor coming in fourth, despite a heavy fall.
Cyclo-cross has increased in popularity in recent years and the senior classes have now been split into three age groups. There were 98 starters in the joint Male 50+ and Ladies event, won overall by vet60 Roy Hunt riding for Colnago/BBB.
From Rossendale, Derek Schofield and Carl Nelson had a race long battle with Schofield eventually pulling away on the final lap, despite a front wheel puncture, to finish in 16th place overall.
Nelson lost a couple of more places in the heavy going to finish 19th.
Mick Taylor just couldn’t repeat his strong showing from the 1st round at Hoghton Towers to finish one lap down, with Adrian Watts 3 minutes further back, but still in an encouraging 42nd place finish.
In the Senior 40-45 age group, the 2016/17 series winner Dave Haygarth couldn’t repeat his daughter’s winning streak and finished 10th, possibly feeling his fine ride the previous week in the 3 Peaks event. RRC member Ian Hazell had a fine ride in this highly competitive field to take 27th place.
The final race of the day was the combined Junior/ Senior event.
Matt Toman, 16, had a great ride competing in the Blue Riband event to finish as 5th Junior and 30th overall in the 63 rider field. Young Toman has a great future in the sport and will be one to watch in the future.