Elsie leads way as cy­clocross gears up

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

●● 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.

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