Cy­clists shine at Sun­light

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

CY­CLING DEREK SCHOFIELD IT was a Rossendale team de­pleted by in­juries and hol­i­days that made their way to the sixth round of the North West cy­clo-cross se­ries at De­lamere For­est on Satur­day, and those that were miss­ing must be sorely dis­ap­pointed.

Port Sun­light Wheel­ers had or­gan­ised a su­perb event at this new venue with ob­sta­cles typ­i­cal of a ‘cross’ course, all vis­i­ble for spec­ta­tors. The ear­lier events were held in dry con­di­tions which made for some fast rac­ing and the 1.8 mile full cir­cuit suited those rid­ers of a road rac­ing back­ground.

In the V50 race, Derek Schofield seemed to have re­gained some of his ear­lier sea­son form and fin­ished first V65 and 21st over­all, de­spite be­ing bun­dled off at the hur­dles on the sec­ond lap. Carl Nel­son, more adept on tech­ni­cal cour­ses, found the pace a lit­tle fast and fin­ished in 37th spot. Paul War­rener and Gra­ham Wright both fin­ished a lap down in 63rd and 72nd re­spec­tively.

The Ladies race started one minute af­ter the V50 and the lead­ers have to work their way through the field. Kate Tay­lor couldn’t repeat her fan­tas­tic fourth place of the pre­vi­ous week, but still fin­ished first ju­nior woman, and sixth over­all.

As the day wore on, rain show­ers changed the course sur­face, with the ad­verse cam­bers pre­sent­ing real chal­lenges and Dave Hay­garth rode steadily to fin­ish 18th in the V40 event, still car­ry­ing a se­vere hand in­jury. In the fi­nal event of the day, Matt To­man main­tained his form as sixth Ju­nior male, and 52nd over­all in the Se­nior class.

On Sun­day, Rossendale Road Club will be rid­ing Le Grim Pierre, a 72 mile route with a café stop around the hills of East Lan­cashire and West York­shire. All are wel­come to join the ride, which will leave Kay St car park at 9am. The route can be found on www. map­myride/routes. ●● Ryan El­li­son heads the ball goal­wards ●● Nialle Rod­ney’s over­head kick nar­rowly misses the tar­get

Frank Crook

Frank Crook

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