Cyclists shine at Sunlight
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