TEAM MK riders battled the opposition as well as the difficult conditions at round seven of the Central Cyclo-Cross League in Bedford on Sunday.
Following the recent wet weather, the stage was aptly held at Box End in Bedford, home to water ski and wakeboarding. The lake had significantly increased in size, with some of the posts marking the course almost entirely submerged by water.
As usual the U10s got the day’s racing underway, and within 50 metres they hit a slippery ascent, which remained the focus for spectators throughout the day.
Alexander Russell had a great start before finishing in 2nd place, holding off a Welland rider on the line, as Alex Wetherill was 4th and Ruben Snelson 8th.
Molli Keenor was once again 1st girl, with Emily Moon in 4th.
In the U12s category, Skip Snelson continued his impressive run of results by taking a fantastic victory, while Noah Tresham’s consistency continued by finishing in 4th position.
An eventful race for Lewis Muncaster saw him finish in 8th, with Alex Wilkins 11th, and Nic Day managed to hold off a fast finishing Hemel rider to take 14th place and Bryce Sullivan was 20th.
In the girls’ category, Aimee Zygo finished in 2nd place.
In the U14s race. Jamie Lloyd and Oliver Daykin were 13th and 15th respectively, with Chris Wilkins in 22nd. Jacob Tresham unfortunately suffered a crash and didn’t finish the race.
For the girls, Erin Simpson finished in 4th position.
After missing the past few rounds of the league, Zinzan Heap returned and led from the start to take victory in the U16s. Buauna Ball continued his impressive run of results with a 2nd place finish, managing to stay in touching distance of Zinzan for much of the race, while fellow Team MK rider Jonti Heap was 4th.
Despite a strong final lap in the girls’ race, Elizabeth Shirley was unable to catch the lead rider, settling for 2nd place.
In the novice event, John Risby finished 2nd, while Andrew Russell and Paul Moon continued their close rivalry. Andrew came out on top on this occasion by finishing in 7th, with Paul 8th, and Simon Wilkins narrowly missing out on 11th position.
The conditions no doubt led to a smaller than usual field lining up for the adults’ race, with a lot of non-finishers. Keith Jones took the honours of being the highest placed Team MK rider, finishing in 59th, ahead of John Muncaster in 65th.
Round seven in Bedford came a week after Team MK’s riders picked up some more good results at round six in Luton.
Once again Alex Wetherill and Alexander Russell battled closely in the U10s, this time for 3rd place. After exchanging places several times, it was Alex who eventually took 3rd.
Ruben Snelson made up several places in the second half of the race to finish in 8th, with Jude Chamberlain finishing in 10th. Alexander’s younger brother, James, took part in his first CX race.
In the girls’ category, Molli Keenor was the 1st home, with Emily Moon finishing 4th.
Skip Snelson finished an impressive 3rd in the U12s race, while Lewis Muncaster had been looking good for the final podium position until a crash moved him down to 5th. In 7th place was Nic Day, with Alex Wilkins and Oliver Barrett finishing 11th and 12th respectively.
Jamie Lloyd made his U14s debut and finished in 13th place, ahead of Oliver Daykin and Chris Williers who finished in 15th and 17th respectively.
In the girls’ category, Lauren Murphy was once again 1st and Erin Simpson finished in 5th place.
In the U16s category, Buauna Ball led from the start and had accumulated a lead in excess of two minutes over his nearest rival by the time he crossed the line, taking him to the top of the overall standings.
Elizabeth Shirley returned to winning ways in the girls’ category.
Paul Moon and Andrew Russell battled closely in the novice race until the last lap when Paul was able to get away and finish in 3rd position, with Andrew 4th.
A relatively modest field of just over 100 riders began the adult race. With Chris Smith pulling out mid-race, Martin Heaton took the honour of 1st Team MK rider home in 39th. Christina White was 2nd in the women’s category, extending her overall lead in the series.
Jason Keenor was 61st, Bill Shirley 78th and John Muncaster 83.