Race win for young Molli as Cyclo-Cross League comes to MK Bowl

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ROUND two of this year’s Central Cyclo-Cross League came to Milton Keynes on Saturday and brought some good results for the city’s home team.

As expected the number of Team MK riders taking part in round two at the National Bowl was considerably more than last weekend’s first round at Hillingdon where the club’s riders began the series in decent form.

And the other notable difference to greet the 30 plus youth riders was the change in conditions as the continual rain that had fallen on Friday night had made the course muddy and extremely slippery, promising some entertaining racing.

The field for the U10s race was probably the largest in the Central League’s history, with 25 riders completing the course. A fall on the last lap whilst leading means Alex Wetherill will have to wait a while longer for his first win of the year.

Jonti Ball and Ruben Snelson were the next Team MK finishers in 8th and 9th respectively, while last week’s winner, Alexander Russell, couldn’t repeat his victory due to a fall on the second lap and finished in 11th place.

Making it two wins in two rounds, Molli Keenor once again crossed the line as the first girl in a hotly contested race, winning by just one second. Emily Moon and Fiona Muncaster were 3rd and 4th respectively.

In the U12s race, Lewis Muncaster was unlucky to finish just outside the podium places in 4th, and the next Team MK finisher was Sam Skeggs in 7th.

Noah Tresham led home a trio of Team MK riders, finishing in 9th place following an eventful race. Following Noah were Nic Day and Max Welstead. Matthew Dicks was narrowly beaten into 17th place after chasing hard in the final two laps. In the girls race, Aimee Zygo was 2nd.

Jacob Tresham followed up his impressive first round ride with another fine performance, finishing 2nd in the U14s race. Just outside the podium places in 4th was Elliot Haigh, with Thomas Zygo 4th, Travis Jacobs 13th, Oliver Daykin 15th and Jamie Lloyd 17th.

For the second week running, Lauren Murphy was victorious in the girls’ category, finishing almost five minutes ahead of the 2nd placed rider. Erin Simpson and Neve Skeggs were 3rd and 4th respectively.

In the U16s event, Zinzan Heap was unable to repeat his first round win, finishing in 2nd place. Jonti Heap was an impressive 3rd, just over 40 seconds behind his older brother. Marcus Burnet, Buauna Ball and Ollie Bates were 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Elizabeth Shirley was the victor in the girls’ category.

For the second week running the adult race was once again over 100 riders strong, with Mark Booth being the highest placed Team MK rider in 22nd position. Last year’s series winner, Christina White, was the winner of the female category.

Mike Wragg finished in 23rd, Chris Smith 25th, Brian Primett 44th, Christina White 53rd, Jason Keenor 54th, David Skeggs 57th, Martin Brindley 62nd, Graham Mackie 64th, Bill Shirley 73rd, Keith Jones 76th, Stephen Dicks 80th and Brenda Bozwood-Davies 91st.