Dominance is over for Spalding’s youngsters

Adam Ellis
Adam Ellis

The end of another successful Lincolnshire Cyclo Cross League season for Spalding Cycling Club saw less attendance and a shift in the results away from the dominance shown by younger members in the previous season’s under-12s, 14s and 16s races.

With no junior category members riding, those racing in the senior and veterans categories again produced impressive and consistent results comparable with the previous season.

The Under-12 Boys Championship saw Bourne Wheelers and VC Lincoln taking the podium awards while Spalding’s Ben Norton was 13th after completing 
only three races of the series and Jack Bowser, in his first season, finished 36th.

A similar result in the under-12 girls championship featured a clean sweep of the podium by Bourne Wheelers headed by Emily Richards.

Spalding’s Velvet Bowser took 12th place in her first season while team-mate Mimi Gurney’s single ride saw her finish in 20th overall.

The under-16 boys category saw another win by Bourne Wheelers’ Bryn Richards, this time shared with Paul Milnes Cycles’ Bradley Sproggis.

Despite more of their attention being on mountain bike racing this season, Spalding’s second claim riders Matt Ellis and Jake Norton of Sherwood Pines RT posted sufficiently good results in the races they rode to finish 12th and 13th respectively.

Having ridden well in the few events they started, Thomas Wright, Ed Gurney and Will Gurney made it into the top 20 finishers – posting 15th, 18th and 20th respectively.

In the Ladies Championship, Spalding’s Tilly Gurney – riding for Squadra Donne – swapped the comparative comfort of the Velodrome for a couple of cross events for sixth place overall with her Sainsbury’s School Games team-mate Maddie Gammons of Sherwood Pines RT taking the win.

Won by George Thompson of Sleaford Wheelers, the Seniors Championship overall standings featured four Spalding riders in a field of 53 riders.

Consistent good results in the early part of the season enabled Ben Moore to finish in 27th place followed by Sam Bentley (30th), Andy Bowser (35th) and Thomas Webster (37th).

The veterans category was won by Martin Kennedy of Ellmore Factory Racing while six Spalding riders appeared in the overall standings.

Heading up the group Chris Peel’s results from five rides gave him 21st spot.

Next in the standings was Adam Ellis in 31st place ahead of Shane Norton and Simon Wright with 36th and 39th. Neil Palmer’s ride at the Spalding CC round netted him enough points to complete the overall standings in 45th place while Stewart Elderkin was 53rd.

A quartet of Spalding riders made it into the Vets 50+ category overall standings with quietly impressive results.

From a field of 37 Gary Bentley’s seven completed races meant 10th place.

Just 30 points behind, the keen and improving Chris Bettinson posted 15th overall while Tom Webster made his four rides count for 19th.

In his first season with Spalding and recovering from injury, Andy Barnard’s ride at Sleaford at the beginning of the season paid off with 36th place.