Good golly Miss Molly lifts county cyclo cross honour

WHEELS OF FIRE: Spalding Cycling Club's Molly Peel won the under-12s championship for the Lincs League Cyclo Cross 2014-15 season.

WHEELS OF FIRE: Spalding Cycling Club's Molly Peel won the under-12s championship for the Lincs League Cyclo Cross 2014-15 season.

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Spalding cyclist Molly Peel is the queen of the Lincs League Cyclo Cross season after capturing a closely-fought under-12s Girls Championship from team-mate Emily Richards.

The Spalding Cycling Club pair were the shining lights in a season where club members got their just rewards for showing consistency in nearly all the competition’s race categories.

Cameron Neilson who came sixth in the overall youth championship.

Cameron Neilson who came sixth in the overall youth championship.

Molly and Emily were seventh and 11th respectively in the overall under-12 championship where Bryn Richards took a fine third place, with Ben Norton fifth and brother/sister pairing Ed and Mimi Gurney finishing 21st and 59th respectively.

In a feature on the club’s young cycling talent published in our sister paper, the Spalding Guardian, last summer, Molly said: “I went on the Go Ride programme (a national development scheme for young cyclists) when I was five because I was mad about things on wheels, from cars to bikes.

I remember getting this Pink Princess bike and ever since then, I’ve liked winning races and getting the glory.

“Every time I win a race and get a nice, shiny, golden trophy, I feel made up and I want even more.”

Ben Moore who came 16th in the seniors category.

Ben Moore who came 16th in the seniors category.

Meanwhile, the under-14s championship was dominated by Jake Norton who won each event he started, taking second place in the overall youth championship where the first Spalding Cycling Club rider was Cameron Neilson in what was his first season in the age group.

Cameron was placed third overall, with Tom Wright making up the team in eighth.

In the under-16 category, the leading rider for the Spalding club was Will Gurney in eighth while sister Tilly Gurney, making the switch back from track cycling, was the leading girl for Spalding in 11th place.

Also in the under-16s, Tom Webster took 12th, Megan Kendall 15th and in 19th and 20th places were Tom and Sophie Wright.

Adam Ellis was 18th in the veterans championship.

Adam Ellis was 18th in the veterans championship.

The overall youth championship standings (under-14s and under-16s combined) featured eight more Spalding-based riders in the top 21 - Cameron Neilson (sixth), Will Gurney (tenth), Tom Webster (11th), Tilly Gurney (12th and second under-16 Girl), Matt Ellis (15th), Tom Wright (18th), Megan Kendall (20th) and Sophie Wright (21st).

The overall seniors category saw Ben Moore secure a fine 16th place, earned from just two events, while Andy Bowser was 35th.

In the veterans championship, seven club members featured in the standings with Adam Ellis 18th overall, Gareth Richards 20th, Chris Peel 24th and Neil Palmer 25th.

Out of the other Spalding Cycling Club veterans, Shane Norton was 30th, Simon Wright 32nd and Vic Neilson 54th.

Finally, Chris Bettinson was 13th in the veterans 50 and 60 championship, while Gary Bentley was 27th in the veterans 50 event and Derek Chamberlain was fifth in the veterans 60 category.