CYCLING: Spalding cyclists reflect on a wonderful winter

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With the 2013 Cyclo Cross season drawing to a close, Spalding Cycling Club are reflecting on another successful winter of competition.

In the Lincolnshire League, the club’s riders have produced fine performances in each age category – with amazing team work resulting in wins and consistent high placings.

Not only do the current standings in each competition feature Spalding members, but as a team they fill sixth spot in the Team Championships, just five points behind the overall lead.

Cameron Neilson, Bryn Richards and Ben Norton are the best-placed boys in the overall under-12 championships and lie in second, third and eighth respectively. Behind them, Thomas Wright places tenth and Edward Gurney is 26th overall.

Neilson and Richards have had a highly successful season, with the former on the podium in virtually all the events. Richards, meanwhile, has enjoyed a consistently high placing and also made an appearance on the podium.

In the under-12 girls’ championship, Emily Richards, Molly Peel and Ellie Peel are placed second, third and fourth respectively.

All three have ridden well as a team and individually.

Jake Norton lies seventh overall in the Lincolnshire Youth Championship – and also heads the leaderboard with a decisive margin over the rest of the field in the under-14s championship with 142 points.

William Gurney, having completed fewer races, is in eighth place overall in the Under-14s and sits 14th in the youth championship.

Spalding’s best-placed girl in the under-14s is Megan Kendall in sixth overall.

Her team-mate Sophie Wright is just outside the top ten in 11th.

Kendall (15th) and Wright (24th) are also going well in the youth championships.

The under-16 league, meanwhile, sees Spalding’s Thomas Webster placed at seventh overall, ahead of team-mate Theo Lawless Hughes in 18th.

The duo are both in the top 30 of the youth championship too, with Webster 11th and Lawless Hughes 29th.

Spalding’s only girl in the under-16 age group, Tilly Gurney, lies ninth overall.

She’s 12th in the youth championship too.

Sam Bentley, in addition to riding the National Trophy series, has taken part in the Junior Championships – and is currently third overall.

In the 18-39 category, Chris Pratt and Harry Bellars feature in 23rd and 34th overall.

Senior riders Adam Ellis, Neil Palmer, Gareth Richards and Tom Webster are all in the top 20 of the Vets Championships in 11th, 14th, 18th and 20th respectively.

Palmer is in his first season of cyclo cross, so his result is a fantastic achievement.

Fellow seniors Gary Bentley (13th) and Derek Chamberlain (fourth) are both faring well in their age group championships too.

Elsewhere, Spalding sent a small team to Graffham Water for the St Ives CC event.

Cameron Neilson (eighth) and Tom Wright (18th)rode well in the under-12s race with top 20 finishes.

But Jake Norton was the star on the day, taking a fine second place in the under-14s.

Sophie Wright took 11th place in the under-14 girls’ event, while Simon Wright (68th) and Stewart Elderkin (74th) did well to finish in the seniors.