CYCLING: Spalding trio shine at national meet

Solid ride: Molly Peel was second girl for Spalding at U/14 level.
Solid ride: Molly Peel was second girl for Spalding at U/14 level.
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A top trio of Spalding Cycling Club riders took on the best of British at round five of the National Cyclo Cross Trophy at Shrewsbury.

On a very wet and muddy course Sam Bentley raced hard against an elite field to finish 20th – gaining some national ranking points in the process.

Matt Ellis finished 13th in a strong field of under-14s, keeping him in 13th overall in the national rankings.

Meanwhile, Matt’s father Adam Ellis placed 26th in the Vets 40 after staying in the top ten for the first part of the race.

Both Matt Ellis and Bentley have gained a massive amount of experience from riding at national level – and it should bode well for their future development.

While the top Spalding trio were on national duty, the other riders were visitors at Cottingham Coureurs, as they hosted their round of the Lincs League.

A depleted vets team saw just three riders finish, with Shane Norton the first home in 27th place.

In the under-14s level, Megan Kendall rode well to take 12th place overall and second girl overall. She was the only Spalding rider in that race.

In the under-12s race there was a familiar outcome, as Jake Norton took the win, with Cameron Nielson a short way behind in third.

They were followed by Bryn Richards in sixth, Ben Norton in 12th and Molly Peel in 17th. That ride was good enough to get Peelin the second girl accolade.

• The final round of the Lincs Cyclo Cross at Rossington had favourably sunny, cold and windy weather which dried the ground sufficiently for some fast racing over a testing course.

There were mixed fortunes for the Spalding vets, with Shane Norton suffering a broken rear gear mechanism and, despite using a spare bike to try to get back into the race, it resulted in him not finishing

Adam Ellis finished 11th over all to claim fourth vet, while Gary Bentley and Gareth Richards also withdrew.

Sam Bentley took fourth junior and Matt Ellis was 7th overall and second under-14, with Megan Kendall in 16th place and third girl in the same race.

The under-12s race was again won by Jake Norton with Bryn Richards seventh overall and Molly Peel in eighth overall and first girl.