Hosted by Spalding Cycling Club, warm weather and the promise of fast racing attracted a large number of competitors and spectators to Gleed School for the second round of the Lincs League Cyclo Cross 2014 season.
With courses set by the club’s Stewart Elderkin and organisation managed by club members, the event has grown in stature and reputation as one of the best organised, catered and friendliest in the league.
Interestingly in a direct comparison to the Ancaster results, the same Under-12 category 4 club members finished in exactly the same order in the same overall places, while in the Youths race there was a similar outcome. These results show great consistency, teamwork and strength in depth.
The Seniors race featured a number of club members with two placed in the top 20 and others improving on their final positions from Ancaster too.
In a fast and hard-fought U12s race Bryn Richards, after being edged out of the ideal racing line in the last corner, narrowly missed second place overall by one second and just 12 seconds down on winner Max Poole of Bike Box Alan.
Next home was Ben Norton in sixth place, 1 min 36 down, after playing an important part working hard to help Molly Peel to take ninth overall and first girl.
The fast pace meant Emily Richards was lapped by the leaders but still managed to finish second girl in 11th overall.
Finishing in the same lap it was 22nd place for Ed Gurney, a fine ride for him. His sister Mimi, reminded as she passed her family of her birthday on the coming Tuesday, rode well to cross the line in 45th place and 14th of the 16 girls in the race. A total of 48 riders finished the race.
The Youths race was no less hard but just as exciting as the 19 strong field made their way round the circuit which included strength sapping double dismounts and a sandpit.
Exiting the start straight Spalding’s second claim club members Matt Ellis and Jake Norton, riding in their Sherwood Pines SRAM RT team kit, were right at the front and rode well to retain third and fifth respectively with Matt third U16 and Jake first U14.
Improving on their overall finishing positions from Ancaster, Will Gurney and Cameron Neilson worked well finishing with eighth and ninth places while despite being lapped Tom Wright and Tom Webster made it into 10th and 11th.
Tilly Gurney equalled her Ancaster placing of 14th but did not appear to be having a good ride, nevertheless it was good enough to take the U16 girl third place award.
Sophie Wright made up the Spalding teams finishing in 17th place and sixth girl.
With Graham Briggs and Steve Lampier not present the 100 strong Seniors, Vets, Juniors and Women’s race was going to have a different outcome and after 53:56 minutes of racing George Thompson of Sleaford Wheelers took top honours.
Team award went to Ellmore Factory racing with six riders in the top ten.
First Lady and 45th overall was Samantha Thoy of Team Jaden while Henry Thompson of Sleaford Wheelers took the Junior award and fourth place overall.
Best Spalding rider was Adam Ellis in 11th place, 3:48 down on the winner, earning him sixth place in the Vets standings.
Riding what is believed to be his first cross season Ben Moore crossed the line in a fine 20th spot 4:48 down.
The heat, speed and technical sections of the course made for tough going but creditable performances came from other Spalding members too – Neil Palmer 38th and 14th Vet, Andy Bowser 55th, Gareth Richards improving from 72nd at Ancaster to 61st, Tom Webster 64th and eighth in Vet 50 Category, Chris Peel 72nd after 85th at Ancaster. Simon Wright and Chris Bettinson completed the Spalding line-up with 83rd and 87th overall.