Sunday 1st December 2013:
Newport Shropshire Cycling Club members competed across the four different age related categories and included Ben Goddard, Sean Lacey, Gareth Evans, Tim Nelson and Jim Morrison. The club were particularly pleased with the number of entries from their coaching scheme with George & Charlotte Preece, Abby Lacey, Alex & Louis Cochrane, Tom & Sophie Jackson, Adam Bramford-Hale, Adam Heller and Owen Silman all taking part.
Peter Banham (Fred’s Racing Team) was untouchable, as he clinched not only the Senior race, but also the series victory at Newport (Salop) Rugby Club today.
Andrew Tamplin (Bicicielo Birmingham) came in second, with Phil Blacker (Team Jewson), taking the 1st Veteran prize, was third over the line.
Conditions were in stark contrast to the previous event hosted last January – this time the racing was held at the Forton Road venue in damp drizzly conditions with occasional sunshine thrown into the mix, making it feel more like October than December at times.
Members of the cycling club also helped in various roles throughout the day as well as hours spent marking the route out all of which made it into one of the best events in the West Midlands Cyclo Cross series. Club Chairman Nick Jeggo said “It was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many club members backing the efforts of our organiser Christine Dodd. . Many of the riders said it was the best event of the whole West Midlands League and there was even talk about making the race the Midlands Championship next season. We’re really grateful to Newport Rugby Club for all their help and for allowing us to use this excellent venue.”
These were the final races in the Waldron Solicitors West Midlands Cyclo-Cross Series, on this occasion hosted by our good selves, Newport Shropshire Cycling Club.
Full British Cycling Report (by Ben Goddard)
Event Photo Gallery (by RDP Photography)