Cycling round-up

Beds Road Club. wk 42.
Beds Road Club. wk 42.

Beds Road Club

Beds Road Club riders were out in force on Sunday in the third round of the Central Cyclo-Cross League at the technically-difficult Hemel Hempstead course.

The recent rain made for a slippery course over the many inclines and wooded areas.

In the U10 race Rosie Dunbar came second female and ninth overall, followed by Harry Layton, 13th, Miles Varley, 20th, and Rose Coggins, 25th. Oliver Barrett headed the Beds Road Club riders in the U12 race in 10th, followed by Annabelle Foxall, first female and 11th overall, and Louis Bibb in 13th. The youth race had a strong field with 44 finishers. Bill Fadden came 26th followed by Toby Johnson in 34th, while Angus Hudson did not finish.

The main event attracted another large field with 122 riders finishing in the Junior, Senior, Vets and Women’s categories. The first Beds Road Club rider home was 15-year-old Isaac Anstee in 42nd (third Junior), followed by Mark Anstee in 49th, who was lucky not to be caught by Geoff Cooper in 50th. Mark Cook was teamed up with Isaac until a puncture saw him drop to 81st, followed by Alastair Fadden in 101st, while another puncture saw well-placed Mathew Raw drop to 106th, followed by Alison Cooper in 114th.

Elsewhere, 24 riders took part in an autumn sportive, riding many of the hills of Bedfordshire with gradients of over 14 per cent.

This tough 74-mile event attracted a field of over 80 riders and Beds Road Club had 12 of the first 14 finishers, with a number of the club’s younger riders finishing strongly.

Riding closely as a bunch, they tackled the course in just over three and a half hours, with James Stewart completing the course ‘in the big ring’ having snapped his gear cable during the first few miles.

In multi-sport events, Gill Fullen completed at Kona – the invitation-only final large Ironman event of the season in Hawaii. Phil Holland and Jason Moore have just left for New Zealand to compete at the World Championship Sprint Triathlon this weekend, while Emily Robertson finished third lady on a very hilly 10-mile cross-country event.