YCCA Winter Cross Halifax – another win for Ruaridh Aylward!

In the YCCA 2017 Winter Series Cross Yorkshire Points Round 7 at Shibden Park in Halifax on November 5th Ruaridh Aylward scored his third victory in a row in the U10 event. And against a current BSCA Champion. Oscar Hall put in another great performance too. Here’s Jonathan Aylward’s report on another fantastic success.

U10 race Race Report

“…where’s the finish…yesssss…..done it!”.

Ruaridh crossed the line, one arm aloft, celebrating a hatrick of consecutive victories in the Kinesis Winter cross series 2017 over this hilly race across beautiful parkland and against the toughest competition to date, that even included the current BCSA cross champion George Cooper, who had travelled up to Halifax from the Midlands. This was Ruaridh’s best victory yet, and ironically by the biggest margin (35 seconds over a 12 minute race).

The course, built and run by Shibden CC, was the hilliest in the Calendar and ran though the grounds of Shibden Hall. It consisted of a brutal uphill start, lovely sweeping turns through woods that lead down into two off-camber turns. This was followed by the first climb on mud, which went over 2 boards and down a muddy descent round a tight bend and onto the big climb on tarmac pass the finish mats.

The brutal start sorted the field quickly and both Oscar and Ruaridh were well placed. Ruaridh was in third behind George, who subsequently had problems with mud clogging his wheel, and Jody, who crashed. Ruaridh took the lead before the end of lap 1 and rode a smooth race without crashing to record a hansome victory. Oscar also rode well, and without mishap (this was a good job really as he was on his nice brand-new Scatto) to record a very fine 11th place.

Many thanks to Oliver and Paul from Paul Milnes Cycles who couldn’t have been more helpful in doing some work on a frame and providing some ex-team parts – all last minute requests (sorry) on a Saturday morning.

Ruaridh (U10 Boys) was 1st overall & 1st in his category and
Oscar Hall (U10) was 11th overall & 11th in his category.

Other categories

Six other Otley riders enjoyed the Halifax mud too.

In the Youth race Mo Leeming-Sykes (FU14) was 66th overall and 9th in her category. Thomas Hardy (MU14) was 64th overall, 29th in his category and Dexter Leeming-Sykes (MU16) was 25th overall and 12th in his category.

Liam Mealey (MSen) was 75th overall and 26th in his category in the Sen/Jun/V40-44 race.

Loosening up for their cycling trip to Belgium the following Wednesday by riding the V45+/Women/Novice race, Andrew Moxon and Peter Middlemiss (both MV50) were 80th & 129th overall respectively and 35th & 41st in respectively in their category.

Full results from the YCCA website.

Photographs courtesy of Helen Goldthorpe, Stuart Hall and David Leeming Sykes.