National Trophy Cyclo Cross at Peel Park

While most of us sensibly decided to stay in on a very cold Sunday 10th December, many fellow cyclists bravely took to the muddy and slippery confines of Peel Park in Bradford to ride Round 5 of the National Trophy Cyclo Cross, with our younger members once again tasting success in the Under 12 races, for which Jonathan Aylward has kindly provided a report and photographs.

The site of the 2017 National Championships on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of January, Peel Park always provides tough racing and a good spectacle, much of the course being visible from the area near to the finishing straight including technical climbs and descents.

Otley CC had riders in various races throughout the day.

The first two categories away were for Veteran Men, Andrew Moxon representing the club in the Vet 50+ category and finishing in 45th place.

Dexter Leeming-Sykes, enjoying some good results recently in the YCCA Winter Series, finished in 31st place in the U16 Boys category of the Youth Tace

Full results from the British Cycling website.

“Hurry up, it’s freezing!”

World Champion on the line

A colourful Andrew Moxon awaits the start

Another cold start line

Helping hand…..

Junior series leader

Dexter Leeming-Sykes going well

Hard and dirty work in the pits

U12 races

Report by Jonathan Aylward.

Course: The course was a typical Bradford parkland combination of drier semi-woodland/grassland on the high side of the finish straight, with muddy and steep riding on the lower areas of the park
Peel Park National series event was run under very cold conditions with the ground covered with snow and ice and temperatures hovering around 0 degrees all day. Numbers were down due to the bitter cold and most riders deciding to stay indoors, But Otley CC Mini Flyers riders are made of sterner stuff……

The course was very well designed and taped to include lots of turns through flat park land, a lightly wooded area and the usual banking.

Both Oscar and Ruaridh got good starts into 5th and 2nd respectively, with Ryden Hindle of Shibden taking an early lead. The gaps between 1st, 2nd and 3rd got steadily wider until quite late in the race when Ruaridh closed up to first place. Some dramatic racing followed on the banking when Ruaridh and Ryden powered up the steep banking either side of a lapped rider with Ruaridh taking the inside, getting to the top first and gaining the lead. He then extended his lead over the remaining 1 1/2 laps to record victory. Oscar showed off some of his mountain bike skills by riding a good technical race, and in so doing recorded his best ever result by coming 5th

However, as each competitor finished the race, the dreaded hot aches hit, and most children spent a few minutes doubled-up in agony as the blood returned to their fingers.

Well done boys for braving the cold and achieving excellent result…Cyclo-cross is definitely more hard core than road.

Many thanks for Shibden CC and Mandy Parker for putting on the event.

Full results from the YCCA website.

Trying to keep warm on the start line

Oscar mid race riding strongly

The crucial bakning and Ruaridh attacks on the inside

Top of the banking few seonds late with Ruaridh getting the lead

Ruaridh trying to extend his lead with Ryden chasing hard

The podium – well done Ruaridh!

Two hardy lads with well-earnt sweets and medals