Racing 62 – September 2016. Cyclo-Cross racing in Yorkshire

Although Otley CC riders have taken part all year in cyclo-cross events it’s in he autumn and winter months that the competition gets serious – and of course, the glorious mud gets muddier!

The Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association Winter Series, sponsored this season by KinesisUK, began 4th September in Skipton, Otley riders continuing their year-long participation.

All photographs are courtesy of Kate Howcroft who definitely has the hardest job on the day, not only taking the pics but looking after the Howcroft team before and after!

Round 1.  Sunday 4th September.  Skipton ‘Cross/KinesisUK

The first round of the Winter Series took place at Aireville Park and as before the more mature end of the club were out in force.  We had five riders competing and their results are listed below.  Good to see that Ralph Bentley is back in action.


Sam Howcroft MU16 35th overall, 23rd category


Liam Mealey MSen 86th overall, 28th category


James Cullen MV50 35th overall, 14th in category

Tim Howcroft MV45 37th overall, 20th in category

Ralph Bentley MV50 96th overall, 40th in category

Andrew Moxon MV50 98th overall, 41st in category

Full results can be found on the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross website here.


Sam “There’s the old fella Joe!” Joe “Yeah, but don’t reckon much to his technique!”

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Round 2.  Sunday 11th September.  John Stevenson Memorial Cross/KinesisUK

Round 2 was held much further north at Hambleton Leisure Centre in Northallerton. The five riders from the previous round at Skipton were joined by young Max Hilton-Green racing in the Under 8 category and Liam Mealey in the Seniors.  According to Liam the course was flat and horrible, needing more verticality!  Results as follows.

Under 8

Max Hilton-Green MU8 8th overall, 7th in category


Sam Howcroft MU16 23rd overall, 17th in category


Liam Mealey Mealey 75th overall 30th in category


Tim Howcroft MV45 22nd overall, 11th in category

James Cullen MV50 39th overall, 22nd ,in category

Andrew Moxon MV50 47th overall, 25th in category

Chris Radcliffe MV50 61st overall, 31st category

Ralph Bentley MV50 65th overall, 33rd in category

Full results can be found on the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross website here.

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Round 3.  Sunday 18th September.  Jonathan Noble Memorial Cross/KinesisUK

Temple Newsam Park was the venue for the third round.  Jake Powell joined Sam Howcroft in the Youth category and Peter Middlemiss had fortunately recovered enough from a recent accident to be able to ride in the Vets category.  James Cullen was unfortunately a DNF, whilst Tim Howcroft had Ridden the club 30 champs on the A168 in the morning.

Results as follows.

Under 8

Max Hilton-Green MU8 10th overall, 9th in category


Sam Howcroft MU16 23rd overall, 17th in category

Jake Powell MU16 52nd overall, 27th in category


Liam Mealey Mealey 69th overall, 27th in category


Andrew Moxon MV50 72nd overall, 37th in category

Peter Middlemiss MV50 92nd overall, 45th category

Full results can be found on the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross website here.

The Big One – 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross Sunday 25th September

The organisers of the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross bill the race as ‘…the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK!’  And who are we to argue with them?

Starting and finishing in Helwith Bridge in North Yorkshire, it covers 38 miles – 20 cyclo-cross and 18 on road – , of which 34 is rideable.  There is 5,000 feet of climbing taking in the hills of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent, giving the event its name. Competitors come from far and wide for the event and Otley CC has for many years had regular entrants.  In fact, it was a schoolboy who was eventually to become and still is an Otley CC member, Kevin Watson, who was the first to ever cycle the 3 Peaks course.  This year Tim Howcroft & Steve Renshaw (MV40) and Ian Cullen, James Cullen, Phil Mason, Peter Middlemiss & Andrew Moxon (MV50) were all on the start sheet.

Although Peter had ridden the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross event at Temple Newsam the week before, the severity of the course and the length of the race meant he didn’t start. Rain and wind abated before the start and the riders, in the main, managed to ride in sunny conditions although the rain made for difficult riding conditions.  The six remaining riders all started and finished the race.

Steve 4:09:21 183rd

Tim 4:21:21 243rd

Ian 4:32:25 =294th

Phil 4:33:58 308th

Andrew 4:51:15 389th

James 4:57:34 405th

The overall winner was Paul Oldham of Hope Factory Racing in 2:58:30.  First woman was Delia Beddis of ViCiOUS Velo in 4:06:25.

Well done to all riders who finished what is a difficult and taxing event.  Please see here for report courtesy of Cycling Weekly.

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