YCCA Bedale and Skipton Cyclo Cross

Cyclo Cross is FUN!

The third and fourth rounds of the YCCA Winter Cross, sponsored by Kinesis Bikes, took place Sunday 17th September and Sunday 1st October with Otley members riding, some for the first time, and our younger riders obviously having a great time!


A tough, muddy course greeted riders for the John Stevenson Memorial Cross 17th September at the Camp Hill Estate,Kirklington near Bedale.

We had a total of six riders across four of the categories, Mo Leeming-Sykes riding her first ‘cross which dad David says Mo really took to and had a great time. Why not try it yourself and see what she experienced!

Round 3 results

Mo rode the Youth event in the Female U14 category, finishing 61st overall and 11th in her category. Brother Dexter rode the same event in the Male U16 category, finishing 8th overall and 7th in his category.

Ruaridh Aylward finished 4th overall in the U10 event and 4th in his category (MU10).

In the Senior/Junior/V40-44 event Liam Mealey (MSen) finished 81st overall, 27th in his category.

Our two representatives in the Vet 45+/Women/Novice event, Andrew Moxon and Peter Middlemiss (both MV50) finished 77th and 83rd respectively overall, 34th and 38th in their category.

Full Round 3 results courtesy of the YCCA website.

Photographs courtesy of David Leeming-Sykes, Helen Goldthorpe and Liam Mealey.

Liam does his best to convince Helen…

…he needs a pressure washer…

…and a spare bike (n+1)!


Another muddy round after the recent bad weather, particularly on the morning of the round held Sunday 1st October at Aireville Park in Skipton.

Some of the Mini Flyers made a special trip to the event and Stuart Hall, coach and Mini Flyer dad, has written a report on their experience and from the photographs you can see that a good time was had by them all.

“We had first-class representation from the Mini Flyers today at round 4 of the Yorkshire Points Cyclocross, held at Aireville Park in Skipton. All of our junior riders were racing in the under-10s class, with Ruaridh Aylward and Oscar Hall representing the older age group and Isla Aylward and Annie Chambers representing the younger end.

“As always, the race produced a high octane start, but all riders got off safely into the first lap. The course was a particularly hilly one and the lap opened straight into a tough, grass climb to the top of the course. Ruaridh and Oscar reached the summit in 6th and 7th places respectively from a field of around 40 riders and proceeded to push the riders ahead hard into the tricky, adverse-cambered corners on the top of the hill. Sadly, disaster struck when Oscar took a particularly tricky corner at a somewhat ambitious speed and ended up on the floor nursing a nasty bruise to his temple, while Ruaridh, taking a much more considered approach, cleared the corner and continued to chase the riders ahead. After a quick check over from his support team (aka Dad!), Oscar was quickly back on his bike and chasing down the remaining riders. Both riders dug deep and were still pushing hard, overtaking other riders, right to the end of the race.

“Annie and Isla also produced exceptional performances, especially considering how challenging the course was. There was a great deal of trackside support and many cheers for the girls, who were both still smiling broadly as they took the chequered flag to join the boys at the finish line.

“Well done to all riders, and especially to Ruaridh for an excellent and well earned podium finish. Top job!”

Thanks for a great report Stuart and well done to the Mini Flyers who obviously had a great time judging by the smiles in the photographs. And thanks of course to all their support teams!

David Leeming-Sykes reports via Facebook that ‘Mo dug deep and finished her second CX race and Dexter recovered from crashing out and taking a bang to the head & chain off’.

Round 4 results


Isla was 37th, Annie 43rd overall and in the Female U10 category.

In the Male U10 category Ruaridh was 3rd overall and 3rd in his category. Oscar was 18th overall and 18th in his category.


Mo riding in the Female U14 category finished 75th overall and 11th in her category. Dexter (Male U16) was 14th overall, 9th in his category.


Liam (MSen) was once again the only Otley rider in that event, finishing 23rd overall and 6th in his category.


James Cullen joined Andrew and Peter in the MV50 category. James was 48th overall, 20th in his category, Andrew 78th and 38th, Peter 90th and 42nd.

Full Round 4 results courtesy of the YCCA website.

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