Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 23.11.18
Round 6 of the Notts Derby Cyclo League was held at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham hosted by Nottingham Clarion. Being alongside the river Trent in a low lying area the course is generally a very muddy venue. This year with no really heavy rain falling the course was very much more rideable for most riders and the usual heavy jet washing was not required by most of the competitors. The usual mix of fast flat sections, wooded areas and off cambered banks made for good fast racing in all classes.
A new course for Julie Tipper of Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles, didn’t daunt the V50F rider and she again rode a first class race. She was always in contention and finished a very good 2nd to the class winner, Elizabeth Bridgen of Ilkeston CC.
Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles Oliver Parker rode in the Senior men’s class. A relative novice in a strong class of riders he showed his general fitness when crossing the line in 17th place a good effort in a class with a lot of very good riders. The winner was the experienced Bruce Dalton of Team Vitus. Fabric Racing.
Zepnat.com RT-Lazer Helmets rider Pascal Arnoux always enjoys this venue and the V55 rider rode a very strong, aggressive race to finish in 3rd place behind Glenn Coltman of Pedal Power Loughborough.
In the Under 12 category the younger Mercia riders Daniel Ward and Sam Parker as ever put maximum effort into the race but couldn’t stay with the leading bunch on what is a strength sapping course. Both Ward & Parker were struggling with cold and chest problems. Ward still managed to gain a place on the previous weeks result and finished in 7th place, whilst Parker crossed the line in 18th. The winner, who is in unbeatable form at the present, was again George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme.
Undeterred by his breathing problems, the following day Ward competed at the Lincs League Cyclo Cross event hosted by Boston Wheelers on the very good course at Ostlers Plantation in Woodhall Spa. Although unfamiliar the fast course with lots of wooded sections suited Ward and despite being gridded at the back he had a much better race when finishing in 3rd place behind VC Lincoln rider Mathew Kent.