Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 24.01.19
The Notts Derby Cyclo League continued with Round 10 at Broxtowe Park in Nottingham hosted by Beeston CC. The event usually held at this time of year is normally very wet with swamp like conditions, this year however, with little heavy rainfall the course, through largely wooded areas, proved to be an even harder test for riders of all ages. What little grass there was combined with thick mud to constantly clog the brake and gear mechanisms causing much on course bike cleaning and changes with the pit crews being kept very busy. The wooded areas with steep banks and no grass covering proved to be almost un- rideable by all but the most skilled and fittest riders. A good time was had by all!!
First off were young Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles riders Daniel Ward and Sam Parker in the Under 12 category. Both found the going hard with the mud making the bikes very heavy indeed. As ever with these two riders they never thought of giving up and completed the very testing course. Ward won the local battle and finished in 9th place whilst Parker crossed the finishing line in 19th place. The winner was Jacob Steed of Bolsover CC convincingly beating the series leader George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme.
Julie Tipper Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles V50F rider. As a first season rider she was unaccustomed to these conditions and deserves credit for completing the course but will have learned a lot when finishing in 4th place behind the winner, Julie Phelan of ‘Here come the Belgians’.
Zepnat.com RT Lazer Helmets rider, Pascal Arnoux rode in the V55 category. The course perhaps didn’t suit his style of riding but he still put in his usual impressive performance when finishing in 4th place behind Philip Roach of Team Jewson-M.I. Racing.
Adrian Waters of Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles in the mens V70 category didn’t enjoy the course but managed to do enough to finish first in category.
The following day Ward raced in the Welland Valley/ Cyclo-Cross League at Misterton Hall, Lutterworth. This venue is many riders favourite. The course generally providing sections to suit all riders. As a non- league rider Ward was placed on the second row of the grid but quickly made his mark cutting through many of the riders who started in front of him. Riding strongly and skilfully throughout, he finished in 6th place behind winner George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Forme Cycles.
This Sunday, 27th January, Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles holds the first of its early season Anniversary Club runs of 100k and 50k. Starting from Henhurst Clubhouse at 10.00 am. All abilities are welcome, £5 entry which includes cakes and coffee/tea afterwards.