Cyclo-cross in Hempton mud

Cyclo-cross riders had an epic battle on Hempton Common, not only with their rivals but with the elements.There was a cold wind, rain was almost continuous and conditions under wheel became ever more muddy.

Cyclo-cross riders had an epic battle on Hempton Common, not only with their rivals but with the elements.

There was a cold wind, rain was almost continuous and conditions under wheel became ever more muddy.

The course had some fast stretches under trees but front wheels easily slid outwards on tight corners, depositing their riders in mud.

British Cycling coaches had been explaining cyclo-cross at Fakenham High School earlier in the week, and several students took up the challenge.


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Jamie Websdale and Kyle Money clearly knew how to handle their bikes off road and looked as if they were familiar with some of the exciting descents.

They kept going with admirable fortitude as the mud got deeper and running was needed over previously rideable stretches.

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Best placed local rider in the senior race was Matthew Jacklin from Burnham Market who lapped exceptionally consistently and took 16th place.

Visitors took the top two places, Ben Roach (Wyre Forest) winning and Phil Cooper (Blue Sky Cycles)from Hoddesden coming second, ahead of Ian Newby of the Diss and District Cycling Club.

The race for veterans was won by Mick Bell of the London Fire Brigade CC.

The event was promoted on behalf of Fat Birds CC by Paul Harris of Fakenham, who is a regular Eastern League competitor.

Hannah Barnes (Pinarello RT) who was visiting relations in Holt, took second place in the youth race, where her sister Alice was fifth. Also finishing in front of all but one of the boys was Sophie Holmes (Diss and District), who was second in the Under-12s.

Her rival last season Henrietta Colbourne reappeared to claim fourth.

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