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Go Race Series 2010 by Welsh Cycling & Coed Llandegla NWMBA
Go-Race Round 1 Coed Llandegla 13th March
With the remaining snow only clearing a few days before the race 35 riders tackled a new course near the still frozen reservoir. The course included a steep drop onto loamy, rooty singletrack and rutted forest roads. With many riders moving up a category the tough course was likely to prove a testing season opener.
The Youth and Juvenile classes were the first off. Gari Fon (CBMDC), Ben Mossman, Niall Allen and Lee Morgan (CBMDC) created an early gap. By the end of lap two Ben and Gari were pulling away from the rest of the field as the early pace began to tell. A stitch on lap three put Lee out of the running whilst Ben began to pull away from Gari and establish a winning lead. Niall put in a fast fifth lap but was unable to reel in Gari and had to settle for third place. A special mention must go to Mike Forster who only began riding in the last year, despite boasting war wounds at the finish he put in five consistent laps and still had the energy left to sprint for the finish line.
Geena Fraser (youth) and juvenile rider Hannah Bird (CBMDC) were locked together throughout their race with Hannah putting in a fast fourth lap to win her event whilst Geena continued for a fifth lap to take the youth girls win.
The Juvenile boys race was close with Robert Rogers (Coed Llandegla Go Ride) beating Joe Barnwell (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) by eleven seconds. Kristian Wright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) finished a fantastic fourth despite a high speed fall mid-race.
In the Under 12 girls race Elen Bird (CBMDC) was a clear winner from Niamh Peers (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) and Bethan Page who were both taking part in their first race. Meanwhile the boys race was a close affair with less than two minutes between winner Peter Stewart (CBMDC) and Jack Nash (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) in fourth.
The Under 10 boys race saw dramatic scenes as Dafydd Keating (CBMDC) powered off the line managing to loosen his pedal! After a quick repair he kept calm and worked his way through the field to an impressive second place. Winner Nick Clark (Alf Jones Cycles) was enjoying himself so much he continued for a third lap!
After a small change to the course it was time to unleash the Under 8’s. The field were close together at the half way point before William Harding began to pull away. Close on his tail was Ossian McCormack who had come up for a ride but decided to enter his first race instead. Third and fourth were closely fought with the lead changing hands four times in the finish straight before Alfie Baines took third from Ioan Oldfield by half a bike length.
Pictures are available at www.turniptowers.co.uk Many thanks to all at One Planet Adventure and Tilhill for making us all so welcome and ensuring there was plenty of mud for all!
Race report by Lucy Marshall:
Photo from the 2009 event.
After the previous day’s rain those who battled the traffic jams to reach Bryn Gwyn were greeted with fabulous sunshine (and lots of mud!) A short, slippy course with lots of lumps and bumps was thoroughly put through its paces in a fast, furious high intensity race.
First off were the youth and juvenile categories with all opting to complete five laps. James Harding (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) took an early lead which second placed Gari Fon (CBMDC) was unable to bridge despite chasing hard right up to the line. Juvenile boys winner Robert Rogers (Coed Llandegla Go Ride) put in a storming run which would have placed him third in the youth race. Not to be outdone Geena Fraser (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) and Hannah Bird (CBMDC) got stuck into a race which was so fast and frantic it was difficult to keep track of who was where!
The Under 12 and Under 10 races continued this state of affairs as Peter Stewart (CBMDC) sprinted round with the rest of the field hot on his heels. In the under 10’s race Nick Clark (Alf Jones Cycles) again put in an extra lap to stamp his authority on the race and set an early season mark for his opponents to chase.The Under 8 boys delivered another close fought race. Coed Llandegla NWMBA duo William Harding and Ben Bright were locked together throughout with William eking out a narrow four second gap to take the win. William Dorrell made an impressive debut crossing the line less than a minute after the winner.