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CYCLOCROSS SEASON STARTS FOR SOME ELY RIDERS

Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs Press Release 16th August 2021


Normally a disclipline associated with the depths of winter, for some Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs members the cyclocross season started early this year with the Ashwell CC Summer cyclocross series held on Thursday evening. Father and son duos of Joshua and Harvey Woodroffe and Neil and Lucas Bowman were competing in Thursday's race. Lucas and Harvey were both racing in the Juniors event. Lucas made a good start but crashed on the first lap and ended up in a large patch of stinging nettles. He remounted to finish 11th overall and 6th in the U12 category. Harvey continued his strong run of form this year, taking 1st overall and 1st in the U12 category. The tables were turned for their fathers, however, with Neil finishing in 5th overall and 1st in the V50 category while Joshua finished 30th overall and 7th in the Senior category.


Time trial racing resumed at the weekend with the ECCA 10 mile race on the E2/10 course near Six Mile Bottom. Darran Bennett was back on imperious form, completing the 10 mile course in a time of 20:18, giving him 4th place overall out of 79 male riders. John Manlow finished in 21:47 and 29th place, just ahead of Derek Ricketts in a time of 21:58 in 32nd place. Will Shepherd was the next Ely rider to finish in a time of 22:29, putting him in 47th place, while Steve Peck came home in 59th place with a time of 23:26. The combined times of Bennett, Manlow and Ricketts gave Ely third place in the Team prize.


Further afield, Alison Fox travelled up to Nottingham to take part in the Sherwood CC race on the A25/34 course held on the A46. Fox set a new distance personal best for 25 miles, finishing in a time of 64:56 putting her in 7th place in the women's race.


Photographs:


Neil Bowman racing in the Ashwell Summer cyclocross series

Lucas Bowman racing in the Ashwell Summer cyclocross series

Darran Bennett racing to 4th place. Credit Davey Jones.

Will Shepherd in the ECCA 10 mile race. Credit Davey Jones.

Derek Ricketts in the ECCA 10 mile race. Credit Davey Jones.

Steve Peck in the ECCA 10 mile race. Credit Davey Jones.