CYCLOCROSS SEASON FINALE FOR ELY RIDERS
The final round of the Eastern Cyclocross League was held in Milton Country Park on Sunday at an event organised by Cambridge Junior CC. Although the rain forecast for Sunday held off, the rain overnight had left the ground very wet and, as a result, very slippery once the course started to become worn. In the Under 8s race, two junior Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs riders took to the starting grid for their first Cyclocross race. Toby Turner finished in 12th place in the Under 8s race, narrowly beat Lucas Bowman by only 6 seconds at the finishing line. In the Under 12s Tom Lewis had another strong race, finishing in 10th place, while Kieran Vanhoutte put in another solid performance to finish in 20th place. In the Under 14s race Isaac Barton rounded out the season with another good result, finishing in 19th place.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Martin Holland continued his run of good results in the Grand Vets race, finishing in 26th place. In the Veterans race Dan Bromilow finished in 39th place in his best result of the season while Ferenc Vanhoutte finished in 52nd, hindered somewhat by finishing the race with some of the course tape tangled up in his rear derailleur.
With the final race of the season completed, the series results have been produced. Riders are obliged to finish six events to get a placing in the series and their result is based on their best ten results from the sixteen race calendar. Of the Ely riders who rode enough races to qualify, Kieran Vanhoutte took 15th place overall in the Under 12s, Isaac Barton finished in 13th place in the Under 14s, Stephen Croft and Ferenc Vanhoutte finished in 38th and 54th places respectively in the Veterans category and Martin Holland finished the season in 31st place overall in the Grand Vets division.
However, the Cyclocross riders were not the only members of Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs racing on Sunday. Ollie Sinden was at the Forest of Dean taking part in the 100% Mini downhill mountain bike race. After some encouraging practice runs on Saturday and Sunday morning Ollie rode well to finish his first run in 5th position out of 24 riders, only a second behind the rider in fourth place. In the second and final run Ollie went one better, snatching fourth place by just 0.4 seconds for his best result to date.