Flyers at Youth Cyclo-Cross – Bourne Woods 16th Oct 2011


Early morning mist, a cold chill in the air & brilliant sunshine set the scene for the Lincs League cyclo-cross event in Bourne Woods last Sunday. Five of the Flyers’ youth riders took part & for some it was their first open event.

Prior to the start the riders did a full course reconnaissance with club coach, Alison Lilley & joint club member Campbell Pollock who was racing for the host club, Bourne Wheelers. They were able to look at obstacles to be avoided, racing lines to take & opportunities for overtaking & recovery. The U16/U14 course featured very long drags, swift descents, single track and an off camber squishy wet grass section. The U12s was technically easy but for the same long uphill start along the fire road.

The U16/U14 race was first off with George Baker seeded in the second row with younger brother Harry Baker & William Riddington racing cyclo-cross for the first time starting further back. George was the first Flyer home to take 6th place. Meanwhile Harry & William were still out on the course doing battle with each other right up to the finish line. Harry had managed to hold off his older team mate utilising the lighter British Cycling cyclo-cross bike that he’d been practising on during the club coaching sessions whilst William hauled his heavier MTB around the course. A sprint worthy of an Olympic final saw William just edge out Harry by the width of a tyre. Unable to speak at the end they both looked exhausted.

Next the U12s lined up for a cat & mouse affair with our very own ‘Tom & Jerry’. Chaos ensued from the start with riders going off course and getting lost but Thomas Spain & Jerry Norman were locked together & on course throughout right up to the final corner. It’s traditional for the mouse to get get away but this time Jerry, who was grinding away in a massive gear, let the cat slink away & Thomas emerged first from the woods into the finishing straight to take 4th place. Jerry followed him in to take 5th place.

After the shock of racing for some there were smiles all around. Well done to everyone.

(More photos to follow)