In October, the Melton Meteors coaching team set up a course for the Meteors Mountain Bike Go-Ride Racing event being held at Melton Mowbray’s Country Park.
Following registration, the riders were given some time to familiarise themselves with the circuit, before riding a 1 lap time trial.
U10 rider Millie Reid was encouraged around the course by one of the coaches running ahead of her. Joseph Collins of Bourne Whs won the U12’s time trial with Ella Rimmington only a few seconds behind. It was really tight in the U14 race with only one second separating Joe Thorn and Dan Farnsworth. The U16’s race was a family affair with brothers Tom and Jack Winterton, Tom taking the race by four seconds.
Following a short break for a drink, the whole group lined up for a seven-lap race. Joe Thorn lead them out of the starting loop and onto the course proper, he continued to drive hard at the front leading into Lap 2, with the Winterton brothers closing behind. Dan Farnsworth had made a slow start but was now starting to close on the leaders. Into lap 4 and all had changed at the head of the race with Farnsworth now at the front, followed by the Wintertons and a battling Thorn. At the bell Farnsworth had a 20 second lead on Tom Winterton with Jack a further 10 seconds back. Further back, Ella Rimmington and Jamie Benskin were having a real battle and Joseph Collins had to pull out mid race, suffering on the grass climb that dominated the course.
Farnsworth took the chequered flag a lap later with a strong finishing T Winterton closing the gap to 10 seconds with his brother a further 30 seconds back and the courageous Thorn holding on to 4th. Benskin won the battle behind for 5th, with Rimmington finishing 6th.
U10, Millie Reid rode just 1 lap of the circuit to great applause from the parents.
As the organiser I would like to thank the guys who came and raced, also all the helpers on the day and Melton Borough Council for allowing us to use this wonderful venue.