The hosted Round 7 of their highly successful racing series in October. Cyclo-cross was the discipline in focus meaning a deluge of mud, wind and rain was expected. However, on this occasion we surprisingly had to settle for with the mid 20c sunshine, although competitors were hardly disappointing in their race application!
First off was the one lap time trial, with riders tackling climbs, corners, descents. All riders did exceptionally well with Daryl from Manchester Cycle Sport taking the lead with an impressive 1.24 and with Jamie Helsby coming close with a 1.28, it was left to Tom McCann to take the race win by four seconds in a time of 1.20.
The second race was a mass start event, with riders split into two groups due to the high numbers that had turned up on the day.
In Group 1, the race was won from the front with an impressive ride from Nathan Robothom, followed in by the usual suspects William Martindale and Cameron Bates, with an exceptional ride by Lizzie Pottage who is really coming on strong after a year of full on coaching at Mossley CRT/Dowson Primary and the Manchester League.
The riders then had the opportunity to race in the 'Velocity3in1CNP' Regional Race. At 11:00, seven riders tackled the U8/U10/U12 race, with Rafﬁ, Xavier, Karl, Lizzie, Katie, Sam, and Cameron all having a fantastic performances in their ﬁrst regional cross race.
At 12:00 it was time for the U14/U16 regional race, with a full field of 32 riders. A cracking ride by Jamie Helsby who borrowed a bike from the league for the day "to have a go" came in fifth position overall, a cracking ride for a newbie crosser!!
Another amazing ride was from Oscar Williamson who has come on leaps and bounds this year with the expert help of Janis Hett and Fred Hewitt at Mossley. Both riders are reaping the rewards of constantly being on their bikes, being at every coaching session, and trying all disciplines of racing.
The Manchester Go-Ride Racing League would also like to thank Phil Braybrooke and his 'Velocity3in1CNP' Race team for their support for a Go-Ride Race at the their event. Phil Braybrooke, 'Velocity3in1CNP' Coach and Race Organiser said: "It was great to see so many Go-Ride entrants. I’m sure it’s making a difference and encouraging participants to enter the Regional races.
“Having the races back-to-back really seems to work and encourages parents and their siblings to race together. You can keep up-to-date on the 'Velocity3in1CNP' via www.velocity3in1cnp.co.uk.
Tom Hodgkinson, Manchester Go-Ride Coach was also impressed with the riders putting themselves forward to race regionally, saying: "All clubs, all coaches, all parents, and all riders put in a fantastic amount of effort; delivering a fantastic event which supported 15 riders into the regional race.
"The 15 riders who raced in the regional race have used the Manchester Go-Ride Racing League and superb Go-Ride Club support as a springboard to regional racing, which is a credit to the riders themselves and the coaches working with them in their Go-Ride clubs.”
The next round of the Manchester Go-Ride Racing League will be another Cyclo Cross event with Mossley CRT/Dowson Primary School. For more information on this round please see www.mgrrl.com