Report: Eastern Cyclo Cross Team Champs

Report: Eastern Cyclo Cross Team Champs

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Extreme Sports Therapy Wins at Essex

New Norwich based Extreme Sports Therapy team won the end of season Team Championship which rounded off the Eastern cyclocross League at new venue Danbury Park, Essex on Sunday 31st January.

Above: Ben Paton (Amis Velo) leads the charge away closely followed by 3 extreme sports therapy riders.

EST - who provide experience for City College Norwich's sports therapy department - put three members into the top five places, although David Nichols, riding for Chelmer Composite was first the individual home.

Amis Velo veteran Ben Paton led the charge away from the start, soon passed by EST's Shaun Aldous who led for the most of first lap, before team mate Michael Raven hit the front. However Nichols, having done a 4hour road ride the previous day getting fit for the forthcoming Belgian road season, soon asserted his dominance and had 1:10 in hand over Raven at the finish.

The course included some BMX berms, singletrack and grassland, some of it deceptively bumpy - EST's third counter Glenn Stanford took a tumble when wiping mud out of his eye on a rough stretch. An initially hard frosty surface became slippery in places under pressure of wheels.

Nichols' Chelmer Composite team took second place and an Ipswich Elite Vets team led by temporary import Phil Buick took third place ahead of Ipswich Seniors.

Above: Hugo Robinson (ipswich bc) winning the youth race + leading ipswich to the team win

Hugo Robinson, preparing for this weekends National championship, led a strictly Ipswich Bicycle Club team to the Youth win, ahead of "The A Team" of Alan Trolove, Sean Dunlea and Imogen Buick.

Altogether 132 riders took part, before gathering in the clubhouse for East Anglian Daily Times League prize presentation, where the awards list was headed by new league champion Andrew Nichols (Cambridge University CC).

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