'Cross: Lloyd Takes Winter League Lead

'Cross: Lloyd Takes Winter League Lead

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Location: Supermarine Rugby Club, Swindon
Event: 20 September 2011
Report: Dan Smith

Round 3 of GWR Team Floodlit Winter Cross League saw 45 riders signing on for what was to be a very wet and muddy race at Supermarine Rugby Club on a course which saw a change to the start and finish line, with a new section created in the top woods to further extend the lap.

With seven events of the ten race series counting for the overall prize of a holiday to Joyriders in Spain, it is still very tight at the top of the table with the top three leading riders separated by just 12 points. The new start position allowed for a long grassy sprint into some turns near the club house. From the gun it was series leader Dan Lewis, Paul Lloyd, Harvey Lowe and Dan Smith forcing the pace, in very slippery conditions.

Lewis and Lloyd gained a gap on lap two along with George Bate who had moved up to assume the lead, from a chasing group. Behind there were many positional changes as riders struggled with the changing conditions, as the circuit became very slippery late on. Bate held the lead until lap four, when Lewis made his bid for victory, unfortunately he was to suffer from a fall on lap eight and Lloyd took advantage pressing home for his first win of the series.

Paul Lloyd now leads the series with two points separating the leading two and only 20 points separating the top five riders.

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