Cross: Drake wins again in North West League

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Location: Marsh Tracks, Rhyl
Event: 13 November 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports


After his win in the previous day’s Geoff Bewley Memorial, Giles Drake (Team Elite) made it a double winning weekend with a victory in round 11 of the North West League at the Marsh Tracks in Rhyl on Sunday.

Drake won led Team Elite to a 1-2-3 in the race which used a circuit which had long stretches of road as well as the more usual grassland expected in cyclo-cross races.

Drake was at the front of the race virtually throughout alongside team-mate Paul Bethell, but Bethell suffered a set-back when his chain snapped with three laps to go and he had to run back to the pits to get a spare machine.

He managed to rejoin the race, but his chance of victory had gone with Drake putting the hammer down when he was left alone at the front to maximise the advantage.

Their team-mate Peter Wilbraham had also been involved in a long battle for superiority with Zepnat Racing Team’s Peter Middleton, but he edged ahead in the closing stages as his rival tired.

In other categories, Sean Beswick (Zepnat RT) was top over-40 just ahead of Manchester Wheelers’ Mick Style, while Ray Pugh (Liverpool Mercury was fastest in the 50-55 race and Abigail Armstrong was best woman.

Results:

Seniors:
1 Giles Drake (Team Elite) 1:02:00
2 Paul Bethell (Team Elite) @ 20sec
3 Peter Wilbraham (Team Elite) @ 1:00
4 Peter Middleton (Zepnat RT) @ 1:30
5 Alex McNichol (VC Moulin)

Over-40s:
1 Sean Beswick (Zepnat RT)
2 Mick Style (Manchester Wheelers)
3 Andrew Brindle (Horwich CC)
50-55s: Ray Pugh (Liverpool Mercury RC). 55-60s: Peter Watson (Horwich CC). Women: Abigail Armstrong.
Youth: Robert Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC). Under-12s: Charlie Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC).


British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.