Cross: Shunburne wins Notts/Derby Lge R13

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Location: Draycott House Farm, Draycott, Derbyshire
Event: 21 January 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photos: Ray Stuart

Matlock CC’s Lee Shunburne won the penultimate round of the SRAM Notts and Derby League, staged by Long Eaton CC at Draycott House Farm in the village of Draycott in Derbyshire on Saturday.

Shunburne, who organised the last round on New Year’s Eve, showed he is a classy rider as well as a good organiser when he took the victory by 15 seconds from Ashfield Road Club rival Andy Naylor.

34 and from Ashover in Derbyshire, Shunburne’s last maximum points haul in the Notts and Derby League was in the opening round at Hilton Fields Farm in September, but even then he had to settle for second with Team Wiggle’s Lee Williams taking the win.

“It was good to get my first win,” said Shunburne afterwards. “It was a good day. I’ve not raced since just after Christmas, so I’ve had three weeks of solid training and I didn’t know really what my race legs would be like.

“The course was very exposed and open, so it was a very old school, hard man’s course. It was just a case of putting your head down and going for it, which is my technique in general.

“On the second lap there were six of us clear, but my back wheel came out and my chain came off which last me about 15 seconds.

“I dropped back, but once back on I went hard to get back on and caught them again after about two-thirds of a lap. I sat on for a bit to recover, then went again. I got 15 seconds over Andy [Naylor] but it just stuck at that, he didn’t let me out of his sight and I knew that I couldn’t afford another slip otherwise he would’ve been on me.”

Shunburne’s win gives his hopes of taking the title a big boost, and it looks set to go down to the final round in two weeks time at Darley Moor.

It is a three-rider race for the title between Shunburne, Chris Metcalfe (Charge Bikes) and Andy Naylor (Ashfield RC). But unless Metcalfe fails to finish or has a poor performance, he should have done enough to take the overall win.

The League is calculated using a rider’s best 11 performances from the 14 rounds, although the Midlands Championships (which all three top contenders rode) can also count as one of those 11 rides.


1 Lee Shunburne (Matlock CC) 6 laps in 51:29
2 Andy Naylor (Ashfield RC) @ 15sec
3 Andrew Stuart (TFN Tri Club) @ 58sec
4 Pete Middleton (Zepnat RT) @ 1:15
5 Rob Parkin (Buzz Cycles) @ 2:07
6 Rob Wimble (Zepnat RT) @ 3:15
7 Sean Beswick (Zepnat RT) @ 3:30
8 Matt Crouch (Derby Mercury RC) @ 3:36
9 Pete Harris (unattached) @ 3:50
10 Geoff Giddings (Zepnat RT) @ 4:00

Over-45s: Pete Middleton. Over-50s: Pete Harris. Under-23s: Lewis Tarnai-Wilson (Ashfield RC). Women: Dianne Lee (Zepnat RT). Over-55s: Dave Smith (Empella Over-60s: Mick McDermott (Heanor Clarion). Junior women: Keira McVitty (Buzz Cycles).

1 Tom Weeds (Derby Mercury RC) 4 laps in 24:36
2 Oliver Maywell (VC Rutland) @ 25sec
3 Arthur Green (Matlock CC) @ 46sec
4 Will Perrett (Heanor Clarion) @ 58sec
5 Oliver Peckover (Nottingham Clarion) @ 1:10
6 Callum McBrearey (Nottingham Clarion) @ 1:53
Under-14s: Oliver Peckover. Girls: Sarah Lomas (Matlock CC). Under-14 girls: Jess Willett (Heanor Clarion).

1 Oliver Snodden (Sherwood Pines) 8 laps in 13:11
2 George Swindell (Matlock CC) @ 18sec
3 Kerrigan Robb (Witham Wheelers) @ 25sec
4 John Webster (Matlock CC) @ 29sec
5 Tom Dussek (4 Life Tri) @ 36sec
6 Tim Elsmore-Martin (Matlock CC) @ 57sec

1 Ben Chilton (Derby Mercury RC) 6 laps in 8:18
2 Alex Coleston-Shields (Lichfield City CC) @ 40sec
3 Matthew Luscombe (Derby Mercury RC) @ 42sec
4 Josh Giddings (Heanor Clarion) @ 51sec
5 Libby Smith (Matlock CC) @ 1:15
6 Lucas Wolf-Pudney (4 Life Tri) @ 1:24
Girls: Libby Smith.

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.