Pedalsport Summer Series Round 1
Location: Oakbank School, Oakworth Road, Keighley
Event: 2 May 2012 | Report & Images: Clare Crabtree
Ian Taylor cruised to victory at the first race of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer Series held at Oakbank School in Keighley.
With the recent bad weather the course was heavy making it tough riding. John Hopkinson lead out the start but Taylor was quickly moving up through the field and by the end of the first lap had a ten second lead over a chasing trio of John Hopkinson, Ed McParland and James Thompson.
Talyor’s lead increased every lap and even with a bike change finished with more than a two minute lead. Behind him McParland and Hopkinson were together for the majority of the race Thompson was unable to keep with them riding on his own in fourth, Nick Barnes was holding fifth place but after a fall fell back out of the top ten and Chris Taylor slowly moved up the field from eighth on the first lap to finish in fifth.
In the under 14 race Jamie Ridehalgh had a strong start taking a big gap straight from the start with a trio of Pedalsport riders trying to chase him down but it was Jenson Young that bridged the gap in the third lap and they stayed together till the finishing straight on the last lap with Young being the stronger of the two.
1. Jenson Young Pedalsport
2. Jamie Ridehalgh Airevalley Chemicals
3. Matt Taylor Pedalsport
4. Max Rushby Pedalsport
First girl - Ava Oxley Wakefield Junior Tri
1. Ian Taylor Craven Energy 44.29
2. Ed McParland GT Racing 2.41
3. John Hopkinson AireValley Cycles
4. James Thompson Hope Factory Racing
5. Chris Taylor Pedalsport
6. Mike Young Pedalsport
7. Billy Harding Paul Milnes First Junior
8. Seth Smith Paul Milnes
9. Graeme Bird UN
10. Ben Cooper Hargreaves Cycles
First lady - Kirsty Forrester UN
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.