Hope Factory racing’s Jack Clarkson took victory in the last round of the Pedalsport Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross summer series held at Newsome High School, near Huddersfield.
With a warm evening sun beating down on a largely dry course, racing was fast from the start and soon into the first lap a leading group of three had formed comprising of Ian Taylor, Jack Clarkson and Billy Harding.
They were briefly joined by Rob Watson, but he was unable to keep with theme and had lost about thirty seconds to the leaders when he had to retire with a mechanical.
Clarkson and Taylor tried to distance Harding but could never take more then a few seconds before he came back to them but coming up to the last lap the pair put in an effort and took an eight second gap which Harding could not recover from, eventually finishing 23 seconds adrift.
This left Clarkson and Taylor to fight it out for the win and as we waited at the top of the long drag uphill to the finish it was Clarkson who crested the hill first to take the win. Further down the race Barnes and Maudsley were holding forth and fifth for the first half of the race but Smith was coming through and had taken forth with two laps to go, Barnes had dropped back to Peace and Hick but managed to hold on for sixth.
The overall series title went right down to the line, with Seth Smith and Andy Peace both finishing on 578 points, with Smith clinching it on the rule that ties are decided by the better performance in the final round. Full details of the series standing to be published on www.yorkshirecyclocross.org.uk over the weekend.
1 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing 44.24
2 Ian Taylor Craven Energy @ 1s
3 Billy Harding Paul Milnes @ 23s
4 Seth Smith Paul Milnes
5 Simon Maudsley RVO Racing
6 Nick Barnes Zepnat
7 Andy Peace SIS
8 John Hick Holme Valley Wheelers
9 Chris Taylor Pedalsport
10 Tom Randall Rock Racing
1 Victoria Wilkinson UA
2 Nikola Butler Pedalsport
3 Alison Kinlock IIkley CC
In the under 14 race Thomas Mein took control from the start with apparent ease and it was left to Jensen Young and Matt Taylor to battle it out for second which Young took, clinching the series in the process. Thomas Nelson was on his own in fourth and the older Young, Simeon, had a battle with three other riders to take fifth. Ava Oxley was the first female rider home.
1 Thomas Mein MTS Sport
2 Jenson Young Pedalsport
3 Matt Taylor Pedalsport
4 Thomas Nelson Pedalsport
5 Simeon Young Pedalsport
1 Ava Oxley Wakefield Junior Tri
The end of series prize evening will be Friday 31 August. The venue will be Elland Cricket Club, home of series sponsors, Pedalsport. The night will cost £10 per head and will include pie and peas supper and an exciting “casino evening”, compared as usual by the penguin-suited duo, Fred Rothwell and Andy Whitworth. More details soon!