Cross: Booth wins R2 of the West Midlands League

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Location: Shrewsbury Sports Village
Event: 23 September 2012
Report: Jacob James

From gun to flag, Dan Booth (Hope Factory Racing) showed some impressive strength and technical ability to ride away from the field and take an emphatic win in the second round of the Waldrons Solicitors West Midlands League at Shrewsbury on Sunday.

He later commented on his summer season, riding some rounds of the prestigious Tour Series to help him gain some of the top end speed that is crucial for cyclo-cross!

The charge from behind was headed by U23 rider Joe Fox (Rapha Condor Cycle Club), Tom Payton (Isla Bikes) and Neil Hayward (Unattached). Joe later had a mechanical and had to work his way back into the mix, unfortunately lower down than he would have liked.

Tom Payton, who is coming back into form after a long period off the bike with medical issues, then charged home for second. Third senior went to Neil Hayward, looking to do well this cyclo-cross season after a season with TORQ Performance on the MTB side of things.

However, Darren Atkins was technically third over the line, after showing strong form to dominate most of the seniors to take first Vet 40+.

The woman’s race was again won by somebody with great strength and technique. Louise Robinson (Isla Bikes) rode impeccably to take the honours in the woman’s field. Louise has dominated cyclo-cross in previous years and it looks like there is no stopping the National Vet Champion in doing so this year.


Senior Male
1 Dan Booth
2 Tom Payton
3 Darren Atkins
4 Neil Haywood
5 Stephen Knight
6 Scott O'Neill-Gwilliams
7 Andrew Tamplin
8 Phil Blacker
9 Tim Goodall
10 Gary Howard

Junior Ladies and Vet 50+

1 Preslav Dimitrov
2 Mick Davies
3 Peter Harris
4 Andy Webb
5 Tim Stowe
6 Kevin Payton
7 Mike Welburn
8 John Rice
9 Louise Robinson
10 Victor Barnett

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