Cross: Fletcher wins first round of Yorkshire Points

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Location: Home Farm, Tong Village, Bradford
Event: 1 September 2013
Report: Clare Crabtree/Snowdon Sports
Photos: Clare Crabtree


Former British under-23 mountain bike champion David Fletcher cruised to victory in the first round of the Yorkshire Points in Bradford on Sunday, crossing the line two minutes ahead of Orange Monkey team mate Billy Harding.

The pace was electric from the very first lap with five riders getting away and opening up a 17 second lead.

Fletcher didn’t let up the furious pace and he kept increasing the gap with each lap that passed. By the end of the race he had lapped everyone up to eighth.

Ian Taylor (Jedi Cycle Sport) had already ridden in and won the veterans race but was faring well. He managed to keep pace with Fletcher for much of the race but eventually tired and fell away to fight for second place with Harding.

The final part of the race took in some bunny hops and whilst Taylor decided to dismount to negotiate them, Harding stayed on his bike and this saw the Bradford man get the advantage over the veteran.

But Taylor still did well to get a podium finish having already competed in the veterans race, which he won with ease. After a strong summer season which saw him win the summer series, Taylor has picked up where he left off.

From the start, it was Taylor and team mate Noel Clough who got away early, opening up a 20 second lead.

But halfway through the race, Clough’s chain came off and put an end to his challenge, with him eventually finishing down in sixth. Chris Young (Pedalsport Cycling Club) was second and in third it was Andrew Peace (Jedi Cycle Sport).

Results:

Senior:
1 David Fletcher (Orange Monkey) 59:37.5
2 Billy Harding (Orange Monkey)
3 Ian Taylor (Jedi Cycle Sport)
4 Nick Barnes (Zepnat RT)
5 Dieter Droga (Scott)
6 Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Marsh Track RT)
7 Robert Watson (Paul Milnes)
8 Tom Hooper (Private Member)
9 Scott Easter (FELT)
10 Ben Cooper (Batley Cycling Club)

First junior:
Billy Harding

Veterans/women:
1 Ian Taylor (Jedi Cycle Sport) 48:09.2
2 Chris Young (Pedalsport Cycling Club)
3 Andrew Peace (Jedi Cycle Sport)
4 Chris Taylor (Pedalsport Cycling Club)
5 Mike Young (Pedalsport Cycling Club)
6 Noel Clough (Jedi Cycle Sport)
7 Matt Denby
8 Richard Binks (Clay Cross Road Team)
9 Stephen Macina (JD Cycles)
10 Stuart Minnikin (Unattached)

Women:

1 Marie Jackson (Paul Milnes)
2 Hannah Saville (Norton Wheelers)


Under-12:
 1 Louis Cook Holme Valley Wheelers
 2 Benjamin Peatfield BHW
 3 Marcus Hiley Pedalsport
 4 Evan Ward NYP-TRI
 5 Nathan Page East Bradford CC
 6 Morgan Mirzaali Bronte Wheelers
 7 Joe Sarmiento Harrogate Nova
 8 Luke Middlemiss JD Cycles
 9 Matthew Homa Clifton CC
 10 Joe Thorpe Manchester BMX
 11 Adam Bailey Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 12 Jamie Asquith East Bradford CC
 13 Amber Hull
 14 Shannon Hawthorne
 15 Norris Bronte Wheelers
 16 Kayleigh Wells Yorkshire Velo
 17 Olivia Ingham Pedalsport
 18 Chloe Hinchliffe Wakefield Tri
 19 Toby Seaman
 20 Rory Simkins
 21 Ella Hampson Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 22 Elicia Borddey
 23 Lily Young Bronte Wheelers
 24 Laura Ibbotson Huddersfield Star Wheelers

Under-10:

 1 Toby Kershaw Pedalsport
 2 Martin Smithe Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 3 Luca Longo Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 4 Oliver Akers Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 5 Sammy Mius York Cycle Works
 6 Oliver Windrum York Cycle Works
 7 Holly Deavin Pedalsport
 8 Matt Warriner Pedalsport
 9 Anna Kippen Leeds Mercury
 10 Astrid Hiley Pedalsport
 11 Sally Asquith East Bradford CC
 12 Daniel Bentley East Bradford CC
 13 Amos Dukes Huddersfield Star Wheelers

Under-8:
 1 Imogen Peatfield Bolton Hotwheels
 2 Milo Hull
 3 Ephraim Ashworth Cyclesport Pendle
 4 Dan Deavin Pedalsport
 5 Kate Shaw Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 6 Harry fox East Bradford CC
 7 Freya Ward
 8 Megan Wilkinson
 9 James Homa Clifton CC
 10 Ben Warriner Pedalsport
 11 Ben O’Halloran Dirtwheels
 12 Jack Edwards Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 13 Amelia Walton Pedalsport
 14 Ewen Wilkinson
 15 Hannah Shaw Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 16 Olivia Fox East Bradford CC
 17 Jamie Milsom Calder Clarion
 18 William Varley
 19 Laura Asquith East Bradford CC
 20 Samuel cooper Huddersfield Star Wheelers
 21 Jacob Mcquillan Dirtwheels
 22 Ava Ashworth Cyclesport Pendle


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