Cross: Davies charges to victory in Wellington

Cross: Davies charges to victory in Wellington

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Taunton Vale Cross/South West Cyclo-Cross League Round 2
Location: Wellington, Somerset
Event: 15 September 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photo: Andy Whitehouse

Steve Davies (Hargroves Cycles) showed he will be a force to be reckoned with again this season by taking his second victory of the season in round two of the South West League in Wellington.

The hard ground and freshly cut grass set the scene for a very fast and furious days racing.

For the main race the course was one for the riders who knew how to race in a pack and to use people as shield from the wind.

A fairly high paced, open course that started off dry, but turned into a slippery 'corner fest' near the end as the weather turned for the worse.

This made for exciting and entertaining racing through the technical twisty off camber sections.

Davies, 53 and from Bideford, used his years of experience to great effect winning ahead of

Sherborne’s Kamden Reedy who claimed second some 30 seconds behind.

Exeter rider James Davey had a great ride in his first year as a senior rider to claim third place.

Newly formed Plymouth CX RT had a large showing of riders and took the first women prize with Amy Gallache.

The under-12s race kicked off the day’s proceedings with Freddie Birchill (MDCC) winning overall.

Honours for the under-10s race were taken by Jack Webb (1st Chard Wheelers) and for the U8s it was Edward Ayres (Alltrax).

The Youth Race was dominated by a battle between the top under-14 and under-16 riders with the younger Harry Birchill beating Charlie Meredith (both MDCC club members) to the line.


1 Steve Davies Hargrove Cycles Veteran

2 Kamden Reedy Team Diabetes UK Senior

3 James Davey MDCC Senior

4 Alistar Lovell Royal Navy Senior

5 Tim Carpenter 3Sixty Performance Veteran

6 Mathew Noble Plymouth Senior

7 Matt Loake South Fork Racing Senior

8 James Bovey MDCC Veteran

9 Alex Dawson Plymouth Senior

10 Andrew Parker MDCC Veteran

11 Steven Holmes Plymouth Senior

12 Alan Vicary Somerset Road Club Veteran

13 Marcuc Durant Unattached Veteran

14 Richard Taylor Exeter Wheelers Veteran

15 Martin Lenney Penzance Wheelers Senior

16 Ben Farrer Certini Senior

17 Carl Austin EliteVelo Senior

18 John Morse VeloCake Veteran

19 Lee Bradley Unattached Veteran

20 Alan Drury MDCC Veteran

21 Graham Roberts Tavistock Wheelers Road CC Senior

22 Mike Mulroy VeloCake Veteran

23 Wayne Hitchcott Somerset Road Club Veteran

24 Vin Cox Empella Senior

25 Stephen Hodge Mondraker UK Senior

26 Simon Philips Unattached Veteran

27 Steve Hodgson South Devon Velo Senior

28 Philip Collings Tavistock Wheelers Road CC Senior

29 Alan Sanders CSSH Senior

30 Brian Bullen 3Sixty Performance Veteran

31 Charlie McFadzean CS Dynamo Junior

32 Chris Mahn 3Sixty Performance Veteran

33 Charles Hough Bike Cellar Junior

34 David Hamilton Hammer Sports Veteran

35 Nick Lumb Exeter Wheelers Veteran

36 Gavin Richards 1st Chard Wheelers Senior

37 Mark Berand Weston Wheelers Veteran

38 Neil Ayres Alltrax Cycling Club Senior

39 William Amery Plymouth Senior

40 Ian Warren VeloCake Veteran

41 Amy Gallacher Plymouth Women

42 Andy Collins MDCC Veteran

43 Angela Pike Plymouth Women

44 Tom Woodman Exeter Wheelers Veteran

45 Andy Gowan Unattached Senior

46 Conal Lo-Grier Portsmouth North End CC Veteran

47 Josh Priest Unattached Senior

48 Andrew Kearsey Unattached Senior

49 Jason Jones 1st Chard Wheelers Veteran

50 Julian Guy Sid Valley Veteran

51 Alison Hooper MDCC Women

52 Dave Poole Somerset Road Club Veteran

53 Fiona Verney Exeter Wheelers Women

54 Lester Young Empella Veteran

55 Pete O'Malley Unattached Veteran

56 Elaine Mason MDCC Women

57 Martha Beacham 1st Chard Wheelers Women

58 John Hinds 1st Chard Wheelers Veteran

59 Hannah Devine-Wright KJCC Women

60 Jody George BCTTT Senior


1 Harry Birchill MDCC U14 0h 30m 49s

2 Charlie Meredith MDCC U16 +0h 0m 17s

3 Max Hinds 1st Chard Wheelers U14 +0h 3m 50s

4 Joseph West 1st Chard Wheelers U14 +0h 3m 52s

5 Ryan Dunn CS Dynamo U16 +0h 5m 34s

6 Evie Lane Fully Sussed U16 +0h 7m 3s

7 Ross Pratt MDCC U14 +1 lap + 0h 9m 24s

8 Oscar Devine-Wright CS Dynamo U14 +1 lap + 0h 14m 12s

9 Joe Glancy Taunton Bike Club U14 +1 lap + 0h 15m 36s

10 Charlotte Budgen CSSH U14 +2 laps + 0h 15m 34s

11 Joey Rogers 1st Chard Wheelers U14 +2 laps + 0h 17m 57s


1 Freddy Brichill MDCC U12

2 Evan Richards 1st Chard Wheelers U12

3 Keiran Collins MDCC U12

4 Ethan Jones 1st Chard Wheelers U12

5 Ruby Faun MDCC U12

6 Jack Webb 1st Chard Wheelers U10

7 Oscar Glancy Taunton Bke Club U12

8 Sol Drury MDCC U10

9 Henry Howells CSSH U10

10 Felix Faun MDCC U12

11 Max Taylor 1st Chard Wheelers U10

12 Oscar West 1st Chard Wheelers U10

13 Samuel Brownhill Taunton Bike Club U10

14 Monty Coate Taunton Bike Club U10

15 Edward Ayres Alltrax U8

16 George Thomas BCTTT U8

17 William Howells CSSH U8

18 Oliver Jones 1st Chard Wheelers U8

19 Imogen Jones 1st Chard Wheelers U10

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