Neil Ellison (WDMBC-Beyond Mountain Bikes) used his mountain bike experience to good use at the fourth round of the Central League at Culham Park.
Ellison, aged 36 and from Watford, used a big climb which most riders had to run up to build an unassailable advantage, and as the rain came down on the muddy course he used his mountain bike skills to steer himself to victory.
Ellison commented after the race: “The course was very muddy and slippy and featured a big climb which I managed to ride every lap except one which gave me a winnable gap.
“As the rain came down the course became very slippery and the corners were very sandy.
“This cyclo-cross season I will be riding most of the Central League and some National Trophy rounds.”
Coming home second was 37-year-old Paul Lloyd, from Grove and in third place in the senior race was Philip Plofinfki.
In the veteran categories the winner of the 40-49 age group was Lewis King, from Abingdon which was his fifth win of the year.
Winner of the 50+ age group was Simon Tottle (Festival RC) for his first cyclo-cross victory of the year.
There were also wins for Cameron Woolsey (first junior), Sasha Quarrington (first junior girl) and Merce Pacios (first woman).
1 Neil Ellison (WDMBC Beyond Mountain Bikes/Specialized)
2 Paul Lloyd (unattached)
3 Philip Plofinfki (unattached)
4 Joe Hickerton (unattached)
5 Sean Downey (WDMBC Beyond Mountain Bikes/Specialized)
1 Lewis King (Beeline Bicycles RT)
2 Gavin Rumbles (CC Luton)
3 Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles)
1 Simon Tottle (Festival RC)
2 Sam Williamson (Hemel Hempstead CC)
3 Steve James (North Road CC)
Junior: Cameron Woolsey (Cycle Club Ashwell)
Junior girl: Sasha Quarrington (unattached)
Woman: Merce Pacios (unattached)
Under-16: Andrew Andison
Under-12: Joe Kiely
Under-12 girl: Anna Wadsworth
Under-10 boy: Jed Smithson
Under-10 girl: Amelia Cox
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