Stover School Cross/South West Champs/South West Cyclo-Cross League Round 5
Location: Stover, Newton Abbot
Event: 20 October 2013
Report: Ben Goddard/Snowdon Sports
Dexter Hurlock (Mondraker UK) took a fine solo victory by more than four minutes in the South West Championships which was also round five of the South West Cyclo-Cross League.
Stover School played host to the event which was played out on their school grounds which led to a fairly flat course which although muddy led to some fast racing.
Mountain bike expert Hurlock, aged 23 and from Saltash, took control of the race from the outset and never looked back to take the title by a clear four minute margin.
Speaking after the race Hurlock said: “I got a bad start as my foot slipped so found myself five or six riders back.
“Due to the mud flicking up into my eyes I wanted to ride it from the front so worked hard to get there.
“Once at the front I was able to set my own tempo and my mountain bike background seemed to work well for me as I built up a big lead.
“I am using cyclo-cross as training for next season’s mountain bike races so I will just ride local events.”
This is Hurlock’s second cyclo-cross victory of the season after also winning the Bodmin Cyclo-Cross in September to add to his eight mountain bike victories this season.
Coming home to take second place was Tim Carpenter (3 Sixty Performance RT), in third place was Pete Dawes and first female home was 17-year-old Lucy Allan (Fully Sussed).
In the youth race Harry Birchill (Mid Devon CC) was victorious and in the novice female race Heather Fell was the winner.
Seniors/Juniors/Veterans and Women
1 Dexter Hurlock (Mondraker UK)
2 Tim Carpenter (3 Sixty Performance RT)
3 Pete Dawes (unattached)
4 Stuart Pickering (Cyclelogic)
5 James Davey (Mid Devon CC)
6 James Bovey (Mid Devon CC)
7 Brendan Murphy (Mondraker UK)
8 Matthew Noble (Plymouth CX)
9 Robin Delve (Mid Devon CC)
10 Max Suttie (unattached)
Women: Lucy Allan (Fully Sussed)
1 Harry Bichill (Mid Devon CC)
2 Max Hinds (1st Chard Whls)
3 Ryan Dunn (Cycle Sport Dynamo)
Novice women: Heather Fell (unattached)
Under-12s: Freddy Birchill (Mid Devon CC)
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