James and Kerfoot-Robson crowned champions at Welsh MTB Cross-country Championships

James and Kerfoot-Robson crowned champions at Welsh MTB Cross-country Championships

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Ffion James (100%ME) and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Team USN) crowned senior champions at the Welsh Mountain Bike Cross-country Championships at Fforest Fields, Builth Wells.

Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Team USN) and Ffion James (100%ME) were crowned senior champions at the 2016 Welsh Mountain Bike Cross-country Championships at Fforest Fields, Builth Wells on Sunday 8 May.

The Championships, promoted by The Bulls Cycling Club brought the best of Welsh mountain biking to Builth Wells. The tough and challenging course was made more difficult by the weather conditions, a mix of pre-race thundery showers and hot sunshine during the event.

The day before riders practised on a dry and totally rideable course but heavy overnight showers meant that, come Sunday morning, they were faced with wet tree roots and slick mud, that had them struggling for traction and sliding out, and which forced the closure of the A line on the Terrible Hollow descent for the morning races. A testing course had become even more so! Congratulations to all our new Welsh Champions and medallists but also to the many who conquered the conditions.

Clwyd-rider Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Team USN) comfortably retained his Senior Men’s title and Abergavenny’s Ffion James (100% ME) added Senior Women’s to her collection. Simon Price (Graham Weigh Racing) triumphed in the Junior Men’s race, adding to his 2015 Youth title.

Although looking strong, a puncture halfway through the race, put paid to Phil Morris’s hopes of regaining the Master Men’s title; a strong ride by local rider Dave Evans (Cycle-Tec) saw him secure this for 2016. Sarah Barnwell (Clwb Beicio Mynydd Dyffryn Conwy) took victory in the combined Master Women’s race.

Anthony Malarczyk looked to have the Veteran Men’s title in the bag but a fast final lap by Roy Davies saw Malarczyk overhauled and Davies snatch the honours. Ross Porter (Cwmcarn Paragon) claimed the Grand Veteran title after an early tussle with Martyn Hughes-Dowdle (Urban Cyclery).

Craig Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC) lived up to expectation and improved on his silver of 2015 in the Youth Boys race and hard work paid off for Katie Hesden (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons) as she won the Youth Girl’s race. Another impressive performance by club-mate Tim Freeman, that saw him mixing it with the Youth Boys, was rewarded with the Juvenile Boy’s title and Josie Nelson (M & D Cycles) overhauled Eluned King (Towy Riders) on the final lap to win in the Juvenile Girls.

Griff Lewis (Ystwyth CC) put in a determined performance to open up a commanding lead over Huw Buck-Jones (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons) and claim the Under 12 Boy’s title and Madeleine Osborn held off Freya Evans (The Bulls) to retain the Under 12 Girl’s title.

Alfie Davies and brother Finn (Cycle-Tec) and Anwen Nesham (Cardiff JIF) and Aelwen Davies (The Bulls) were winners in the Under 10 and Under 8 races respectively.

Thank you and well done goes to the host club The Bulls based in Builth Wells and everyone who helped to make the day a success; John Lloyd MBE, the team of volunteers and to all the riders who supported the event.

John Lloyd Racing Events will be promoting Round 4 of the British Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Series at Fforest Fields, Builth Wells  on 11th and 12th June 2016. If you want to get into mountain biking, contact The Bulls Cycling Club or find your local cycling club with Welsh Cycling.

Full results available here or downloads available here Race 1 | Race 2

2016 Welsh Mountain Bike Cross-country Champions

Senior Male
1 Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Team USN)
2 Jacob Phelps (TORQ)
3 Robert Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC)

Senior Female
1 Ffion James (100% ME)
2 Melanie Alexander
3 Ruby Miller (Hargroves Cycles)

Junior Male
1 Simon Price (Graham Weigh Racing)
2 Joe Barnwell (Marsh Tracks RT)
3 Tyler Brennan (The Bulls)

Masters Male
1 David Evans (Cycle-Tec)
2 Ken Evans (The Bulls)
3 Stephen Corbyn (KTM Imsport RT)

Masters Female
1 Sarah Barnwell (Clwb Beicio Mynydd Dyffryn Conwy)
2 Samantha Toop (Army Cycling RT)

Veteran Male
1 Roy Davies (Team Elite)
2 Anthony Malarczyk
3 Tim Davies (CC Abergavenny)

Grand Veteran Male
1 Ross Porter (Cwmcarn Paragon)
2 Martyn Hughes-Dowdle (Urban Cyclery)
3 Andrew Haines (Cwmcarn Paragon)

Youth Male
1 Craig Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC)
2 Joe Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC)
3 Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC)

Youth Female
1 Katie Hesden (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons)

Juvenile Male
1 Timothy Freeman (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons)
2 Scott Williams (Clwb Beicio Mynydd Dyffryn Conwy)
3 William Harding (Clwb Beicio Mynydd Dyffryn Conwy)

Juvenile Female
1 Josie Nelson (M & D Cycles)
2 Eluned King (Towy Riders)
3 Megan Jones (Towy Riders)

Under 12 Male
1 Griff Lewis (Ystwyth CC)
2 Huw Buck-Jones (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons)
3 Jack Hastings (Cardiff JIF)

Under 12 Female
1 Madeleine Osborn (Abergavenny RC)
2 Freya Evans (The Bulls)
3 Evelyn Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC)

Welsh MTB XC Series Round 3

Under 8 Male
1 Finn Davies (Cycle-Tec)
2 Zac Ridson (Abergavenny RC)
3 Tomos Jones (West Wales CRT)

Under 8 Female
1 Aelwen Davies (The Bulls)
2 Lowri Howie (Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons)
3 Flo Barstow (The Bulls)

Under 10 Male
1 Alfie Davies (Cycle Tec)
2 Oscar Davies (CC Abergavenny)
3 Cian Evans (The Bulls)

Under 10 Female
1 Anwen Nesham (Cardiff JIF)
2 Lois Jones (West Wales CRT)
3 Brianna King