Talybont-on-Usk test stretches riders at Round 10 of Welsh Cyclocross League

Talybont-on-Usk test stretches riders at Round 10 of Welsh Cyclocross League

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Talybont test stretches riders at Round 10

As we approach the final stretch of ‘Cross League it’s evident that riders have progressed and developed their skills and abilities through each stage, this round was no different offering yet another challenging course to test skills.

Thank You to our Race Reporter

Round 10’s race report comes from Simon Nurse who has taken off his commissaires bib to report from the saddle.

“Round 10 brought the Welsh League back to East Wales as we edge closer to the Welsh Championships and the season’s conclusion at Pembrey (16th December).  

Hosted by Gilestone Farm and organised by the team behind Filthy Cross, event organiser Jon Moyle and course designer Lyn Lines delivered a challenging course that balanced tricky technical riding with sections of hard graft.

In the U16 boys, George Marshall (Cardiff JIF) turned in a strong performance to take the win, with Abergavenny’s Finley George and Sam Holwill of Hafren completing the podium line up. In the U16 girls, Shannon Haird of West Wales Racing took the top step.

Emyr Truelove turned in a performance just as dominant as his brother, taking the win in the U14 boys ahead of Maindy Flyers riders Rhys Thomas and Sam Fisher.  In the U14 girls, Bethany Bennett (Precision nutrition) held off the challenge of Anwen Nesham (Cardiff Jif) with Imogen Morris of Gower Riders just 2 seconds behind taking 3rd place.

Truelove back to commanding performance

The senior race was again won by a commanding performance from Abergavenny RC Junior William Truelove - who took both the Junior and overall win - chased hard by Lee Williams (Orbea Factory Racing).  By the end of the race Williams had reduced the lead to a mere 11 seconds, but Truelove always seemed to have timed his effort perfectly. Chris Roberts (Hafren) and Ben Knott took 2nd and 3rd in the senior men respectively.

The ladies race was dominated by a returning Clare Hoskins (Cardiff JIF) winning from local rider Julia Thomas (Abergavenny RC), who enjoyed a tight tustle with Katie Hesden of Cycle Tec Racing 2nd and 3rd. It was also great to see Welsh Track Champ Rachel James enjoy a local ‘cross event and hope we get to see Rachel again next week.

Abergavenny RC Riders remained dominant in Round 10

The Vet 40 race was won comfortably by Matt Lewis (Abergavenny RC) who exploited the technical nature of the course with its tight rising sections and sweeping grassy turns. Jason Killiner of Pontypool RC made up for a poor start off the grid to take 2nd from Chris Ames (unattached).

Mark James (Team Jewson) and Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) continued their season long battle in the V50s with James moving into a winning position right at the death as Jeremiah briefly slipped and crashed out.  With Jeremiah, James and the absent Tim Davies (in action at the National Trophy), the margins have been very tight in the V50 category all season making for some excellent close quarter action. Grant Johnson completed the V50 podium.

Round 10 - 25th November - Talybont On Usk


Youth Boys & Girls & Novice Women

Women & Vets

Junior & Senior Men

U6 to U12 Kids

Thank You all round

 As ever, huge thanks to the organising team, marshals and commissaires. A special mention should go to Jon and Lyn for delivering such an interesting and taxing course in a very compact space. It shows what can be achieved through experience and imagination.

Next weekend, CX moves 10 miles up the road to neighbouring Abergavenny RC for the Welsh Champs.

Good luck all”.