Cook just short of claiming top spot
Cyclo Cross LeagueA NEW record was set for the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League when nearly 130 riders and their supporters descended on New Eccles Hall School for round six of the league.
Cyclo Cross League
A NEW record was set for the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League when nearly 130 riders and their supporters descended on New Eccles Hall School for round six of the league.
Ninety riders started the main event and there was a good tally of 19 youth riders and nearly as many in the under-12 group. It was the top to
Youth section leader Luke Newby also had his race drama; not only losing his foot out of a pedal at the start, which left him almost at the back of the pack, but also a bad knee-wrenching early fall to put him off.
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Matthew Cook from Mildenhall CC led the 14-year-old Diss CC rider for most of their race, but the Garboldisham lad had a tremendous burst of speed on the last lap and out sprinted Matthew for the chequered flag.
At the other end of the age scale, leading veteran Mark Farrow (API/Metrow) had a good day, fighting off Nick Ainsworth (Fat Birds) to take fourth place in the main race, ending only two seconds behind third place rider Ian Newby from Diss.
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Nick eventually ran out of steam - “nothing in my legs” - and into stinging nettles trying to overtake slower riders.
Team Flow youngsters Jack and Lucy Emerson had their first experience of cyclo-cross in the under-12 event, while veteran father Richard (Team Flow/West Suffolk Wheelers) finished 51st in the main race.