Raven swoops for win

It was only his fourth-ever cyclo-cross, but Michael Raven put in a calm, confident performance to win the EADT League race on a windswept and sometimes wet day at Redgrave on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Fergus Muir

It was only his fourth-ever cyclo-cross, but Michael Raven put in a calm, confident performance to win the EADT League race on a windswept and sometimes wet day at Redgrave on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

The Extreme Sports Therapy rider established a lead of about a minute and held it to the finish, making good use of an out-and-back road section to keep an eye on possible challengers

The seniors faced the worst of the weather with driving rain hitting the course soon after the start. Richard Dunnett of the promoting Diss & District CC at first held onto second place, but was overhauled by Greg Simcock (XRT/Elmy Cycles) who is fast returning to fitness after four years largely out of the sport. Finally Guardian journalist Matt Seaton (Mosquito Bikes), a visitor from the London League, slipped past Simcock on the last lap to take second prize by two seconds.


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This year the Redgrave course featured a double run-up on a purpose-made earth hump as well as lots of hard riding on grass.

In the Veterans race David Fraser, who crashed out last week, made no mistake this time and won with 1:14 in hand over Paul Moss (Stowmarket & District). Moss in turn held off women's winner Nikki Juniper (PCA/Ciclos Uno) by just one second. Next up was Ipswich Bicycle Club's Robert Smith who took the 50+ prize, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Ipswich comeback man Tony Wilkins.

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With a strong and gusting wind the trickiest parts of the course were withdrawn from the Under 12s race, leaving a mainly grass circuit on which Tristan Price won the Under 12s race after rival James Jackson fell on the last lap and Sophie Holmes was able to overhaul Pierce Bacon (IBC) to take the Under 10 award for the Diss club.

A three way battle in the Youth race between early leader Patrick Cook, Ipswich BC clubmate Lewis Parker and Josh Hannan (EST) was resolved when Hannan eased clear to win by 27 seconds.

RESULTS - EADT League round 7, Redgrave November 14

Seniors, Juniors, Elite Veterans

1 Michael Raven (Extreme Sports Therapy) 8 laps in 46:26; 2 Matt Seaton 1st Elite Vet (Mosquito Blues) +1:38; 3 Greg Simcock (XRT/www.Elmycycles.co.uk) +1:40; 4 Richard Dunnett (Diss & District CC) +2:00; 5 Robert Hunt (API Metrow) +2:10; 6 Steven Halsall (VC Moulin) +2:26; 7 Thomas Stanford (Extreme Sports Therapy) +2:29; 8 Ben Paton Elite Vet (Amis Velo RT) +2:50; 9 Matthew Cook 1st Jun (API Metrow) +2:57; 10 Ian Newby Elite Vet (Diss & District CC) +3:08.

Veterans, Women

1 David Fraser Vet 6 laps in 40:49; 2 Paul Moss Vet (Stowmarket & District) +1:14; 3 Nikki Juniper 1st Woman (PCA Ciclos Uno) +1:15; 4 Robert Smith 1st Vet 50+ (Ipswich BC) +2:04; 5 Tony Wilkins Vet 50+ (Team Endura) +2:18.

Youth

1 Joshua Hannan (Extreme Sports Therapy) 6 laps in 35:50; 2 Lewis Parker (Ipswich BC) +0:27; 3 Patrick Cook (Ipswich BC) +0:54; 4 Sean Dunlea 1st U14 (PCA Ciclos Uno) +2:26; 5 James Jobber (Colchester Rovers) +1 lap -4:44.

Under 12

1 Tristan Price (PCA Ciclos Uno) 7 laps in 16:56; 2 James Jackson (Colchester Rovers) +0:22; 3 Elliot Jarvis (Colchester Rovers) +1:26; 4 Sophie Holmes 1st U10 (Diss & District CC) +1 lap +0:55; 5 Pierce Bacon U10 (Ipswich BC) +1 lap +1:31.

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