Tim Gould took a win and Sarah Briggs a fifth as local riders were in the thick of the action at the third round of the British Cycling National Trophy Series for Cyclocross in Durham on Sunday.
Following a full day of local racing in almost continuous rain on the Saturday the course mud was thick and sticky which made for a tough and challenging racing conditions, and the work of the pit crews was vital as bikes were being changed every half lap.
In the girls’ U14 race three local girls took to the start line.
Sarah Briggs (Matlock CC) rode a strong race and having managed to avoid an early crash found herself in third place early on.
As the race went on a combination of spills, including disappearing over the handlebars after an altercation with a wooden post, and some stronger riders coming back at her meant that her final position was fifth.
Amelie Wayte (Zepnat RT) was not as fortunate with the early crash and found herself at the bottom of the pile.
She demonstrated great determination and set off in pursuit of the other riders. Although experiencing an few more spills on the way she managed to doggedly climb her way back up to sixth by the finish line.
Libby Smith (Fossa Racing), in her first year in this category, put in a very good performance and enjoyed her day in the mud, finishing in ninth place which bodes very well for next season.
In the over 50s it was Wirksworth’s Tim Gould (Zepnat RT) who took his first win of the Series. With Series leader Chris Young missing the start, Gould made the most of his absence to take the win and the Series lead, but by his own admission he would have wanted Young in the race.
Phil Roach (Team Jewson) took second after taking an early lead but relinquishing it to Gould mid-race. Roach couldn’t then find the legs to get back on to Gould who gets quicker as the laps fall.