Briggs bags second successive victory in cyclo-cross league

NOTTS and Derby Cyclo-Cross League round-up.
NOTTS and Derby Cyclo-Cross League round-up.

In-form Graham Briggs celebrated his second successive victory as the SRAM Notts and Derby Cyclo-Cross League continued with Round Four at Shipley Park in Heanor.

Briggs, who rides for JTL Codnor, took first place ahead of Madison Genesis rider Thomas Stewart and Nick Barnes, of Hargroves RT.

The junior men’s race was won by Josh Waters, of Sherwood Pines SRAM, who edged out Nottingham Clarion’s Kieren Howarth and Bailey Wilmot, of Derby Mercury.

The women’s race was lit up by battles between junior Madeleine Gammons (Sherwood Pines SRAM) and veteran Maddi Smith (Bolsover and District), with Gammon just prevailing. Third overall and second vet was Empella’s Tracey Fletcher, while the first senior woman was Wirksworth’s Elisa McDonagh, of Team WNT, ahead of second and third seniors Sarah Gell (Drighlington) and Fossa Racing’s Sarah Naylor.

In the veterans’ event, Jim Bryan, of Zepnat, made his intentions clear from the start, soon gapping his rivals and staying in front for the whole race to finish 40 seconds ahead of Retrobike’s Geoffrey Bettham and Bryan’s teammate, Dan Alexander.

Close-fought action was the order of the day in the youth races, with only seconds separating the top three riders for most of the U16 girls’ event. In the end, Ellie Smith, of Fossa Racing, pulled away from her rivals on the last lap to leave Leicestershire Road Club’s April Tacey second and Derby Mercury’s Xan Crees third.

Another battle in the U14 girls’ race led to Sarah Briggs pipping Matlock teammate Amelie Wayte, with Fossa Racing’s Libby Smith in third. And in the U14 boys’ event, Alec Gregory (Leicestershire Road Club) took the honours, in front of Emile Alexander (Lichfield City) and Finlay Pickering (Clifton).

in the U12s’ age group, Jessica Tiffney, of Derby Mercury, won the girls’ race, ahead of Matlock’s Annabel Parker and Bolsover and District’s Grace Fishleigh, while Christoper Hilbert, of Pines Cycle Felt Env, won the boys’ race, ahead of Sam Gould (Matlock) in second and Tom Scott (Sheffield Stars) in third.

Meanwhile Matlock rider John Johnstone produced a storming performance to finish ninth in the ever-popular Monsal Head hill-climb in front of a large crowd. The race was won by Joe Clark in a fast time of one minute, 20 seconds.