Tavistock Cyclocross - #4

A last-minute change of venue meant for a very flat fast course with just a couple of interesting features. Fortunately, the 16 hours of persistent rain prior to the event livened things up a little. With very slippery muddy conditions and two visits to the sandpit each lap everyone had a great time.

Rider comments

I really enjoyed the course, it always makes things interesting when it gets really muddy and slippery, conditions I always seem to do well in. I had a good start and the legs felt really good. Myself and Rich Long were having a great battle switching back and forth, until he had a mechanical around 30 minutes in. Then it was just a case of holding on to the finish.

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Photo:Dave Carroll

After starting well back on the grid, I made good progress on the first lap, running instead of riding here and there to nip round people on the inside. Two riders were a little off the front of the bunch by the time I got there but I managed to overhaul them by the end of the lap.
The course cut-up more and more as the laps went by. Although it was all just about rideable, many of the muddy sections were faster to run. Indeed, by the final few laps I was running perhaps 100 metres over the barriers and along the  finishing straight. This also helped reduce the mud build-up on the bike.
My wife Jen and I usually pit for each other but, with the men’s and women’s event combined, this was down to our eight and nine year old boys Charlie and Douglas. Without any washing equipment, and with us each changing every lap, they did exceptionally well (with a bit of help with the bike catching from some of the locals). We were also sharing our mud tyres between us so every other lap was a bit sketchy on the bends.
The South West League is a little different to our usual Wessex territory, with a cosy atmosphere and also an interesting soundtrack to the race. It seemed rather surreal running through mud to Dire Straights. It was a pity not to be racing at Tavistock but the new course was great. 

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Photo:Dave Carroll‎

Setting off in the field with the men made for an exciting start and I found myself away in front of the other women early on, but Catherine soon caught me and the battle for the win continued right through to the final few turns. When she came by me it soon became clear that we were very evenly matched on the day and it came down, in the end, to who stayed upright the most.  I got a small gap when Catherine slid before the barriers just before the two laps to go board, and managed to maintain it before making a final big push on the muddy straight after the spiral, feeling sure Alex was approaching fast and that would be our last lap.  Luckily it was, and after a nervous last few bends I just made it over the line in first.

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Pos Last Name First Name Club Gender
1 FORRESTER Alexander www.Zepnat.com RT - Lazer helmets Men
2 DAVIES Steven Hargroves-Ridley-Montezumas Men
3 ADAMS Lee Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery Men
4 BLIGHT Nick Scuderia RT Men
5 COLLINGS Philip Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery Men
6 LONG Richard Rockin Bikes Men
7 FURNISS James www.Zepnat.com RT - Lazer helmets Men
8 NOWAK Jacek Men
9 HAYWARD Lee Southfork Racing.co.uk Men
10 ARMSTRONG George Taw Velo Men
11 DAVIES Tristan Clive Mitchell Cycles Men
12 DURANT Marcus Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain Men
13 GREGORY Jonathan Men
14 CHAPMAN James Clive Mitchell Cycles Men
15 BOVEY James Greenover Men
16 FARRER Ben Complete cycle works Men
17 JENKINS Antony Mid Devon CC Men
18 PICKERING Stuart Unknown Men
19 EVANS Tom Cycle Sport South Hams Men
20 BURNHAM Rob Unknown Men
21 ROBERTS Graham Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery Men
22 SMITH Martin Mid Devon CC Men
23 WATERJOHNS Michael Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain Men
24 TAYLOR Richard Exeter Wheelers Men
25 HUTCHINS Will Kernow Riders Men
26 TUPMAN Matt Holsworthy Peloton Men
27 ARMSTRONG Darren Taw Velo Men
28 BRERETON Stuart Newquay Velos Men
29 COWSILL Bobby Cycle Sport South Hams Men
30 REDMORE Matt Men
31 HUDSON Mark Kernow Riders Men
32 PRIEST josh Unknown Men
33 HEWIS Matthew Unknown Men
34 SANDLAND Elbry Men
35 HOUSE Richard Kernow Riders Men
36 FORRESTER Jennifer www.Zepnat.com RT - Lazer helmets Women
37 KILBURN Catherine Mid Devon CC Women
38 PRUST Adrian Scuderia RT Men
39 BROOM Paul Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain Men
40 MURPHY Daniel 0 Men
41 MURDISON Duncan Mid Cornwall Cycling Club Men
42 COX Gregory 0 Men
43 HEARDMAN Giles YOGi Cycling Men
44 SOFFE Will Men
45 GAZELEY Adam Taw Velo Men
46 HARMES mark Unknown Men
47 WEBBER Gary Taw Velo Men
48 CAMPS Matthew Bridport CC Men
49 BRISTOW Phil Unknown Men
50 HANCOCK William Men
51 YOUNG Lester Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com Men
52 SLOUGH chris Dialled In Bikes Men
53 WILLIAMS Denzil Kernow Riders Men
54 TOMKINS Harry Bridport CC Men
55 WHITEHOUSE Steve Kernow Riders Men
56 DEAKIN Mark Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain Men
57 FLETCHER Kath Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery Women
58 DOWN Hayley Women
59 HEMENS Ian 0 Men
60 FAGG Daniel Unknown Men
61 ROBINSON Iain Plymouth Corinthian CC Men
62 MORRIS Andy Men
63 HORNBY William Cycle Sport South Hams Men
64 BYRON Mark Sowson Men
65 CORNWELL Rebecca Taw Velo Women
66 FELL Heather Women
67 MURPHY Jenna Women
68 QUANT Nicky Mid Devon CC Women
69 HURRELL David Plymouth Corinthian CC Men
70 SPRIGGS Guy Taw Velo Men
DNF BALWIN Jim YOGi Cycling Men
DNF LORD Tex Unknown Men
DNF PEDLEY Adam Mid Cornwall Cycling Club Men
DNF GRISTY Nathan 0 Men
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