Round two of the Wessex Cyclocross league organised by Newbury Road Club at Mary Hare school in Newbury has given us some of the toughest courses over the last 3 years. Last weekend it got even tougher as the route up the big hill behind the campus was extended into the woods above, meaning even more climbing. Jez Hart and Phil Connell in the v40s, spent the race swapping lead position in their group. Jez would get a gap up the hill and Phil would descend like a demon and catch up. Phil timed his attack to perfection on the last lap before the last ascent and got a small gap that he kept to the finish. Out of 85 starters, Phil was 26th, Jez just behind in 28th… It’s going to be a tightly fought season!

In the vets 50/Womens race John Phillips came 37th out of 77 starters. For the seniors, we had Neils Langhout, Darren Sell, David Baxter and newcomer, Matteo Ichino doing battle. Dave started strongly with Matteo, followed by Neils and Darren. Dave finished 29th, Matteo 31st, Neils 38th and darren 42nd from 55 starters.

No big hill for the under 12s but the field of riders was enormous with 73 youngsters – George and Ella Connell racing for Sotonia. George 55th and Ella 68th. So, another really well organised, fun Wessex Cyclocross event by Newbury Road Club.

Thanks to Alan Collins and John Philips for their photos.

Full results can be found here

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