Woodhall Spa Cyclo Cross Report

(Written by Phil Galpin)

Bourne Wheelers cyclo-cross team were out in force again at the Boston Wheelers event in Woodhall Spa. The course here in a pine woodland with a large amount of single track and almost all rideable with an absence of cowpats makes this race one of the most popular in the league. The event is always on remembrance Sunday and always with a minutes silence at the start of the Senior race.

There were some new faces in the Bourne contingent and the type of course makes it a good one to start on. In the youth race the girls Jess Woodworth and Kelsey Benton finished 17th and 24th respectively where 27 finished. Max Williamson from the Lincsquad team won. In the U12 race there were no less than 6 entrants, which is a grand tribute to the efforts of Mark at the Go-ride sessions. Max Poole won from 34 finishers. Alex Galpin led the team home in 7th place beating some noteable opposition from the bigger Lincoln clubs. Next were Dan Galpin and Harry Garfield who had a good race long battle to finish 17th and 18th respectively. Charley Woodworth came in 24th and newcomers Penelope Lindsell and her brother Edward were 25th and 26th. When they finish and say they really enjoyed it you can be hopefull they’ll be out again soon.

In the senior event a field of 130 riders started which made for a frustrating first lap before the competitors settled into their rythmn. The familiar stationary queue at the first pinch point was a strange moment to endure in what is meant to be a race. Professional Graham Briggs, now riding for Rapha Condor, has competed in this race before and duly showed his class with a convincing victory over the best Lincolnshire could offer. Bourne had 5 riders out and first home was Bart Kieres in 15th place. Premek was 39th and Phil Galpin back in 67th with Steve Collins not far behind in 72nd. Mark Wren completed his first and hopefully not last cyclo-cross event in 97th place.

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