September has seen Wycombe riders competing in the first three rounds of the Central Cyclo-cross league.
Round 1, at the Milton Keynes bowl saw a good number of High Wycombe riders enjoying the unseasonable heat and testing their cx fitness. First up this year is the Vet 50 race where we always have good representation. Jeff Roberts was leading the Wycombe charge until a puncture put paid to his race. Jonathon Chadwick started his season in style coming in next in 27th place, followed by Chris Ford (33rd), Phil Porteous (39) ,Toby Ingham (70th) and Cipo. Jon Atwood placed 63rd in the Vet 40. For the ladies Dena Ford took a 2nd place in the Vet 50s, followed by Caroline Goodman in 4th. In the Vet 40s, Ana Legin made her debut with a 13th.
Round 2 took the league to Bedfont Lakes where the Ladies managed to race in the only torrential rain of the day. Undeterred, Wycombe claimed their first double podium with Caroline Goodman (1st) and Dena Ford (2nd). Ana Legin took 8th in her category. The Vet 50 mens race gave Jeff Roberts a superb podium 5th place making this Wycombe’s most successful cx race to date. He was followed by Jonathon Chadwick who claimed an excellent 14th. Jon Atwood recovered from a spectacular crash to take 50th in the Vet 40s.
Round 3 went back to Milton Keynes, but this time to Campbell Park, the UK’s only CX world cup venue. The organisers aimed to get a field of over 100 women for the first time and comfortably exceeded this target with a huge field of 163! With rain during the week, and the massive entry, there was some trepidation as to whether this would be a race or a bit of a gimmick. It turned out to be a bit of both. Caroline Goodman had an excellent day and a pretty clear run to take 2nd place in the Vet 50s, while Dena Ford battled through the less competent riders, getting taken out once, to still take 4th. Sally White made her first appearance and said she’d be back! Jeff Roberts backed up his great start to the season with an 11th, as did Jonathon Chadwick in 22nd. Phil Porteous came a creditable 31st on a borrowed bike and Tony Eva also made his first appearance. An excellent day with the ‘Wycombe noisy corner’ being highly commended for it’s levels of support!
A good start to the season all round and with more riders expressing interest in cyclo-cross racing, this racing format is going from strength to strength