YOUNG cyclists put their skills to the test in the third event of the Muddy Monday series.
Organised by The Barnesbury Cycling Club, the event took place at Bedlington’s Gallagher Park with the youth competition based on three stages.
The first was a skills test, won by Chris Aspey (unattached) who completed the course with no penalty points. Second was Joe Hodgson (Barnesbury CC) and third was Jess Watts (Tyneside Vagabonds CC).
The second stage was an individual time trial with Aspey taking the win in a time of one minute and 36 seconds, ahead of Watts and Hodgson.
The final youth stage was a massed start race, of just over ten minutes (six laps) which saw Aspey take a clean sweep ahead of Hodgson and Watts.
Aspey took the overall win ahead of Hodgson, Watts and Jake Hodgson.
The senior event followed and Jonathan Caisley (Northumbria Police CC) and Mick Aspey (Northumbria Police) took an early lead on the first lap with Ben Othen (Tap Timing) not far behind.
On the third lap Othen managed to catch and pass Aspey but by this time Caisley had a considerable lead and was looking strong.
Caisley took the win, completing seven laps in 45m and 37m, ahead of Othen in 46m 4s, then Aspey in 46m 42s.
Fourth was Geoffrey Turner (Barnesbury CC) 47m 9s, fifth Gordon Hodgson (Barnesbury CC) 50m 1s, sixth Kyle Watts (Tyneside Vagabonds) at one lap, seventh Gerry Baird (Team Greggs), eighth Steve Cook (unattached), ninth Mark Kirby (Breeze bikes), and tenth Gavin Duffy (unattached).
Elsewhere, the Northumberland and Durham Cycling Association held their Open Fifty Mile Time Trial (The Jesmond Trophy) on the M509 course at Bassington/Ellington.
First was Jon Sturman (of Blumilk.com) in a time of 1hr 48m 28s, ahead of Elliot Gowland (Infinity Cycles RT) in 1hr 58m 09s.
Third was Jonathan Gavaghan (Wansbeck CC) in 2hrs 8s; fourth Nev Martin (Infinity Cycles RT), 2hrs 4m 13s; fifth Rick Mitford (Cestria CC) 2hrs 5m 1s.