Barnesbury Cycling Club hosted the second round in the North East Cyclo Cross League at Gallagher Park in Bedlington.
In dry conditions, riders tackled a technical course involving several short to medium climbs at various gradients to test the skills and fitness of the competitors.
The course was set out around the crown of the reclaimed spoil heap on the site of the old Bedlington ‘D’ Doctor Pit colliery, so riders rack up a fair bit of climbing.
The senior race saw a tight leading group disputing the lead over the first few laps.
Veteran Colin Ash (Cestria CC) lead over the line on the first lap, Jon Bayley (Gosforth CC) the second and junior Craig Gow (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) the third, with Dean Penfold (unatt) also in the mix.
By the fourth lap, Gow had opened a growing gap on the other three who continued to bash heads.
The elastic snapped to Bayley on lap six and he slipped back to be overtaken by Chris Burns (Cestria CC) on lap seven to take fourth place while Penfold and Ash battled on, with Penfold taking second.
First veteran outside the top three was Philip Addyman (6th), first junior outside the top three was Dan Hadnum (Vieri Velo RT) (8th).
Alexandra Rimmer (Mountain Goat Coaching) won the youths’ race to take the U16 prize, beating Matthew Wells (Tyneside Vagabonds CC), first in the U14s, Jack Nicholson (Barnesbury CC) was second U14 and Kurt Smith (Barnesbury CC) third.
Meanwhile the U12’s race had shown who the battlers were.
In a field of 14, first was U12 Katie Hadnum (Hetton Hawks), second U12 Jonathan Morley (Barnesbury CC) and third U8 Daniel Thompson (Cleveland Wheelers) – these three each winning their age categories.
Barnesbury CC used the race to decide the club Youth Cyclo Cross Champions, so the event saw a good turnout from the club’s growing youth section.
Youngsters aged five to 18 who would like to learn and improve their skills, Barnesbury CC runs coaching sessions every Saturday at Gallagher Park. From 10am to 11am it is mountain bike then 11am to noon BMX.
Non members are welcome and for further details go to www.barnesbury-cc.co.uk. Cost is £1 members and £3 non members.