Booth and Mein take the honours in first cycle event

DOZENS of riders turned out for the first race in the series being organised by Barnesbury Cycle Club at Bedlington’s Gallagher Park.

Young and old took part in the event last week, which was the first in a number of events aimed at promoting cycling, with the first 11 all being placed.

Eleven riders took part in the first Muddy Monday event for seniors, turning out on downhill bikes, old style rigid fork bikes and thoroughbred racing machines to tackle the 2km course.

Leading from the start, Steve Hope (Tap Timing) and Dietar Booth (Breeze Bikes) set a blistering pace the others could not cope with.

Hope and Booth shared the pacing with Hope leading through the finish area each lap.

With a considerable mix of climbing, descending and single track the course was a success with the riders and on the final lap, with the others struggling to cope for the 40-minute-plus a lap duration it was Booth who attacked Hope about 100 meters from the finish and winning by a bike length to take the first win.

Third was Ian Rowell, also of Breeze Bikes, just ahead of Ben Othen, from Tap Timing.

A total of 11 experienced and novice riders aged from six to under-16 took part in the first Muddy Monday race, which helps develop off-road skills and fitness.

In the youth skills event, Thomas Mein from MTS Club took the honours ahead of Jack Watson, of Barnesbury CC, and Fin Robertson, of Hetton Hawks.

Mein also took first place in the one lap time trial ahead of Emma Brady, of Scott Contessa Club, and Robertson.

And Mein took a clean sweep by winning the 10-minute Mass Start Race ahead of Robertson and Brady.

In the overall series, under-16 competitor Mein took the honours with 330 points ahead of under-14 pair Robertson (290 points) and Brady (288 points). Under-16 Watson finished fourth with 286.