South of England Area Championship Basingstoke Cyclocross
The S of E Championship and round nine of the Wessex league, was held at Basingstoke on Sunday 9th December.
As it was a championship event, it included riders from other leagues in the South of England.Categories were split into Junior, Women, 40+ & 50+ riders. Fortunately a rise in temperature and a well drained venue madefor some faster riding. Martyn Dymond, riding in the 40+, had a good race in a big field in this age category andfinished really well in 16th place. Andy Pond, suffering from a back injury, still managed to finish a creditable 29th.Steve Dines, who was grided in the front row for 50+ vets, had an excellent finish & managed to hang on to 9th place.All these good positions by the team will gain them valuable points in the Wessex League.The last race of the season is on Boxing Day at Southampton.
Photo shows Dines & Dymond warming up on their turbos before the event.
Wight Mountain/Red Funnel cyclocross team travelled to the Thruxton Race Circuit near Andover for Round Nine of the Wessex Cyclocross League.
With only three races to go, points are still be gained for overall position,
Of an eleven race series, every competitor needs to compete in at least eight races.
Despite the heavy rainfall, it was fortunate that this course sits on chalk, making it drain well.
The course,has steep hills and banks with sharp turns at top and bottom, which easily split the field into small groups.
Junior Rob Bolwell, having raced at National level last week, finished 3rd junior and 16th overall.
Vet Martyn Dymond, who is having a really good season, also competed at the Nationals last week,he finished in 20th position.
Team mate Andy Pond, rode well to finish in 36th position.
Steve Dines found the conditions tough but still managed to end 38th.
Nick CHarlton Smith, riding in the Senior race, enjoyed the faster conditions and finished 18th.
Photo shows Martyn Dymond
The latest round of the Wessex league took the team to Brookes University campus at Oxford.
Continual rainfall turned the course this week sub-terranial, the majority of the course being under at least three inches of water, which turned normal dry stream obstacles into deep ditch rivers.
Within the first 500m at the start, all riders following a wheel, were covered in mud, anybody unlucky enough to come off their bikes on the course would have been advised to wear water wings.
Despite the unusual conditions, Wight Mountain team adapted well, Martyn Dymond, riding in a pack of ten riders, managed to secure an exellant 5th overall. Steve Dines, a traithlete during the summer, enjoyed the wet conditions and finished well in 25th place, closely followed by team mate, Andy Pond in 31st position.
Points gained this week will go into the pot to maintain Wight Mountain’s league position of 4th place.
Photograph, taken by Graham Robbins shows Andy Pond, Martyn Dymond and Steve Dines
(permission obtained to use the photograph in with the report)
The course consisted of descents and climbs, through wooded and flat areas around the park. The continued rain that has fallen this week turned the course into a very wet, slippery and muddy race.
The five team members all finished and did well in the difficult circumstances.
Martyn Dymond lead the way for the team, positioned 1st in the vets 45 category, finished 23rd overall today.
Steve Dines had a good race this week, still 2nd vet 55, finished 36th overall, despite puncturing and having to change bikes during the race.
Andy Pond followed closely behind Steve after a collision during the race dropped him to 39th place.
Dave Jowett taking part in only his 3rd race this season finished 64th and his daughter Hazel, returning for her 1st race this season, finished a creditable 75th overall and 7th lady.
Nick Charlton-Smith, in the Senior race, finished well in the top twenty despite the muddy conditions.
Round 2 Cyclocross Lydiard Park, Wiltshire
Sunday spent in muddly Wiltshire – after several weeks of dry conditions torrential rain fell on the south of england, making round two at Lydiard Park, Swindon, a wet and muddy affair.
Over obstacles and up and down muddy climbs Martyn Dymond continue his success finishing 7th out of 84 finishers, he had a good lead on other members of the team, who were finding the conditions tough going.
Junior, Rob Bolwell, had a mechanical problem, which dropped him to 31st position. Andy Pond, first race of the season, came in a credible 39th.
Steve Dines who crashed out and had to swap bikes in the pitts, came in 52nd.Also having his first race of the season, Dave Jowett finished well just behind Steve.
Nina French was unable to race due to a training injury.Next round Wareham Forest. Photo shows Martyn Dymond
Wight Mountain Red Funnel Cyclocross Oxford
First Race of the Cyclocross Season at Granville Road School Oxford
The Wight Mountain/Red Funnel Cyclocross Team travelled to Granville Road School in Oxford on Saturday for the first race of the new season. The venue was up and down three levels of playing fields, through some copse sections and despite the dry weather, some muddy areas as well.
Leading the way, having just moved up from Youth to Junior, Rob Bolwell had an excellant race, riding with team mate Martyn Dymond, Vet 45, the two managed to keep with the fast pace at the front of the pack, to finish 15th & 18th respectively.
Steve Dines also had a good ride following a very sucessful summer of triathlons, finishing 42nd overall and 2nd in his age category
Nina French finished not far behind, giving her a very respectable 4th Lady position. Bill French completed the team success finishing in the top 3 for his age group. Next week the team are off to Swindon for round two of the league.
Top Photo shows: Left to Right Martyn Dymond, Rob Bolwell, Steve Dines, Bill French, Nina French.