Powerful riders prosper on heavy course

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Twenty one members of West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club competed in the latest round of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League held at Redgrave, near Diss on Sunday.

A time-aged category race ridden over successive loops of a heavy-going and challenging course suited the more powerful and stronger riders.

The event began with the under-10s, and yet another superb ride from Charlie Knowler, who again finished first.

Fine finishes saw club mates Victoria Asker home in 10th, Harley Gregory 16th and Grace Whitwell 21st.

Next to go were the under-12 group, led home by Thomas Macrow in 13th, followed by Matthew Whitwell in 24th and Lianna Denny in 26th.

The youth category saw a terrific ride from Sam Asker (ninth), followed by brother Matt (22nd) and Fraser Elsworth (31st).

The combined women and 45 to 50 years men age group contained the biggest club contingent.

Another superb ride from Mike Bowen saw him home in fourth with Paul Watson riding powerfully for 19th.

Strong riding saw a close group finish between Malcolm McFarlane (38th), Simon Elsworth (39th), Ian Mortlock (46th) and Adi Grimwood (51st).

Dave Griggs made up several places to finish 63rd, while Lesley Linden, in only her second such race, finished a determined 70th.

Last to go were the seniors and at an hour long, it was a truly testing race over a surface that had deteriorated severely.

Hard riding saw Richard Stiff home in 48th position, John Brooks in 52nd and James Asker in 54th.