We’re being spoilt with new venues in the 2021-22 Wessex league season – this week we took a tour of the vineyards at Cobbs Farm (complete with double decker bus café) near Hungerford for round 8 hosted by Newbury Velo.
The energy sapping course scurried up, down and across the chalky North Downs slopes in a return to dry conditions after last week’s heavy mud. Climbing from the start, riders even tackled a hole in the hedgerow as they wound their way to the top of a Strava art thumb before the four “fingers” of the switchback descent and a tricky set of barriers hiding round a corner at the bottom of a downhill section.
With no Central league race scheduled, the location attracted plenty of that league’s “hitters” too as both v40 and v50 men’s races saw fields of nearly 100 riders each.
Jude Chamberlain (Team Jewson-M.I. Racing) triumphed in the Junior Men’s race with Paul Lloyd (Banjo Cycles) winning the v40 men. Lucy Gadd (Storey Racing) was winner of the senior women’s race, Celia Brown (Gorilla Coffee CC) top v40, Helen Pattinson (Montezuma’s) top v50 woman.
Mike Simpson (Beeline Bicycles RT) was in his own race again as he cantered to another convincing v50 men victory and Phil Pearce (Hope Factory Racing) swapped his usual MTB for a cross bike in an equally impressive senior men win.
Don’t forget to enter round 9 at Popham here
Photos: Pitchside Paul