Round 9 of the Miche Wessex League saw a return to Popham Airfield, a revised course, bought about by a area of land, previously used for racing, now designated for Caravan Club use only, the course featured three distinct sections, a field section set on a slight hill including the start and finish, barriers and pits, some technical woodland and a sweeping bank section designed to be attacked at speed.
Thanks to all the Under 10 and 12 competitors, hopefully we can evolve your course a little for next year. See results for finishing positions.
In the youth races U14 girls, Lara Dix (Dartmoor Velo-carecontrolsystems) took the win ahead of Isla Pattinson (Solent Pirates) and Grace Upshalll (Poole wheelers). In the U14 boys Thomas Styles (Team Milton Keynes) took the win with Noah Smith (Southborough & District Wheelers) 2nd and Charlie Shepherd (Solent Pirates) 3rd.
Under 16 Youth girls, Greta Carey (Pedalon) 1st ahead of Anna Patterson (Palmer Park Velo) and Charlotte Smith (Solent Pirates). The Under 16 boys race was dominated by the DB Racing boys with Alfie Amey 1st and Oscar Amey 2nd with Peter Carpenter (C&N cycles) 3rd.
Great to see 10 Junior men racing, with some very close finishers, with Piers Higginson (VC Londres) just having enough to hold of Pedalon’s Natham Cracknell with Jed Smithson (Worx factory Racing) 3rd.
In V40 Dan Guest (Magspeed Racing) ahead of James Allaway (Pedalon) and David Spencer (VC Venta).The V50 race saw a crash just after the start affecting a lot of riders but mainly Martyn Dymond who emerged a bit the worse for wear from the bottom of the heap, after being brought down in the crash, thankfully no medical attention required, Paul Hopkins (Merida Factory Racing) a comfortable winner in the end, followed in by Jonathan Hall (Sotonia) and John McGraph (Blazing Saddles RT).
The women’s races again provided some great racing, with some great battles going on, Elena Day was 1st Junior (Montezumas RT) Senior women’s race saw Amy Perryman (Montezumas RT) 1st followed by Lindy Brazier- Larkin (Sarum Velo) and Lucy Gadd (Storey Racing).V40 ladies saw Maryka Sennema (Cotswold Veldrijden) hold of a chasing Kate Robson (Pedalon) 2nd and Deborah Smith (Nova RT) 3rd, and Lydia Gould was V60 winner. The V50 ladies race saw a great battle between Helen Pattinson (Montezumas RT) and Isla Rowntree (islabikes) , with Helen eventually getting the win, Isla 2nd and Catherine Kilburn (Mid Devon CC) 3rd.
The last race of the day elite men, saw the weather change with drizzle rolling in, but the outcome didn’t change, the race was completely dominated by Pedalon’s Adrian Lansley, with 2nd place going to David Bore (Racing club Ravenna) and 3rd Ian Lee (RAF). I would like to finish by thanking Pedalon for all there help staging this event and in particular Mark Allen of Pedalon and Anthony Dyment of NHRC for giving up so much time to help me renovate the woodland trails, and everyone else who helped on the day.
See you next year 😀
Photos: Pitchside Paul
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