Andy Smith Events hosted round 3 of the 23/24 Wessex season. A powerful, yet technically challenging course, provided fast and physical racing. Technical features, such as Steps and Off Camber gave the riders tricky conditions to race in, and many riders fell victim to the slippery grass.
In the u8 female category, Martha Kiddell took the win, with an excellent ride. In second, was Emily Littlewood and in third, Rose Charlton-Smith. In the male category, Noah Davis rode a splendid race to take the win, with Oscar Jones in second, and Harry Wagstaff in third.
In the under 12 female race, Isabelle Mar-Molinero took the win, with a fantastic ride, in second was Florence Cooper, and third, Matilda Wilks. In the Male Category, Max Atkins of Cotswold Veldrijden secured the victory, with Jacob Wadling in second, and filling the podium, Jamie Kerry.
Moving into the first race on the full course, the under16 category was always going to be a thriller. A punchy, slippery course provided difficult racing, and in the Open Category, Jack Morgan was first, with Sam Genazzini in second, Harrison Hendy was third. In the Female race, Isla Pattinson of Solent Pirates pipped Eva Fox, of Mid Devon CC, for the win. In third, was Georgia Mahoney. Some great results for Solent Pirates!
In the under 14 Open race, Harry Cooper of Palmer Park took the win, with a strong ride. Thomas Wilks followed closely, and Sammy Baker, also representing Palmer Park, was third. In the Female race, Eva Mar-Molinero followed in her sister’s footsteps, to take a convincing win. Sophie Jacobs rolled in for second, and Georgia Lovett filled the podium spots.
The course was now representing a proper CX day out, and it was the vet 40-49, and juniors turn to take on the brutal course. Carnage from the start, due to the tight corners and fast straights, meant the bunch was strung out from the get-go. Mack Mellish dominated to take victory, with Reece Pittman coming second, he said, ‘the off-camber banks were challenging, but I’m happy with my ride. Sam Budd, of CTW Racing, took third.
In the Vet 40-49, it was a great battle between Paul Lloyd, and Adrian Lansley, but Lansley, of Pedalon, managed to get the better of Lloyd, Banjo Cycles, to take the win, by a small margin. James Allaway, also representing Pedalon, came in third.
In the Junior Female Category, Charlotte Smith, Ignite, took the win, with Rebecca Gascoyne, representing Pedalon coming second, and Kate Coulson, of Palmer Park, in third. In the senior female race, Amy Perryman secured the victory, followed by Lindy Brazier-Larkin, and Sarah Hickman was third. In the 40-49 female, Kate Robson, Pedalon, took a convincing win, followed by Tracy Bremner, also of Pedalon, and in third, Gemma Wilks. In the 50-59, Helen Pattinson took yet another victory, followed by Katy Parsons, and in third, Bridget Colloby. In the 60+, Lydia Gould was crowned victorious, followed by Julie Hughes, and Catherine Pascoe.
Moving onto the Vet 50-59 open category, Keith Sheridan of Magspeed racing took the win, but very closely followed by Jamie Norfolk of Pedalon. In third place was Anthony Turner. In the vet 60+, Kev Holloway continued his winning streak, Tim Costello rolled in second, and Dave McMullen filled the podium, with third.
The final race of the day, the Senior Open Category. We got some of the most exciting racing of the day, with Pedro Hutchinson pipping Oscar Hoult by under a second on the line! Giorgio Coppola made his return in fine form, to take third.
A massive thanks to Andy Smith Events, for providing us with a mega course, and everyone involved in putting the event on! See you all next weekend, in Prospect Park, Reading, for round 4.
Photos: Pitchside Paul