Cyclocross proving popular with Clevedon riders

PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:57 14 November 2017

Gareth Jones, Jon Gall, Chris Burton, James Hester, Mike Clapp.

Gareth Jones, Jon Gall, Chris Burton, James Hester, Mike Clapp.

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Clevedon cyclists have been out in force, taking part in several cyclocross events in the area.

The British cyclocross scene has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years, with race meetings are attracting huge numbers and at elite-level some world-class young riders are choosing to focus on cyclocross ahead of the more traditional professional pathways of track or road racing.

Circuits are off-road and include a mixture of terrain and obstacles that demand excellent bike-handling skills while allowing all ages and abilities to have-a-go in a safe environment.

Clevedon riders have been getting out in force this year at the Western Cyclocross League. Tom Taylor and older brother Joe have been getting some great results in the Under-14 and 23 categories, but it has been the over-40 category which has been attracting some new faces.

Seasoned off-road campaigner Jon Gall has had a lot more company this season with Gareth Jones, Mike Clapp, Chris Burton, James Hester and Kev Watts getting in on the action.

Round nine saw the riders tackle the technical circuit at the Mendip raceway. Another storming ride by Gall was good enough for 11th place in ay strong field.

Jones was also towards the front in 18th which is a great result for Gareth in only his second cyclocross race. Burton put in a solid performance to claim 30th.

Unluckiest man of the day was Clapp who punctured on the first lap, went back to his car to fix the puncture and got back into the race to finish 36th. James Hester also punctured, but luckily on his practice lap meaning he did make it to the start on time and valiantly battled around to claim 37th.

More puncture misfortune for Jones during the round 10 event at Lockleaze. This time a double puncture that ended his race. Watts finished at the sharp-end in the over-50s race with a fine 15th with Gall also finishing 15th in the over 40’s. Tom Taylor once again took another podium placing in the under-14’s with a fantastic second place.

Details of how to join the cyclocross fun or a more leisurely social Sunday ride can be found at www.cdrc.cc

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