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Last lap drama and fun for all ages as cyclocross comes to Newbury’ Goldwell Park





The first two events of the Summer Cyclocross series at Newbury’s Goldwell Park saw excellent turnouts for all age groups.

Twisting parkland courses presented a unique challenge for all riders, with the events attracting competitors of all abilities on mountain, gravel and cyclocross bikes.

The first event on 23rd May kicked the series off in perfect fashion, as entrants took to the track just opposite the Northcroft Leisure Centre.

Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill

The under-10’s category saw Henry Ellis of local club Newbury Velo finishing a hard fought 6th, whilst teammate Eddie Ellis came in a respectable 11th.

The under-12’s race saw Daniel Hatcher of Palmer Park Velo RT take the win, whilst the Junior, Senior & Vet Women race saw Liz Verrall place 6th for Newbury Velo.

The forty minute Junior, Senior & Vet Men race saw seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Mellish grab victory by just 0.09 of a second, beating Newbury Banjo Cycles’ Paul Lloyd.

Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill

The series then set off to Dinton Pastures Country Park near Winnersh, before returning to Goldwell Park on 6th June.

The third night in the series kicked off with the under-10s, where Pierce Fletcher took victory and Henry Ellis came in a respectable fourth for Newbury Velo.

The under-12’s race saw Newbury Velo’s Imogen Taylor secure a ninth place finish, whilst teammate Liz Fraser took second place in the Junior, Senior & Vet Women race.

Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill
Summer Cyclocross at Newbury's Goldwell Park © David Hill

The final race of the night was won by Paul Lloyd, who exacted revenge for a fortnight previous, on behalf of Banjo Cycles/Raceware. Teammate Anthony Hackett also came in fifth.

Remaining events in the series will be held at Goldwell Park on Thursday 20th June and Dinton Pastures on Tuesday 25th June. Those interested in attending should visit newburyvelo.cc/summer-cyclocross



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