B&DCC is a promoting member of the Notts & Derby Cyclo Cross association , with an event promoted within this league on an annual basis. Many of the clubs riders also race within this series , from veteran down to under 8's - Cyclo Cross is a great sport to get involved in.
Round 1 – Hardwick Hall
The season opener was promoted by B&DCC, bringing Cyclo Cross to Hardwick Hall for the first time. A record number of riders took part in the event, and the fantastic volunteer support from the club helped deliver a first class event that really showcased the venue and our club in a great light.
We hope to be back at Hardwick for the next season, possibly on an even bigger scale too
Our Go-Ride coaching sessions introduced many new riders to racing, and many of them took part in this youngest of categories. Several highlights stand out, including a 4 year old Jake Steed donning his best “race face” to finish the season in an astounding 13th place overall. The young twin sisters , Evie and Freya Carr taking part and showing us that even small girls on tiny little pink machines can race bikes.
In the end, top dog was Dylan Richardson who overcome some occasional shakes of self confidence to finish the season in a brilliant 4th place overall.
The youth category has a very wide spread of ability, the fastest boys would finish high up in the senior category.
At the moment our participants cant match that top end speed, but showed good promise to give it a go in future years.
Joel, Luke and Aaron got stuck in, occasionally battling each other for the honour of top B&DCC boy in each individual race and motivating each other to push harder, but the best placed finisher was Georgia Crapper, ending the season as the third placed under 16 girl
The senior category was missing some of the key combatants from the previous year, but a new guard arrived to represent the club at a high level, and several tried cross for the first time
Jason Marriott joined us for the last couple of rounds and demonstrated his strength with a top 30 placing.
Andy Wainwright and Pete Steed became embroiled in their own battles, enjoying the rivalry and placing highly, while further down the field numerous battles between B&DCC riders raged through the season.
Andy Wainwright was the highest placed overall B&DCC rider at the end of the season, with a very impressive 38th place overall (out of 240). Pete Steed was 67th overall
From a 4 year old at one end of the sacle to members still racing well into their 60's cyclocross can surely be called an inclusive sport. The "winningest" rider tis season was Graham Whiting who took a brilliant 1st place in the V60 category. In the same age group Alan Maddocks raced every single round and was reawrded with a 3rd place overall.
In the V55 catgeory, Mick Fairest raced to a third finish overall, and more importantly flew the Green & Black colours in several national events and the National Championships, racing against the countrys best.
The V40 category is just as competitive as the senior race and Andy Wainwrights battles with Pete Steed saw him finish 7th overall in this age category
Just two short seasons previously, B&DCC only had three riders taking part in cross. This year has seen massive growth, and I’m confident that for the 2013/2014 season it will be bigger still, with more kids racing, more women taking part (Ruth Sutherland was our only female rider this year) and faster, fitter riders across the senior categories. Mick Fairest ran some useful training sessions in the early part of the season, and we hope to build on these next year to upskill our riders. What a year it’s been, and its only going to get better.
If you have never raced cross and fancy a go, I can assure you that whatever level you are at, it is fun, inspiring and will make your winter pass almost unnoticed. To help you give it a go we have a selection of loan cross bikes available, contact us for more information
For the forthcoming 2013/2014 season B&DCC are hoping to field a strong team across all categories
We are looking for potential members with an interest in Cyclo Cross to take up the gauntlet and race their way with us through the season , particularly in the NDCXL events (see below). If thats you , then please get in touch
It feels like the 2010/2011 Cross season has been running for ages, and this season has seen a dramatic upturn in the fortunes in the club, setting some real benchmarks to build on for next years season. With potentially many many more riders on the start line next season we stand a real good chance of being a force to be reckoned with (nearly) on the local cross circuit.
Right from race 1, this season has been a battle for club honours with Craig Devonshire taking to cycling just a few months before, myself returning from a stupid Achilles injury and Vern wanting to improve on his sub 100 placing from the previous season. MBS also showed early promise till work and other things put pressure on his season. The title came down to the wire in the last race, but unfortunately through illness I couldn’t ride, paving the way for Craig to take a deserving and convincing overall win.
· Craig Devonshire 30th Senior 67th Overall
· Steve Crapper 33rd senior 78th Overall
· Vern Richardson 15th V45 83rd Overall
· Martin Young 21st V40 114th Overall
· Graham Whiting 3rd V60 149th Overall
· Gavin Long 54th Senior 151st Overall
· Mark BS 27th V40 159th Overall
If they had raced the full quota of races, MBS, Graham, Mark & Gavin would have been much more in contention, watch out for them next year !
B&DCC also scored a 13th place in the team trophy, beating much more established clubs such as VC Long Eaton, Beeston CC, Sherwood Pines & Sherwood CC
The real hero here was Tom Whiting. A tough battle all season , saw him just take the 4th overall place and finish second U16 Boy...you can watch some footage of Toms last race here.
Georgia Crapper made good early season progress, lost confidence in the later season mud but still finished 3rd U14 girl overall
Again B&DCC scored highly in the youth team category, 5th overall !
Highest placed here was Lewis Fletcher, 15th Boy and showing some good promise for the future. Lucas Crapper was 22nd boy, Chris Wearne 23rd boy and Aaron Young 24th boy. Two girls put in a few season early races and scored good overall points with Amber Kerr finishing 7th Girl and Kimberley Taylor 8th girl
This category saw another rider show promise for the future, BMX Star Morgan Turner tried his legs in cross and finished a brilliant 18th boy, Adam Wearn was 24th boy & Lewis Connley was 41st boy.
In the U12 girls Jade Kerr put in some real effort and finished 9th girl , with little Charlotte Connley 23rd girl
I’ve already worked out that we should have close to 15 seniors on the start line for next year’s races, and hopefully with a few more youth racers too , B&DCC goes from strength to strength
As part of the Awards for All funding that the club has recently received , we have a selection of Cyclo cross bikes in various sizes for paid up club members to try.
If you want to taste cyclo cross , but dont have the wheels to do it , then make contact with the club chairman, Steve to arrange temporary loan of one of these bikes
The pinnacle expede 0.0 is a great entry level bike to hit your first cross race
Our thanks go to all who gave up their time to make the recently promoted event at Holmebrook Valley park such a Success
Thanks specifically to Adam , Andy( x 2) , Jamie , Martin , Vern , David & Jon T
Rider feedback about the course has been excellent and we look forward to putting on an even better event for the 2010 season
more details of the NDCXL events can be found here