Last week saw the start of the London region cyclo-cross season and today was the turn of the Eastern region to kick off. Liv AWOL riders were present in both Youth and Junior categories at both events, with a full set of podium spots split across the two events for the riders.
The London region’s inaugural event was held at Stanmer Park, just outside Brighton. The course had some long straight field sections, and a couple of drags before circumnavigating almost every tree in the adjacent forest. Out the forest, past the pits, back in for a couple more tree lined switch backs, then out for a short sprint to the line. And do this repeatedly for a number of laps. Competing in only her second ever cross race, new Liv AWOL youth rider Iona Moir, put in a creditable performance and finished second in the Under 16 category.
Connie Hayes, competing in the Junior category was holding an excellent position, when she suffered a serious mechanical and unfortunately had to withdraw.
This weekend saw the Eastern Region cross season kick off in Chelmsford, and was thankfully free from mechanicals, where the same two riders were again in action along with teammate Lauren Higham. The course was quite different from the previous week offering more obstacles, with plenty of steps, slopes, boards to get the riders off their bikes and jumping, leaping and skipping there way around, along with plenty of nose down fast pedalling. Iona was again in action first, finishing 3rd in the Under 16 category, and 5th girl overall. Lauren and Connie shared the podium taking 1st and 2nd in the Junior girls event respectively. Congratulations to all three for an excellent performance.
Featured photo by Phil Moir