CX Series Finale & National Championships

Liv AWOL supports its riders competing across multi-disciplines, and this winter there has been a strong presence on the cyclocross front. Over the last few weeks, they have been racing in the Trophy Series Finale in Ipswich, the National Championships at Hetton Lyons Park in Tyne & Wear, as well as several regional races.

Just before Christmas, Elizabeth Marvelly was racing in Round 14 of the Central Cyclo-Cross League at Rockingham Forest Cross finishing 10th overall and 1st Junior. Everything went quiet on the cross front for just over a week, then on 1st January, it all took off again, with Liv AWOL riders spread between two events.

Connie Hayes and Charlotte McGreevy were both present at the Herne Hill New Years Day Madison, a fun paired event mixing Madison format from track into a cyclocross race. You can read more about Connie’s experience here. Charlotte and her partner for the day were 5th in the Youth category and 1st mixed pair. She tweeted later in the day, “Great NYD Madison CX race 5th youth pair and 1st mixed pair great fun thank you VCL”.

Meanwhile, at Round 14 of the Eastern CX League at Trinity Cross, Lauren Higham was dominant right from the starting whistle and stamped her authority on the Women’s category with her 10th win out of 10, and securing, without doubt, the series title. Afterwards, Lauren tweeted, “Happy new year. 1st race of the year completed at Trinity park 1st Women and 1st Junior & confirmed #easternleague series winner 10/10 100% win. Fantastic series 🚲😄”.

Harley Pell (CCA) holds off Iona Moir for win (photo: Phil Moir)
Harley Pell (CCA) holds off Iona Moir for win (photo: Phil Moir)

In the Youth category, Iona Moir came 2nd by inches to Harley Pell (racing CX for CC Ashwell), in what was a thrilling race with the two riders switching lead several times.

And it was back to Trinity Cross the following weekend for the 6th and final Trophy Series race for all the Liv AWOL cross riders. The course was slightly different from the week before, with no forest run. Instead the race took riders through a barn, and onto a fast technical tarmac/grass mix that led into the finishing straight.

The Youth category saw the first Liv AWOL action, with Charlotte McGreevy switching roles with Iona Moir for a race long tussle with Harley Pell. Charlotte got the better of Harley on this occasion crossing the line in 8th place (her third 8th out of the 6 races!), with Iona Moir coming in 13th, her highest Trophy Series position. Iona said after, “Grided on back row, but fought way through to finish 13th #greatfirstseasonofcross”.

Connie, Elizabeth and Emily on start line (photo: Pat Hayes)
Connie Emily and Elizabeth on start line (photo: Pat Hayes)

Slightly depleted by injury and illness, the Junior/U23 ranks rode next represented by Emily Bridson, Connie Hayes and Elizabeth Marvelly, finishing 21, 29 and 30th respectively.

After 6 events the Trophy Series was over. In the Women’s category, Liv AWOL had two riders in the 40 (scoring results). Sarah Lomas finished in 23rd place, and Lauren Higham (1st year Junior) finished in 34th. In the Youth category, Charlotte McGreevy definitely stood out for her consistency, and despite having a no score 1st round due to a mechanical, she still finished in 7th place. Iona Moir finished a very creditable 23rd in her first cross season.

And so, to the last major event of the cyclocross calendar. The British Cyclocross Championship, on 13th-14th January at Hetton Lyons Park, in Tyne and Wear. All the stars of British Women’s CX were all present, including Helen Wyman, Nikki Brammeier and Evie Richards (U23).

The Youth category rode on Saturday, and despite it being slightly muddy, bike changes were few and far between. Charlotte McGreevy and Iona Moir were once again there to represent Liv AWOL. While Charlotte got a good start and was in the front bunch as the past the pits area for the first time, Iona’s chain came off while only 50m into the race. Coming in 16th, Charlotte said after, “Not the best end to the session, but still enjoyed it grateful to be a member of LivAwol and receiving their support. Can’t wait for the road season!” And finishing 21st, Iona tweeted, “Really enjoyed the course. However not the result I was hoping (for) after dropping my chain 50meters into the start. Thank you all for the encouragement going round”. The final comment in relation to the mega-phone wielding Connie Hayes!

Lauren Higham at Cross Nationals (photo: Huw Williams)
Lauren Higham at Cross Nationals (photo: Huw Williams)

By the Sunday, the course had dried out further and pit crews were hardly needed for the televised races. Evie Richards (eventual U23 winner, and winner of a recent World Cup round) rode emphatically from the start and finished with the best course time of the day for a women (including the Elite women!) The upshot of this was that she ended up lapping some of the Junior back markers who were pulled from the race. Liv AWOL had Lauren Higham (back from illness, although not fully fit), Connie Hayes and Elizabeth Marvelly riding. Results were Lauren 18th (12th Junior), Connie 20th (14th Junior) and Elizabeth 22nd (16th Junior).

Lauren Elizabeth and Connie at Cross Nationals (photo: Pat Hayes)
Lauren Elizabeth and Connie at Cross Nationals (photo: Pat Hayes)

Connie summed up afterwards, “Nice to get 20th overall and 14th junior at today’s national cyclocross championships. Last race of the cross season for me which I am surprisingly sad about, but I can’t wait for the road season with the girls”.

It has been a great Cyclocross season for the team (and not quite over), with some great results, some technical disasters, mud and spills, and the atmosphere amongst the riders and the team support has been great. Congratulations to them all.

If you have any photos of the Liv AWOL team from the Cyclocross season that we’ve not featured and you’d like to share, please contact us either via social media or via the contact page.

Featured photo by Huw Williams.

 

 

 

 

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