Mayhem in Minehead and ShamXross is Boss
Here’s Paul Taylor’s take on the Avid outing to Minehead from the U12’s perspective.
“Tom took a break from CX this weekend to race at the Minehead festival of cycling on a superb 1.1km street circuit within the seaside town centre. With a forecast of rain we were expecting a sketchy race but the weather held although drama came from another direction!
“The start was superfast and Tom was caught on the back foot whilst trying to clip-in but got back on to the lead group going into the second lap. With the guys pushing a hard pace the bunch was whittled down to five riders going into the final lap where Tom positioned himself in second wheel. Unbeknown to the leading riders a barrier had fallen over behind them into the path of one of the young riders who was catapulted over the handlebars. By now the leading bunch were at full gas and Tom made an early attack giving himself a significant lead up to the finish line with certain victory in his grasp.
“Unfortunately for the Clevedon rider the commissaires stopped the race on the finish line and set about sorting out the results of the race as some kids were caught behind the crashed rider. The decision was made to take the result of the order in which the riders passed the finish line on the penultimate lap. When the dust settled Tom was awarded 2nd place. A great event and definitely one to put on the calendar for 2018!”
The following weekend, the riders were back in action, this time on the grass at ShamXross in the Western Cyclocross League. Here are the thoughts of Martin Harris as Jenson took Avid Sport’s first ever victory!