NDCXL Rd 1 @ Hardwick Hall

Today was the first round of the very popular Notts and Derby Cyclocross league. To begin with the conditions out on course were a little greasy due to the over night rain which a lot of riders were grateful for as it softened up the notoriously bumpy ground over at Hardwick Hall. The event today was organised by Bolsover & District cycling club and they had recently mentioned an alteration to the course taking out the bomb hole section to be replaced by a new wooded section which had a very tricky off camber descent and a brutal climb back up towards the main arena.

The first race of the day which Ashfield RC had riders participating in was the Youth race which started at 12:00. Today Jonah was flying the flag for Team Green in the youth race. He had very consistent lap times throughout the race in which he managed to turn into a great result of 16th in the Under 16’s race. Well done Jonah!

The next race of the day in which Ashfield RC

Ian Drake

Ian Drake

had riders flying the flag for Team Green was
the Veteran’s race which all kicked off at
13:00. In total we had 4 riders competing in
the Veteran’s Catergory. The riders were
Ian Drake, David Hunt, Ian Fairy and
Christopher Thacker. All riders found the first
race of the season a little bit of shock to
the system but I doubt they was the only people
thinking that. Considering the first round
shock to the system they all had strong rides
today on a bumpy course. Ian Drake came home
in 10th in the V45 catergory, David Hunt

David Hunt

David Hunt

finished 26th in the V40 catergory, Ian Fairy
crossed the line in 22nd in the V45 catergory
and unfortunately Christoper Thacker was unable
to finish the race today but his 1st lap time
shows he was riding strong.

Christopher Thacker

Christopher Thacker

Ian Fairy & Ian Drake

Ian Fairy & Ian Drake

Finally we had Lewis Tarnai-Wilson riding in the
last race of the day which was the Seniors which
got underway at 14:30. Lewis got off to a
reasonable start slotting in about 14th into the
first series of corners. He was looking strong

Lewis Tarnai-Wilson

Lewis Tarnai-Wilson

for the most part of the race until the race
found him out and on the last half of lap he was
beginning to tire causing him to take a small
tumble on one of the greasy corners. He pushed
hard for the remainder of the lap but was unable
to get back the position he lost. He eventually
he rolled home in 13th place.