The first weekend of the New Year saw riders from Rugby Velo in action at Chantry Park, Ipswich in the National Cyclo-cross Championships.
The weather was kind remaining dry throughout and quite mild with only light winds so no excuses there.
The course was mainly on grass and much to the dismay of some relatively free of mud. Apart from a few tight slippery corners the biggest obstacle was a couple of planks across the course on an uphill section that required riders to dismount and port their bikes over.
These planks seem to grow in height on every lap and riders could be seen cursing on their approach.
Having posted some good performances all season, all eyes were on Pete Mooney to be the first on the podium in the over 60s but his legs failed him and had to settle for 4th.
In the over 55s Greg Elson was finished pleased with his 13th place.
Velo’s best chance of success came in the over 45s category with five riders taking part and they weren’t to be denied.
Phil Roach produced one of his customary fast starts but was later caught and past Yorkshire’s Chris Young who went on to win and Phil having to settle for silver.
n In the melee behind Dave Garrett won the battle amongst his teammates finishing 29th with Gary Hipwell 30th, Garry Townsend 32nd and Mark Humphries 34th.
n On the Sunday all the team support was behind the younger riders but results were not to come their way.
Jeremy Hicks finished 17th in the under 23’s race and James Garrett 27th in the juniors.
Picture of Dave Roach courtesy of British Cycling