HUDDERSFIELD Road Club promoted the fifth round of the Yorkshire Points Cyclo-cross series at Huddersfield New College, with 200 cyclists competing in a highly-successful event.
Although the five events were held on a very blustery day, the standard of racing was excellent, with Scott Woodhead of West Pennine CC claiming the opening victory for youths from Joe Moses of Bronte Wheelers and a field of 22.
Jake Womersley of Mirfield was seventh overall and second Under 14, while sister Rebecca was second girl. Jake and Kyle Wilson of Holmbridge and Huddersfield Road Club also competed, riding their first cyclo-cross.
With 46 entries for the increasingly-popular Under 12 category, it was decided to run two races – one for Under 8s and one for Under 12s.
Jimmy Harding of East Bradford took the Under 8s race from the Road Club’s Tom Whitworth. Evie Dobson of Hall Bower was second girl in eighth place.
Other local youngsters competing included Ruby Boyes, Ruby Whitham, Adam Bailey and Holly and Florence Whiteley.
In the Under 12 race, Seacroft’s Chris Barnes took the honours, with Golcar’s Toby Edwards 15th and third Under 10.
With 78 starters, the Veterans and Ladies produced a dominant performance from series leader Matt Denby from Keighley.
Making a now rare cyclo-cross appearance in seventh place was Longwood’s Richard Binks, riding for Triangle RT.
Other locals were Star Wheelers’ Giles Bailey and Graham Piccavey, Golcar’s Richard Edwards and the Road Club’s Dawn Hartley, who was fifth lady.
In the senior and juniors event, the best local rider was Batley CC’s Jonny Limebear, with the Road Club’s Owen Mitton and Mark Saxton and Darren McDowell of Star Wheelers also in action.
MATT GREEN (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) was crowned Huddersfield Cycling Association Champion 2008 after finishing third overall in the HCA Hill Climb.
On a tough 1,320-yard ascent of Ripponden Bank, Green finished in 4min 10.5sec.
Last year’s winner, Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan.co.uk), repeated the act by covering the distance in a winning time of 3-28.6 to slice six seconds off the course record.
Organiser Paul Brierley (Huddersfield Road Club) completed the course in 5-00.9 to finish fastest veteran.