RISING star Amira Mellor produced another winning performance in testing conditions in round eight of the Yorkshire Points Winter Cyclo-Cross series.

Conditions at Bingley’s Myrtle Park were by far the worst of the year and many riders suffered mechanical problems in the mud and fallen leaves.

In the Youth girl race Mellor (Holme Valley Wheelers) was first home with another gutsy performance, but in the boys race clubmate Joe Williams was riding well before he became the first local casualty when thick mud tore off his rear gear.

Harry Hardcastle (Kirklees Cycling Academy) was first Under 14 boy with a strong ride, while clubmate Fin Cooper was again on the podium in the Under 12 race, finishing second behind Jenson Young (Pedalsport), with Holme Valley’s Louis Cook in third and Kirklees CA rider Josh Greenwood was fourth.

Alex Bailey (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) was second in the Under 10 Boys and clubmate Ruby Boyes was third in the Under 12 Girls race. Sisters Beth and Esther Howarth were second and third respectively in the Under 8 Girls.

In the Veterans race John Hick, from Honley, put in a fine performance to finish ninth, while his son Oliver was first placed Under 8 boy.

In the Senior race Andrew Carr (Sowerby Bros) was 13th, David and Tim Beachill (both Conditions Road Club) finished 11th and 23rd respectively, while Ivan Boyes and Giles Bailey (both Huddersfield Star Wheelers) finished in 20th and 26th respectively.

Steve Rimmer (Holme Valley Wheelers) clinched 32nd, in a race where Andy Peace of Crosstrax took the win.

Sunday club rides continue to flourish for both Huddersfield Clubs.

Holme Valley Wheelers meet for family rides which are usually between 20 and 25 miles. They meet at New Mill Post Office at 9am and all riders are welcome.

Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ Sunday rides are proving popular, with two rides, a moderately paced 45 to 55 miles, and a more advanced pace 55 to 65. Both leave Huddersfield Rail Station at 9am.