Pave Velo held the 6th round of the South West Cyclo-cross series at St Austell, Cornwall on Sunday, 26th October.
The day started off with the under 8s race in dry conditions and still no sign of mud. A field of around 15 riders competed with Max Standen and Louis Garnsworthy fighting it out for first place. Max held a good lead over Louis for the first part of the race, until back markers made the race more complex. Max and Louis both ended up getting caught and it was Louis who managed to find a gap in the field and make a break away, with Max now chasing. Louis managed to keep a just ahead of Max which ended up in a sprint until the finish line.
The under 10s and 12s race started off with a younger rider from the South West making a break for the lead straight away. Young rider Toby Peters managed to create a half-lap lead until mechanical issues struck. Second place rider, Sam Medlyn from One and All racing now had the advantage, however Toby took on the challenge and gave chase, managing to claw his way back into first place. Meanwhile Pilgrim flyers rider Leon Dawes and Edward Armstrong from Taw Velo fought it out for the final place on the podium. Edward managed to keep a good lead until the final lap and after letting his guard down managed forth place overall. Ellen Garnsworthy continued with her domination of the girls race and once again managed first place for the under 10 girls, thus ensuring her lead and mission to win the overall girls title.
The under 16s and Novice race finished with first places going to, Taw Velo riders George Armstrong and Graham Garnsworthy. George took an early lead and set a blistering pace at just over 3 minutes per lap, second place rider James Bowen Camel Valley CTC and Novice rider Graham could not match the youngster’s speed and skill on the course, especially when he was managing to ‘catch air’ going over the table top obstacles.
The senior race had a strong field of 83 riders. The course now being much longer and involving the ‘brewery steps’ meant riders had more of a challenge, not only having to ride through St Austell Brewery and resist the temptation of beer, but also had to contest with a series of steps and high banks and finally a bit of mud. The overall winner was Dexter Hurlock of Mondraker UK, who is ranked 13th nationally, gave a master class in Cyclo-cross racing.