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London Cyclo-cross League Team Championships - 10th February 2013

The final race in the 2012 / 2103 cyclo-cross season is the Team Championships where riders enter in teams of 3 or 4 representing their club. Anyone who is associated with Sutton CC would have been proud to have seen the course awash with a sea of yellow, blue and white! Many people commented that it was a takeover bid by Sutton CC.

Not only that, the club did fantastically well - despite the conditions. It rained all day and the course was a river of mud. I didn't see many smiles on the day but that was probably because I could hardly recognise anyone through the mud caked over their faces. Despite this, everyone got stuck in and rode their very best. Thanks for turning out in such atrocious conditions - there were a few washing machines working overtime on Sunday night!

Under 12

We entered four U12 teams comprising thirteen U10 and U12 riders. Our first team home consisted of Luke Ashwood, Jamie Walker and Lewis Glaysher who did brilliantly by coming second overall. The other teams came in a very creditable 6th, 7th and 9th. Well done to you all.

Youth

By now conditions had deteriorated badly (wind, rain you get the picture) but our eleven intrepid riders stuck with it. Louis Suggett did really well coming 3rd in the race and along with his team mates Harry Clarke, Aidan Woolven and George White the team came in second. Just behind them in 3rd was another team from Sutton CC and, not to be outdone, our team made up of younger youth riders came in 7th. This was a really tough race - thank you all for trying so hard.

Seniors

Our senior teams were made up of ten riders - two juniors (these guys are good) and eight veterans (these parents and coaches try hard - read into that what you will!)

Our juniors Liam Earl and Chris McGovern stormed round the course and individually came 8th and 13th respectively. All riders finished, which on its own is quite something, with the teams coming in 7th, 29th and 31st. Hopefully Liam and Chris will have some younger legs to join their team next year.

In the awards ceremony celebrating the season-long race series Liam Earl was awarded the trophy for being the No1 junior rider in the London and South East League with Chris McGovern coming close behind in second place. Both great results - "good job".

Many thanks must go to Gavin Cook and Lance Mead who dedicate many, many hours to coaching our riders.

Dave Blackman

Team Manager


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