Round 2 race report

Under 10s cyclo-cross race
The second round of the Bromley Go-Ride Racing League saw some exciting racing on a challenging course, with 36 riders taking part in the event hosted by Go-Ride Penge on Saturday 20 November.

Round 2 saw a change of format, with a twisting cyclo-cross course winding its way around the wet and slippery playing fields of Alexandra School in Penge. With the largest age category on the day being the Under 8s, it promised to be an exciting morning!

Race One – Individual Time Trial

Round 2 time trial

On the starting line for the Under 10s time trial

The first race saw riders up against the clock in a sprint time trial around one of the less technical parts of the course. In the Under 8s race, newcomer Calum Pinder, on his first Go-Ride outing, won by a narrow margin from overall league leader Cameron McIntyre.

In a repeat of the result from Round 1 in Norman Park, the Under 10s category saw Imogen Meers take top spot, beating her Bigfoot team mate Irfan Zaman into second place.

In the Under 12s race, Fraser Spooncer of Penge built on his impressive second place in the Round 1 time trial to take top spot this time, with Sam Hopkins from Bigfoot taking second place.

The smallest group of the day, the Under 14s, was one of the closest-fought, with the lead changing hands until the final rider – Liam Burns. Tom Smith came in second making it a Penge one-two.

Race Two – Cyclo-Cross Race

Avoiding the obstacle

The dismount and remount was a first for these novice racers

A winding 800 metre circuit, with obstacles requiring a dismount, dips and climbs was always going to be challenging for novice riders, but across all the age categories the riders performed brilliantly. Their determination to do their best was just amazing, and every rider should be really proud of themselves.

In the Under 8s race, lasting one lap, Calum Pinder won again, prompting a rush from the three clubs to sign him up! League leader Cameron McIntyre came in second, suggesting that we should be in for a good contest as the League progresses.

The Under 10s race saw Imogen Meers once again beat Bigfoot team mate Irfan Zaman into second place, over two laps of the circuit, leaving Imogen 8 points clear at the top of the league. You can be sure that Irfan will be looking to turn the tables in Round 3!

League leader Callum McIntyre from Bigfoot won the three-lap Under 12s race, beating time trial winner Fraser Spooncer from Penge into second place. With both riders close together at the top of the league, Round 3 should be interesting.

Tom Smith of Penge wins

Tom Smith of Penge takes the chequered flag

With a four lap race for the Under 14s, setting a steady pace was essential. Bigfoot’s Michael Chambers started very fast, leading the first lap by some margin, but as the race progressed he paid the price for his early efforts and dropped back down the field. The race was eventually won in style by Tom Smith of Penge, followed a few lengths behind by Shaun Morrall, riding for Priory Go-Ride.

All in all Round 2 was a great success, with a great circuit, exciting racing, and fantastic hospitality from Go-Ride Penge. And although the weather was cold, a supply of tea, coffee and hot dogs kept everyone very happy.

Round 3 will be held at Priory School in Orpington on 12 February.

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