Well true British weather stuck again, all I can say is I dont think it can get any worse for the remaining rounds? A brave 34 riders turned up for a true cross race conditions. The rain was on then off then back on but midway through the main race it was unreal. The races were cut short by a lap or two due to the conditions on the night. Well done to A Martin, M Worton & A Brown for winning their races. A Brown & T Mein won the spot prizes. We managed to get a few pics but problems with water logged camers! https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/MBEAUTUMNRD1 also the results are in the results section. There was two membership cards and jacket left.
The first of the Yorkshire/NE MTB series was at Grandale army base. A tough circuit compaired to last year – photos of todays action here thanks to Muddy Browns Events – free photos for anyone https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247
Also check out the TLI website for info on the Croft Series & Willy T’s two series’s in the NE & 2012 membership, Autumn CX/MTB starts on 15th Aug 2012 http://neccl.co.uk/wordpress/?page_id=237 http://tlicycling.org.uk/Default.aspx
2011/12 Winter Season end. The Season concluded at Hetton Lyons Country Park, followed by the NECCL AGM. Well done to all of our competitors, particularly those who stuck in and completed the necessary minimum five races to qualify as league finishers. The presentation dinner where finishers and winners will receive their prizes and trophies will be arranged for late in February: keep an eye on the website for details. Thanks go to Dave McLean for organising the last event where he devised a cracking course over the varied terrain that Hetton offers, even including an elongated “spiral of death” – perhaps even more challenging and confusing than the basic version. The youngsters races were run off in dry conditions but s shower of rain started the softening process and created a bit of “gravy” on some of the corners for the Seniors. Race action among the Seniors was fast and furious with a group of four battling and exchanging the lead for most of the race until Alan Nixon and Colin Nash pried open some gaps to finish clear of the chasers, Alan taking the honours. Photos here http://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247 and the results will be in the Results Section asap along with the overall League Tables for Winter 2011/12.
The AGM followed with a number of new organisers and committee members coming forward to carry us into next year. Look out for a few new venues appearing in our provisional calendar which will be published here shortly.
What a bang the NECCL WINTER 2010/11 Series went out with, there was 70 people turned upto the Presentation Night at Bowburn Hall where all the 58 riders who finished the League all recieved cash/prizes. We paid out over £1500 worth on the night and no one went away empty handed. Last season has been the best for CX in the NE, we ave 86 riders per round over an 8 event series, ave £100 prizes per event & 21no Free race entry vouchers dished out. As you may have noticed we have not published our 2011/2012 Winter Series dates yet on the web because we are having probs with the ‘other half’ double booking our dates and flooding the season. So you may well see some clashes which is not what we want for us or you as a rider but have not been left with any option. On the plus side though we are still the cheapest CX racing in the NE/UK with main race still a FIVER !! and U14/16 £3 & U12 FREE and every rider that completes the League will be recieve cash/prize at the end, not just 1st place in each category. Most of the 58 riders who qualified in the League had a complety free race season after they recieved there cash prize. Also all our events will be based in the NE keeping to its true roots and tradition so you dont have to drive over 200miles round trip to race for 50mins.
There will be 4no events in the Autumn Starting on 17th Aug followed by 8no events in the Winter and we also have the TLI NAT CX CHAMPS in the region @ Gateshead Stadium on 27th Nov .
On the note of the Autumn Series here are some stats from 2010/11 Series – 248 finished, ave 62 riders per event, 107 individual riders, 42 finished the League and all of them went away with a prize.
Well done to the eleven brave NE riders who drove over to the Lakes on Sunday for the N of E Champs. Youth- 10th J Edmond, 24th E Brady. U12- 1st T Mein. Vet40- 8th J Mein, 28th J Brady, 29th Ed Cooper. Vet 50- 2nd C Featherstone. Sen- 3rd S Ward, 7th T Fawcett, 10th K Murray, 11th M Lewis. Conditions looked like very tough going on the day.
Tragic reminder- if you are planning to go out training back on the roads because the snow is still too deep off road please light yourself up like a Christmas Tree and keep that third eye in the back of your head http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/two-cyclists-killed-in-cumbrian-road-crash-named-1.787634?referrerPath=172.16.1.21/news even in daylight wear a day glo bright top / clothing.
There was a fantastic turount for Rd 3 of the NECCL Winter Series 10/11 with 111 riders competing over the days action. The course was testing plenty of riders skills to the max and tyres grip were pushed to the limits, some times too far ! Race report is in the News section with links to the Photos and the Results are in the Results section. Video Clip links are now in the Race Report. Many thanks to Geoff, Jason, Dave and helpers on the day for a fantastic event.
Well done to the four riders who did the Nat Trophy Rd2 @ Ipswich Vet 40- 21st S Brazier MTS, U16- 25th J Edmond Ferryhill Wheelers, U14- 7th E Brady MTS, Sen- 34th M Lewis MTS. That was some road trip of nearly 600 miles return. Nat Trophy Rd 3 14th Nov @ Mallory Park – there are 8no NE riders entered so good luck.
There was a few NE riders taking on the Challenge of the Nat Trophy, in the Elite Men – 14th S Wearmoth, 29th S Ward, 38th K Murray, Dns/Dnf M Lewis. Vet Men 16th S Brazier, Dns/Dnf R Atkinson. Junior Dnf/Dns A Martin. U14 Girls 8th E Brady. They dont do U12’s results so not sure if young T Mein competed / placed.
Also there is a busy weekend coming up soon with the last Rd of the Keilder Marathon Series Oktoberfest on Sat 16th Oct approx 50k, pre entry & day entry is still avaialble. Also on Sun 17th Oct is the last round of the Nutcracker Series @ the local venue of Hamsetrley Forest– by all accounts it is going to be a ‘Cracking’ course, again pre entry & day entry are available, check out their website for full details.
Yes so much for the dry day that was forecast, it was continuous rain for start to finish for all three races. Hats off to everyone who turned up and competed today, massive turn out for the main race- 72 brave riders & 94 riders in total on the day. In all the 9 years of Darlington that has to the wettest of them all. The course still held up well under the top few inches of mud but was hard going for the slower lads out there. The fast lads were flying around the big circuit in the grounds of Branksome School. The Sponsor for the round http://www.aristocratleisure.co.uk/ paid for all the Kids and Adults prizes, check them out and a Big Thank You. Also a big thank you to Ian,Tony, Richy & Andy inc all the helpers/marshalls from Ferryhill Wheelers & VC167. The Race Report, Results & some Photos are in the NEWS Section .
Yes the 48th 3 Peaks CX event has been and gone for another year. The weather was dry but there was a slight wind (you would understand if you were there). Robb Jebb was the clear winner this year with Nick Craig Runner Up. Photos are now in the gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/scotbrown1/3PeaksCX and the results are here http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/fullresults.html?&eventid=7a00f440-8815-4a47-b609-70b6ce601584&mobile=false NE riders results are in the NEWS section. Congratulations to all the NE who managed to struggle around the 3 humps.
What a fantastic weekend of cycling. The Rugby Ground was open from Friday and there was still quite a few left on the Monday still. The Road Sportif followed the same route as last year with plenty big hills and some fantastic descending on the Saturday. The MTB Marathon followed on the Sunday with over 1200 riders taking on the 4 courses. Great weekend of weather but poured down late on the Sunday night so ended up in the bar talking to Nick Craig who was on his holidays with his family and had been crusing around the 7 Staines. Oh and he was first in the 100K and his oldest son got 4th on the 28K. Well done to all the NE riders both on the Sat & Sun. John and his merry crew set up a great weekend of cycling, bring on next year
Check out some pics here – http://picasaweb.google.com/scotbrown1/CRCMARATHONCYCLOPSSPORTIFSELKIRK