Cyclo-cross is traditionally a winter sport, where riders love being knee deep in mud battling the elements.

In a total contrast, 60 plus competitors turned up for the Crown Hills Summer Cross and faced the challenge of racing in temperatures soaring over 30 degrees on a sun baked course.

The Welland Valley promotion was initially designed to give the Whizz Kids another racing experience as part of the British Cycling Go-Racing package. It was then decided to add on an adult's race under the banner of Go-Cross.

The Whizz Kids raced brilliantly and showed great skills on the cambers. It was Huw Wilson who set a blistering pace to take a convincing victory in the under 12's, Dan Henderson was third.

With riders aged from 5 years old upwards, all of the youngsters gave 100%. Jamie Kershaw, Hannah Henderson, Ruby Collins, Andrew Deathridge, Ella Baisent, Brooke Traynor and Dan Holton all showed great 'skillage'.

A small field took to the startline in the under 16's: Kian Traynor was chased all the way to the finish line by Dom Switzer - Dom had earlier finished in the pack at Curborough and was riding in an age group up.

As Kian got faster and faster over the 20 minutes, his skill level never dropped and he looked 'cool' in the hot conditions.

Fay Garner produced consistent lap times to finish third, next was Will Perkins and Ben Brant. Again the mid week skills came to the fore as the riders showed great confidence and agility.

Big respect to the youngsters as they worked hard in difficult conditions.

The 16 years plus event - Go Cross - was held on a 1.4km course taking in the perimeter of the grounds on the inner city college.

The flow of the course produced some close racing and enabled those new to the sport to sample a typical cross course.

It was former National cross champion, Dan Booth - Hope RT - that took the victory ahead of Matt Barrett and Kristian Bravin.

Hans van Nierop was the best placed WVCC rider in 6th, just sneaking into the top 10 in 9th was Vic Barnett. Vic was using the event as his last 'blast' before heading to Andorra to defend his World MTB title.

13 Welland riders scorched round circuit, special mention to Julie Garner who contested her first race and Wayne Holton who tamed the technical course.

Full results - Crown Hills Summer Cross


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