NC National CX TrophyWelland Valley CC had riders contesting round one of the 2017-18 HSBC UK | Cyclo-Cross National Trophy in Derby at opposite ends of the age bands.

After many weeks of league action, Britain's best cyclo-cross riders tested their fitness and skills on a course that followed the contours of the land as well as throwing in some man-made obstacles including a 60m sand pit, hurdles, bridge and wooden steps. With so many riders, the event was staged over two days.

On Saturday, World Masters 70 years plus, Vic Barnett was back on the startline of a National Trophy. Contesting the Over 50 age group, the Welland rider was gridded at the rear of the field. This did not worry Vic as he continues to race and train hard in preparation for his World title defence in December.

After a good start Vic started to pass his younger competitors and finish 64th.

24 hours later, young Dominic Switzer contested the Under 14's event. To step up from league racing and sample racing against national opposition shows great determination and dedication. The Leicester High School schoolboy has been mixing his school sports, particularly rugby, with his passion for cycling with great results.
Starting at the rear of the pack Dom rode an identical race to his clubmate and training partner Vic Barnett.

Dom gave everything from the start to the finish to secure a highly rewarding 30th place.

Both riders will now return to concentrating on League events over the next few weeks.

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