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Go Race Series 2009 by Welsh Cycling

Go-Race Round 1 Alyn Waters 3rd October

Report from Lucy Marshall

Despite an unpleasant weather forecast the sun shone (and the rain only spat) on all who raced at Alyn Waters.

First race off was youth and juvenile. Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC) dominated from the gun and gained a clear victory in Juveniles. Geena Fraser wasn’t put off by being the only girl and got stuck in with the boys to finish strongly in eighth place overall (first Juvenile girl). Special mention must also go to William Lewis (High Peak Cycles) who came all the way from Glossop to race finishing 7th.

In the under 10’s and under 12’s a strong break away of three (Sol Kerfoot-Robson, Peter Stewart and Joe Barnwell) worked well together throughout creating a clear gap over the rest of the field before fighting it out for the honours. Joe Barnwell (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) won the under 12’s with Sol Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC) taking the win in under 10’s with the narrowest of margins over Peter Stewart (Rhyl CC).

The under 8’s was another close race with the entire field of four finishing within 10 seconds of each other after trading places throughout. Benjamin Bright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) led the field round to start the second lap before tiring and finishing third. This left Samuel Jones and William Harding (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) to sprint for the line with Samuel winning by a wheel width.

The series continues on Saturday 10th October at Bryn Gwyn moto-cross course near Maeshafn.

Go-Race Round 2 Bryn Gwyn 10th October

Race report by Lucy Marshall:


The Go-Race North East series moved on to a new venue never before used for mountain bike racing. Heavy rain in the week before the race made some sections muddy and the climb technical and challenging for all.

The Fon family (Dyffryn Conwy) dominated the morning’s races with Gari winning the juvenile race whilst Gruff took third. It wasn’t long before younger brother Elis crossed the finish line to add second in the under 12’s to an impressive set of results for the family.

The juvenile girls race saw Lottie Cooper (Kona1bike1) winning in her first race in the category beating round one winner Geena Fraser (Coed Llandegla NWMBA).

Joe Barnwell (Clwb BMD/NWMBA) dominated from the gun to record his second win of the series in the Under 12’s. Meanwhile in the Under 10’s Peter Stewart (Rhyl CC) put in a blistering lap and hung on to win to take the lead in the series.

The final two rounds of the North East series are at Coed Llandegla on the 17th and 24th of October.

Go-Race Round 3

Race report by Lucy Marshall:

Go-Race North East Round 3: Coed Llandegla 17th October


Another beautiful day greeted the riders at Round three of the North East series at this popular venue. Many new faces joined regular participants as the series builds towards it’s finale next week (24th October Coed Llandegla). With the best three results counting for the series competition was fierce in all categories as riders pushed for series victories.

In the Juvenile boys race James Harding (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) continued his consistent run with his third second place as riders traded positions around him. The Juvenile girls were not daunted by starting on the front of the grid. After a disappointing result last week Geena Fraser (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) headed up the start straight on the wheel of Youth boy Scott Taylor (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) and ground out an impressive lead to win the girls race with a time that would have placed her fourth in the boys race. Second placed girl Lottie Cooper (1Bike1/Kona) chased hard finishing as 7th fastest Juvenile rider.

 The Under 10 boys race featured a breathtaking sprint finish for third place with Thomas Winsland pipping Nicholas Clark on the line. Dafydd Keating (CBMDC) continued his charge up the results table having put the mechanical problems of the first and second rounds behind him to finish in second place.

The Under 12 and Under 10 girls were closely matched with Erin Hughes taking the Under 12’s win whilst experienced mountain biker Amy Spoule-Devlin (NWMBA/CBMDC) took the Under 10’s victory ahead of Ella Bright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA).

The Under 8 boys was another close race with round 1 winner Sam Jones (Birkenhead North End CC) leading the field into the rooty singletrack in the forest and round 2 winner William Harding leading them out. Sam and Ben Bright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) chased hard across the reservoir but could not catch William before the finish.

The final round is next Saturday with many series positions still up for grabs.

Photos of round 3 are available at www.turniptowers.co.uk

Go-Race Round 4

Race report by Lucy Marshall:

Go-Race North East Round 4: Coed Llandegla 24th October

After three amazing weeks the weather fairies let us down as riders were greeted by rain and fog for the final round of the North East Series. This didn't daunt the brave and hardy souls who lined up for the mud-fest at Coed Llandegla.

Scott Taylor (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) had close competition in the Youth boys race. He put his experience to use and stalked Joseph O'Riordan throughout their four laps and was perfectly positioned to capitalise when Joseph slipped entering the finish straight sprinting past him to win by the narrowest of margins.

The Juvenile girls race was hotly contested with five riders on the line. The series title was up for grabs with Lottie Cooper (1Bike1/Kona) needing to beat Geena Fraser (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) in order to tie the series. The first two laps were close with Lottie putting her kayaking experience to good use to gain a narrow lead. A fall on the third lap ended Geena's chances of closing the gap and she had to be content with second place on the day sharing the series win with Lottie. Moira Davies (Sport City) maintained a strong pace throughout to take third place on the day from a tiring Hannah Bird (CBMDC).

Meanwhile the boys race was dominated by new faces. Bryn Davies (Sport City) led from the start to win by over two minutes. The Fon family (CBMDC) were unable to repeat their dominance of round two with Gari taking second and Gruff finishing in sixth. Fifth place in the final round was enough to secure second place in the series for George Taylor (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) behind James Harding (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) who missed the final round having already secured the series with consistent second places in the first three rounds.

Joe Barnwell (NWMBA/CBMDC) completed his clean sweep with his fourth win of the series in the under 12's whilst Peter Stewart (Rhyl CC) gained his third win in the Under 10's series. Tom Winsland pushed Peter all the way finishing second on the day and in the series. Dafydd Keating (CBMDC) continued his good form to take third in the series and the race.

Amy Devlin (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) relished the conditions as she dominated the Under 10 girls race with her second victory over Ella Bright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA).

As the weather improved the condition of the course deteriorated. Already muddy sections deepened to hub height in places as the Under 8 boys took to the course. They charged up the start straight in a tight bunch with the lead changing through the wooded singletrack section. The rooty singletrack alongside the reservoir claimed another victim as Ben Bright (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) literally slipped into third place. Newcomer Luca Villano (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) battled the elements to cross the line ahead of Sam Jones (Birkenhead North End CC). William Harding (Coed Llandegla NWMBA) missed the final round but had already done enough to win the NE Wales series now we move to racing in North West Wales beginning at world famous Coed y Brenin where NWMBA first held nearly 20 years ago.

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