Heat is on at summer cyclo-cross

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Yeadon's Nunroyd Park hosted the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer Series, a race won by Jack Clarkson riding for Team Hope Factory Yeadon's Nunroyd Park hosted the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer Series, a race won by Jack Clarkson riding for Team Hope Factory

THINK of cyclo-cross as a winter pastime? Think again.

The entries for the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer Series back that up, with 248 (156 seniors, 92 juniors) finishing round one at Newsome High School in Huddersfield.

Since then, the statistics have been 218 (158, 60) finishers in round two at Wharfe Meadows, Otley, 160 (110, 50) in round three at Colne Valley High School and 225 at Nunroyd Park, Yeadon (158, 67) for round four.

"I think we will get over 200 seniors (over-14s) starting a round before the series ends," says organiser Fred Rothwell.

"We have already had 173 at Yeadon – and that is before the Tour de France arrives in this area, after which everybody will fancy throwing their legs over a bike."

And do not be fooled either into thinking that it is any less serious than the winter version.

Just look at the finish of the senior race between Jack Clarkson and Nick Barnes at Yeadon for proof.

"They had a tussle down the finishing straight involving elbows and arms and the air was blue," said Rothwell.

"Someone complained about the bad language and said I should use my power as commissionaire to do something about it, although I believe they both apologised for it afterwards on social media."

Hope Factory rider Clarkson from Halifax won by a second from Zepnat RT ace Barnes, who won round one, with Clarkson third, the positions being reversed in round two.

Clarkson also won round three at Colne Valley, with Cononley's Ian Taylor (Jedi Cycle Sport) coming second at Newsome High, Wharfe Meadows and Colne Valley and third at Nunroyd Park.

Among the riders rounding out the top ten this season were Keighley's Alfie Moses (seventh at Newsome, fourth at Wharfe Meadows and Nunroyd Park, ninth at Colne Valley), Bradford's Rob Thackray (ninth at Newsome, sixth at Wharfe Meadows and fifth at Colne Valley) and Haworth's Andy Peace (tenth at Newsome, fifth at Wharfe Meadows, third at Colne Valley and seventh at Yeadon).

Other interlopers in the top ten have been Bradford's Billy Harding (fifth at Newsome), Oxenhope's Matt Denby (tenth at Wharfe Meadows, ninth at Yeadon) and Ilkley's Ed McParland (eighth at Colne Valley).

East Bradford Cycling Club's Euan Cameron has dominated the under-14 races.

Having missed the first round, he has won rounds two, three and four to back up his national title and National Trophy series from last winter.

Jenson Young (Pedalsport) – son of Mike and nephew of Chris – has been keeping Euan company, coming second at Newsome and third at Wharfe Meadows, Colne Valley and Nunroyd Park.

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