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Mosquito/Kinesis London Cyclo-cross League #9
Hillingdon, London, December 8, 2002
By Abigail Armstrong
After completing a lap of the road circuit Team Y2K rider Jody Crawforth led the field onto the dirt.
Crawforth wasted no time in establishing a lead and at the end of lap 2 he was away with a group made up of Mick Bell (London Fire Brigade), Ian Field (San Fairy Ann), Warrick Spence (Bikepark.co.uk), Matt Holmes (Arctic 2002/Shortford) and a French rider a handful of seconds down.
Just off this group were Steven Price (De Laune CC) and Ben Lockwood (Invicta CC).
Field lost contact when he punctured twice in successive laps whilst Crawforth seemed to be romping to victory, but in a flurry of action, Spence attacked and Crawforth punctured.
When Crawforth had rejoined the race he was just a few seconds ahead of Spence who had a good lead over the rest. The French bloke and Holmes had in turn prised themselves off the chase leaving Bell to ride to the Veterans category alone.
Spence muttered that his legs had gone and he responded when told that he had got close to the leader. Crawforth in turn reacted and pulled out a few more seconds to win with Spence some 20 seconds down.
Holmes had pulled ahead of the French fella to take 3rd. Once more we saw a race that contained many great battles for London League Points.
David Woods (VC Deal), James Coop (VC Deal) and Amy Thompson (Bikeplus) went wheel to wheel in the early stages of the Youth race. Thompson fell back to leave the VC Deal duo to contest 1st spot and with the race half run Coop attacked and built a winning lead. Thompson meanwhile had a second wind and was chasing hard and she moved into 2nd when Woods pulled out and she continued to cut Coop's advantage. Coop took the win from Thompson with Tom Smart (VC Deal) in 3rd.
Seniors/Women/Juniors/Veterans 1 Jody Crawforth (Team Y2K) 53.45 2 Warwick Spence (Bikepark) 0.40 3 Herve Rivoalen (E.S. Maintenon) 0.45 4 Matt Holmes (Arctic Shorter RC) 0.50 5 V Mick (Bell London Fire Brigade) 1.15 6 Steven Price (De Laune CC) 2.10 7 John Wood (Finsbury Park) 8 Shawn Blakey (Finsbury Park) 9 Stuart McGhee (Evans RT) at 1 lap 10 Andy Seltzer (East Grinstead CC) 11 Ray Coop (VC Deal) 12 Neil Simpson (London Phoenix) 13 Clive Evans (Beyond MTM) 14 Paul Warner (Team Darenth) 15 R Munday (Addiscombe CC) 16 Marc Burden (London Phoenix) 17 J Mulholland (Reading CC) 18 Paul Holdsworth (Hounslow & District Whs) 19 N Spurling (Finsbury Park) 20 M Fawcett (London Phoenix) 21 Sam Gardner (Evans RT) 22 G Rumples (CC Luton) 23 Jon Sharpe (Saucony) 24 Jon Lewis (Charlotteville) 25 Chris Remnant (Hairgroves/Trant/NSQ) 26 Tom Underhill 27 Arnaud Rivoalen (ES Maintenon) 28 Mark Silver (Hounslow & District Whs) 29 Simon Scarsbrook (VC Etoile) 30 M Russell (VC Meudon) 31 Konrad Manning (Finsbury Park CC) 32 Carl McDonagh (Brixton) 33 M Cole (Addiscombe) 34 Mark Wyer (London Phoenix) at 2 laps 35 Rik Tavis (INIGFAR.RT) 36 Peter Ruffhead (Arctic RT) 37 D Bryson (London Phoenix) 38 Mark Wade (VC Deal) 39 David Steele (London Phoenix) 40 Ian Field (SFACC/Senacre) 41 Andrew Scarsbror (VC Etoile) 42 Roger Hornby (Catford CC) 43 M Ansell (Festival RC) at 3 laps 44 D H (Smith Catford CC) 45 Nigel Dickinson (Farnborough & Camberley CC) 46 Craig Tindall (Finsbury Park CC) at 4 laps 47 Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) 48 Stephanie Betts (London Phoenix) 1st Vet Mick Bell (London Fire Brigade) 1st Junior Ian Field (SFA CC Senacre) 1st Lady Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) 1st Team John Wood (Finsbury Park) Shawn Blakey (Finsbury Park) N Spurling (Finsbury Park) U10 Race, approx. 2 miles 1 Sam Johnson (VC Deal) 10:56 2 Max Sykes (VC Deal) 3 Liam White (VC Deal) 4 Serena Butler (VC Deal) at 1 lap 5 Greter Warner (Team Darenth) 6 Holly Butler (VC Deal) at 2 laps U12 Race, approx. 3 miles 1 Michael Battle (VC Deal) 15.00 2 James Wade (VC Deal) 3 Samanth Bryant (Team Darenth) 4 Oliver wakeman (Aston Hill/PP Velo/BOB Southern Downhill) 5 Thomas Harcombe (Hounslow & District Wheelers) Youth Race, approx 7.5 miles 1 James Coop (VC Deal) 29.35 2 Amy Thompson (Bike Plus) 1.25 3 Tom Smart (VC Deal) 3.17 4 Gareth Dickinson (Farn & Camberley CC) 3.50 5 Tom Crawforth (PPV) 6.49 6 Alex Paton (VC Deal) 8.10 7 Katy Wade (VC Deal) at 1 lap 8 Tom Dutton (VC Deal)Previous results from the UK