Beth Crumpton (Storey Racing) and Toby Barnes (Lichfield City CC) used their strength to great effect as they clinched victory in the women’s and men’s races at round three of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.
The man-made banks at Johnsons’ Coaches Liveridge Hill provided a tough event organised by Stratford CC.
Earlier rain which made for muddy conditions dried by the afternoon and for the senior men’s event the ground had firmed up.
Round one winner Barnes led from start to finish in the senior event gradually increasing his unassailable lead throughout the race to win by over a minute.
Behind junior riders Simon Wyllie (Halesowen A&CC) and Daniel Barnes (Lichfield City CC) led the charge behind.
Wyllie pulled clear on the second lap and was a lone chaser while Barnes fell away and Samuel Morris (Revolution Racing) came through to take third.
Barnes took second junior and David Hird (Halesowen A&CC) was third.
Toby Barnes said: “When we arrived at the course it seemed really muddy but by the time we raced it had completely dried out.
“It was a tough course with the banks and I went hard from the start and got a gap so kept pushing on from there.
“I was a bit annoyed last week as I crashed which allowed Lewis (Askey) to get a away from me so it was nice to get a second win.”
After suffering a rare defeat last weekend Darren Atkins (Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear) returned to the top spot in the veteran over-40 category.
Last week’s veteran’s winner Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) was left chasing behind for second while Gareth Scott (Bicicielo) took third.
In the women’s event similar to the first round Crumpton went head-to-head with junior rider Harriet Harnden (T-Mo Racing).
In the first round a twisted chain cost Crumpton a chance at the victory but she made no mistake on this occasion.
Crumpton attacked on the third lap and used her road strength to power up the muddy banks and to pull out a winning margin of 37 seconds.
Behind Xan Crees beat her junior Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.com team-mate Alderney Baker to take third place overall on the day.
Karen Summers (unattached) took the veteran women’s victory finishing a minute and a half ahead of Sally Reid (Brotherton Cycles) in second and Amanda Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) in third.
“It was muddy this morning but it dried up and by the time we raced it was just a bit sticky and sloggy,” said Crumpton
“Hattie (Harnden) turned up so we had a race on and we raced together for the first two laps. Then on the third lap I attacked and pushed on and managed to get a gap.
“The course was really strength sapping and there was no recovery and the climbs were really quite tough.
“I won a road race in Sheffield yesterday so it was nice to get a double weekend win. I’m feeling really strong at the moment and I’m racing in the Czech Republic next week before travelling to Slovenia a day later.”
Once again the veteran’s over-50 event was dominated by Stephen Knight (Team Jewson MI Racing) finishing a minute and 41 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
After a slower start Stephen Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) kept his lap times consistent to take a clear second place passing Kirby Bennett (Team Jewson MI Racing) who finished third.
Kieran Riley (Langdale Lightweights) made it two wins from two in the youth boys category in sticky conditions taking a 35 seconds victory.
Ben Askey (RST/Cycle Division Racing Team) kept the pressure on the leader throughout the race but had to settle for second place while Alex Barker (Team Backstedt/Hotchillee) finished third.
In the under-14s event Max Greensill (Rapid Racer Products) took his first win of the season finishing over a minute clear of Spencer Corder (Rotor Race Team) with Tomos Pattinson (Halesowen A&CC) finishing third.
Isla Mason (Team Empell Cyclo-Cross.com) clinched his first victory of the series in the under-16 girls event.
She was chased home by Daphne Jones (Mid Shropshire Whls) while first under-14 Ellie Swingell (Halesowen A&CC) finished third overall.
Hannah Cockroft (unattached) finished second under-14 while Posie Forrester (Wyre Forest CRC) took third.