The cross season is now well underway, and the Notts and Derby League is no exception. Round 2 at Markeaton Park in Derby didn't offer a particularly technical course, meaning it would be a test of power and muscular endurance. Round 1 winner, David Fletcher, would be racing again on his Forme Winscar and after such a dominant display last weekend it would be hard to see anyone beating him.
As per usual, the children were off first ranging from the under 9's all the way to the under 16's. The weather held out nicely for all of the racers, although there was a soft layer of mud on the surface splashing up onto the riders while still being fast in the open areas.
Forme had a different display to last week. The Forme MX20 kid's bikes in blue and pink were a highlight for some of the younger riders earlier in the day. The brand new Calver cyclocross frame was on display again with many people still impressed with the low weight and the look of the full build with the American Classic wheels and SRAM groupset.
The senior men's race kicked off at 2 pm promptly with David Fletcher and one other taking an early lead for the first few laps until David pulled away once again showing his power. Congratulations David on another impressive win and the series lead!
The next weekend we were at Shipley Park, known throughout the league community as one of the driest courses in the series. This weekend was a mix up with plenty of mud to go around, and it was a day for a spare bike in the pits.
Without the presence of David Fletcher from Sherwood Pines Cycles in the senior men's race, there was an opportunity for someone else to take the win. However, Sherwood Pines Cycles had another rider in the U14 category. Christopher Hilbert had been showing his prowess winning both of the previous rounds, and he was looking to cement his place at the top of the leaderboards.
Luckily the younger children set off first as the ground would get softer and softer and more riders rode over the same spot. Our very own Adam Biggs, who created the Forme brand, was here supporting his 4-year-old daughter in the U9 race riding on her 18 inch Cuda Performance bike.
Later on in the day was the youth race, the U16 boys go off first with the U14 lads hot on their heels. The fastest of the U14 is Pines Cycles' Christopher Hilbert who led from the start and held his pace until the finish. Great riding considering the course was starting to get slippery.
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