Cyclo-Cross National Trophy round 4 at Torbay velopark

James Bovey

The fourth round of the Cyclo-Cross National Trophy took place at Torbay velopark, which was hosted by the Mid Devon Cycling club. Approximately 1500 spectators gathered to witness 366 riders compete in this renowned series under ideal cyclocross conditions. The event boasted the presence of numerous British, European, and World champions, raising the competition’s standard to an impressive level. Surprisingly, the local riders performed exceptionally well, holding their ground on their home turf, which was covered in mud. Robin Delve, a current European v65 club member, secured an impressive fourth place, while James Bovey achieved a commendable eleventh position in the v50 category. The course designer, Martin Smith, finished twenty-third, and Bayley Woodger, who had returned after missing the opening rounds due to a broken collarbone, triumphed by securing a thirty-seventh place, outperforming many of his local rivals. Despite facing unfavourable conditions, Matt Holmes displayed great skill and determination, finishing fifteenth in a highly competitive field. James Allan and Omar Wilson, both club members achieved respectable positions, coming in twenty-seventh and forty-ninth, respectively. The Fox girls, who have shown remarkable progress throughout the year, competed at a national level in all the rounds thus far, producing outstanding results. Lauren, who is in her first year in the two-year age group, finished an impressive sixth, while her sister Eva Fox secured a commendable ninth position. The organizers, Rob Woodger and Martin Smith, expressed their gratitude to all the volunteers, as they received immense support from 75 individuals from the club and other cycling clubs in the southwest. Additionally, they extended their appreciation to Torbay Council, Lex leisure, British Cycling, Dartmoor classic and other sponsors for their generous contributions.

The pits

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