Young Toby is a winner on familiar territory

Sometimes it's easier to give it a lift...action from Sunday's cyclo-cross
Sometimes it's easier to give it a lift...action from Sunday's cyclo-cross

Local competitors Toby Kershaw, Chris Taylor and Rick Crabtree put in bold showings at Sunday’s Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association event at Centre Vale Park.

Toby, who lives a stone’s throw from the venue, won the under 10s race and his dad Tim was in the top 10 of his event before having to retire because his bike was choked up with mud.

Taylor, who was brought up in Todmorden but now lives in Elland, came third in the veterans 40 race and that was enough to give him success in the nine-race series.

Crabtree, a Todmorden lad but now living in Sowerby Bridge, was 12th in the main race behind winner Mike Thompson, a national junior champion.

Thompson, 18 and from Teesside, was a clear cut winner.

The women’s winner was ex-world champion downhill racer Tracey Mosley from the Malvern Hills in the Worcestershire area.

Seven races provided almost non-stop action from 10.30am until 3.0 pm.

There were separate races for under eights, 10s, 12s, 16s and over 40s. The over 50s and women raced at the same time before the main event for the seniors (18 to 39) and juniors (16 to 18).

Competitors had to complete as many laps as possible within a time limit, ranging from 10 minutes for the youngsters to an hour for seniors.

The circuit of around a mile in and around Centre Vale Park took entrants over a variety of surfaces.

The mud made life difficult for many entrants and the top racers made good use of the small pit area.

Some changes bikes after each lap, their assistants having around eight minutes to clean the spare bike using powered jet washers and wheely bins full of water.

Half a dozen marshals helped put on the event and and a Samba band from Hebden Bridge added to the atmosphere.

Chris Taylor, who sealed the vet 40 series win in the Yorkshire Points yesterday was brought up in tod and now lives over elland way I think. Rick Crabtree, in the seniors, was a Tod lad but now lives in Sowerby Bridge but the majority of the Pedalsport are from the Halifax end of the valley.

I don’t know of any other Tod folk that took part.