Summit All*Star riders were again on song yesterday at the second round of the Gorrick Spring Series held at Crowthorne Woods, Berkshire. This challenging and exciting 4-mile circuit tested riders with technical, twisty singletrack through the trees, a quarry drop-in, some short, sharp climbs and the infamous ‘corkscrew’!
The club fielded its strongest junior team yet – with thirteen riders over 4 age categories.
Youth (15-16) riders were first off the line, racing over two laps of the full adult course. Summit’s Ross Deall (15, from Aylesbury) managed to improve his placing this time out, rising two places up the finishing order to tenth. Joshua Scott (15, from Chalfont St Giles) also faired well on this course, finishing twelfth.
Next to start, also competing over two laps were the Juvenile (13-14) Boys. Traditionally our strongest category, riders again showed their strength with Tom Barrowcliffe (13, from Aylesbury) leading home the team in a strong 9th position. Ollie-Raja Brown (13) was 11th and Jacob Scott (13, from Chalfont St Giles) finished 13th.
With Summit represented by two young riders brand new to racing in the U13 Boys category, Ben Redding (11) and Will Hearn (11) rode exceptionally well to take 7th and 8th place respectively.
The last category of young riders to take to the start line was possibly the largest (and most rowdy!) – the Under 11s. Here, Summit’s largest contingent was led home by a fantastic ride by Ed Campbell (10, from Waddesdon) to finish a very close second. He was followed by William Sheild (10) in 6th, Ben Donald (8, from Chinnor) in 11th, Ted Hearn (9, from Great Missenden) in 12th and Alex Benger (8, from Aylesbury) in 16th. Lucy Allsop (9, from Hyde Heath) again triumphed in the U11 Girls race, with her second win of the season.
Adult club members Grady Laurie and Zoe Allsop finished 45th in the Veteran Male and 5th in the Sport Women categories respectively.
All the riders are looking forward to Sunday 1st March which sees the opening round of the National Rankings qualifying Southern XC Series being held at the very local Black Park, near Slough.