Our first ever cyclocross event on Sunday attracted a field of 135 riders.
The event involved cyclists racing a challenging off-road circuit which included a stream crossing, steep ascents where bike carrying was the only option, technical descents, mud and rock. Based loosely around our purpose built mountain bike track, it was well received by riders and acknowledged as tough but enjoyable.
Multiple Three Peaks Cyclocross winner, Rob Jebb, riding for Barnoldswick-based Hope Factory Racing, was the overall victor and first veteran over 40, with Skipton’s Ian Taylor, former World Masters Champion, in second overall and first over 45. Third overall and highest placing senior was David Powell, of Horwich CC.
First lady was Kendal’s Helen Jackson with Tom Blenkinsop, of Bronte Tykes taking the spoils in the youth section. Fourth overall and first junior was Tom Whitworth.
The event, organised by Giggleswick Outdoor Pursuits (OP), attracted competitors from under eights through all age groups.
Pupil, Will Scholey, competing in his first ever cyclocross race, came third in the under 14s on a bike borrowed from Hope and teachers Pete Keron and course designer Kevin Smith also took part.
Chris Wright, Head of Giggleswick OP, said: “The event was a great success and I would like to thank everyone who rode, supported in any way and helped out. We hope it might become a Yorkshire Cyclocross Association ‘points’ event in future years, which would attract more riders as non-points races tend to clash with National Trophy fixtures. We have a wonderful venue and a first class cyclocross course.”