South West Cyclo-Cross League – Round 5, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
Escot Park – beauty and the beast… a proper hard man’s course run in stunning scenery
Four Merlins riders, Joseph & Louis Wright and George & Raffey Watch, competed in the 5th round of the South West Cyclo-Cross league. The event took place on Sunday 15 October at Escot Park. The course was set in the parkland surrounding the House. It contained a mixture of grass, rough track and smooth tarmac sections with a tough climb followed by a technical, twisting descent. It was a testing course with no opportunity to rest up. A real “hard man’s” course but a firm favourite among the riders.
Joseph and Louis were gridded at the front, with George and Raffey in the middle of the bunch
In the U12s, Joseph hit the front early on and was able to extend his lead on the long, arduous climb. He showed great courage and technique on the demanding descent and good speed on the flatter tarmac sections. Joseph stayed out front taking his 4th win of the Series.
George rode well to make up places from his start position. He had his best race of the season to date out performing many of those riders around him on the climb and in the descent. George enjoyed this course with its many obstacles and varying surfaces finishing inside the top ten in the U12s boy’s race.
In the U10s, Louis had another strong race. Like his brother he was able to stretch out his lead on the tough, punishing climb. He showed great strength and endurance taking his 4th win of the Series.
Raffey rode with great grit just bettering his brother’s result by finishing 9th in the U10s boy’s race. He looked composed throughout the race demonstrating a skill level way beyond his years.
The next race is at Redruth on Sunday 22 October 2017. If anyone is interested in going, whether to ride or just watch, please contact Barnaby for more information.
The return of closed-road town centre cycle-racing to Minehead, last seen in the mid 1990’s, adds an exciting and colourful spectacle to a weekend of attractions and activities. Based around the visit of the world-famous Flying Scotsman to the West Somerset Railway, and the Minehead Railway Station in particular, the town expects to welcome record numbers of visitors, ensuring a great atmosphere for the cycle races. The last winner of this event was former Team Sky rider, Jeremy Hunt in 1995!
Thanks are due to volunteers from Minehead Cycling Club and Minehead Merlins GoRide Club, together with fantastic support from the Minehead Events Group and a vast array of local traders, businesses and other generous supporters including the Town Council.
Race Schedule and Prizes – see below
The clockwise circuit is a flat, fast 1.1k through the town centre, encircling the beautiful Blenheim Gardens, with just a single dead turn and 3 fast corners.
Riders will be protected by barriers around the entire circuit.
Methodist Church Hall, 31 The Avenue TA24 5AY (inside the road closure area)
The start and finish area is in The Avenue, opposite the Old Hospital, immediately adjacent to the HQ.
Free parking is available at West Somerset College, Bircham Road, Alcombe
TA24 6AY. Please park considerately to ensure space is available for later arrivals. If necessary, later arrivals will be directed to an alternative location, a very short distance away. It is approx. 800metres from the College to the Event HQ. (Parking is entirely at your own risk)
NB On-street parking will be very limited due to the large number of visitors to the town.
There are toilets at Event HQ, as well as public toilets in the Coop car park (opposite Event HQ) and in Blenheim Gardens (at the rear of the HQ)
There are no changing facilities.
There are many cafes, pubs and shops around the circuit. Minehead’s reputation as an attractive seaside town depends on these!
The circuit will be closed from midnight Saturday.
MINEHEAD CYCLING CLUB
Paul Butcher, Farleigh, Beacon Road, Minehead TA24 5SE
A huge thanks to all the many sponsors, and to members of Minehead Cycling Club , Minehead Events Group, Town Council and countless other volunteers from the wider community.
Start in The Avenue opposite the Old Hospital (adjacent to the Event HQ) , proceed west to the left of the flower beds to the right (dead) turn at the junction with Bancks St (125m); turn left into Blenheim Road (190m) then right into North Road (550m); and right again into The Avenue (810m) to the Start/Finish area and completion of one circuit (1070m)
Youth E riders will race only in The Avenue, using dead turns at either end.
Opposite the Old Hospital/Event HQ.
Riders should assemble at the start 5 minutes before your race start.
There are 10 minute gaps between races allowing opportunity for riders to familiarize themselves with the circuit. Beware pedestrians may also use this time to cross the course. There may also be some traffic movement during this time, subject to marshal control.
There is ample space to set up rollers/turbos around the circuit but please ensure you do not obstruct pavements and other rights of way.
Lapped riders must not obstruct faster riders or take pace from a lapping rider or group.
Lapped riders may be pulled out of the race by the commissaires.
IN THE EVENT OF A BLUE LIGHT EMERGENCY THE COMMISSAIRE WILL STOP THE RACE. MARSHALS SHALL WAVE RED FLAGS INDICATING A STOPPAGE. All riders must stop immediately and make their way to the finish area. If possible the race will be restarted with riders placed in their approximate positions as far as possible.
The winning boy and girl in each category will be presented on the Event stage after the finish of their races.
The first 3 in each race, and the winning girl, will be presented with their prizes after the finish of their races.
The first 3 in each race and the winner of each category will be presented with their prizes after the finish of their races.
Special Primes thanks to Fatyak and Minehead Cycling Club
Prizes courtesy of Minehead Town Council
Prizes courtesy of Channel Training
Prizes courtesy of Exmoor Bike
Prizes courtesy of Chambers Bistro
Mens Cat 4
Prizes courtesy of Derek Merson
Womens Cat E/1/2/3/4
Prizes courtesy of Autohaus VW and Julians Dry Cleaning
Thur 27th April: Selworthy Lane
Fri 26th May: Higher Rodhuish Rd, Withycombe
Fri 16th June: Putham Lane, Heath Poult
Thur 20th July: St Michaels Church, North Hill
Fri 18th August: Dunster CastleThurs
A series of High Intensity Training sessions with an
opportunity to have times recorded to compare with others
over the series.
Each hill to be ridden twice. Once in a small group with a coach
then a solo timed ascent.
Please remember that the roads are open to other users (except Dunster Castle).
6:30pm name recording & juvenile consent forms admin.
7:00pm coached small group ascent,followed by individual timed ascent.
If you don’t fancy riding, volunteers are needed to act as time keepers, pushers off etc. Please contact richardboulter@hotmail if you can help.
The 2017 event will be held on 24th September. To enter or for information and 2016 results, go to http://www.porlockhillclimb.co.uk/index.htm.
Minehead cycling Club would like to thank the Porlock Manor Estate for granting us the exclusive use of the Toll Road for this event, and Tanks Direct for sponsorship, and all the help they give with organizing and publicizing the event.