On Sunday the 11th of October, three of the team travelled to East Lancashire for Round Three of the North West Cyclo Cross Association League.
For this event the Inspire VCUK Racing Team were represented by Daniel Gibson, Nathan Hawthorn and Lewis Hartley.
The venue is literally in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by quarries (and gypsies) on the top of an exposed moor.
The dry weather has continued through into October and so the ground was again bone dry. The day started cold with a slight wind chill making it feel particularly autumnal high on the moor.
The moderate field of 33 riders took to the grid and set off for the 30 minute race at 10:50am.
From the gun Charlie Craig looked to be on good form, joined by Lewis Hartley for the first couple of laps. Lewis was keeping up OK but wasn’t looking as good as previous weeks to be fair.
Whilst negotiating an off-camber, Lewis’s rear wheel slipped out and his chain shipped off the cassette. This mechanical issue cost Lewis a significant gap to Charlie as he struggled to unjam the chain from between the cassette and frame. By the time he got going, it was game over in terms of contesting the win but that was far from guaranteed anyway looking at the pace Charlie was setting at the front of the race!
Nathan and Daniel settled into the race quickly and looked comfortable riding in 4th and 5th positions. In between was Isaac Peatfield, trying to stay with Lewis, and riding very well.
As the race came to a close, Charlie had gained a good half lap on the riders behind and took the win with ease. Lewis also rode home solo in 2nd place although he still maintained his 100% record for the league points!
Nathan rolled home in 4th place with Daniel not far behind in 5th.
So another good day for the team as we complete 5 events from 10 that will count to the league.