Round 10 of the NWCCA league was the infamous Geoff Bewley Memorial CX hosted by Liverpool Century RC at Otterspool park, Liverpool, last Saturday…a great setting on the banks of the river Mersey.
The day started off with a mist in the air and small showers which left the course very boggy in some places.
The whistle blew at 10:45am with around 40 riders frantically clipping in and racing uphill towards the pits to enter the course for the remaining laps.
A group of early leaders formed containing two Inspire VCUK riders: Lewis Hartley and Cory Edmondson, alongside Sol Kerfoot-Robson and Isaac Peatfield.
Part way through the opening lap, as the riders entered the upper part of the course, Lewis lost his back wheel on a particularly slippery corner and then Isaac crashed over Lewis with Cory also struggling to get past. This enabled Sol to escape and forge a good lead on the rest who were in hot pursuit.
Lewis soon got back into the race with Cory and Isaac on his tail and by the time the riders had reached the pits on the 2nd lap, Lewis had caught Sol and overtaken the leader who subsequently retired from the race.
This left Isaac and Cory battling out the remaining laps for 2nd and 3rd places, with Nathan Hawthorn and Daniel Gibson not too far behind either.
Unfortunately Tom Ashcroft, our fifth rider in this race had a very early mechanical which caused his rear derailleur to separate from the frame and his race was over almost as soon as it started!
In the end, Lewis took a convincing victory, with Isaac just taking 2nd place from Cory who finished 3rd to round off the podium.
Nathan finishing 35 seconds down on the leader in 4th and Dan Gibson, who had earlier crashed, finished 38 seconds down in 8th.
Another good day out for the Inspire VCUK Racing Team!