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CYCLING: Drake takes first prize in Weaver Valley cyclocross
GILES Drake added to his lead at the top of the North West Cyclocross League standings after victory during Saturday’s race at Greenbank in Northwich.
The 29-year-old, representing Herbalife Leisure Lakes Bikes Racing Team, was the quickest of more than 150 riders to tackle a course based around Pignut Hill.
He was close to 40 seconds ahead of closest rival Matthew Lawton (Macclesfield Wheelers) at the finish, adapting best to terrain made muddier by heavy rain beforehand.
Cycle Sport Pendle’s Martin Woffindin was third, quickest among those under 23.
“It was very slippy, not because it was particularly wet mud but rather cloggy stuff which made parts of the course like an ice rink,” said Drake afterwards.
“It was a good race though, and it’s always nice to win.”
Weaver Valley Cycling Club promoted the event, the fourth in this season’s campaign, with Matthew Hornby first home rider to finish in the senior men’s race.
He was 22nd overall, with cyclocross novice Dane Walker close behind inside the top 30.
Teammate Paul Longley was runner-up in the under 23s category, while Kevan Underhill rode strongly to claim victory in the men’s over 55s class.
Pete Middleton (Zepnat.com Racing Team) won the veterans’ race from Adrian Lawrence (Birkenhead North End), with Weaver Valley’s Tim Rutherford – new to the discipline – claiming 14th overall and seventh spot in the men’s over 40s group.
Rebecca Preece (Contessa Scott Syncros) was the fastest woman in the field, while Adam Hartley (Velocity) won the youth race.
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