Whilst the Western-League riders had a break from racing this week, it was the first race of the season for Magspeed’s Phoebe Sneddon.
The first round of the Notts and Derby League saw nearly 50 women take to the start line in the female race. Phoebe volunteers some of her rare free time to teach Cyclocross skills to women – and a number of her students were her fellow competitors on Sunday.
After a tough race, Phoebe took a brilliant 2nd place, whilst the win went to her best friend Dianne Lee. Phoebe said she was very happy to be back racing, and is looking forward to a winter getting muddy all over the country!
Down in the South West, Nick Blight competed in the third round of his local league at Dunster Castle.
Nick says: “With Dunster Castle as a fabulous backdrop, The Minehead Merlins had set up a great, very dry and very, very steep course. The warm up laps had me a little worried as I felt totally flat, but due to my last two performances I took to the front of the grid and got an OK start.
I sat in third wheel, but as we hit the second climb which was rather bumpy, I started to go backwards. Rich Long, who I battled with last week, came past and I had nothing in me to go with him. It was a hard race but I hung on for 3rd senior with Rich long (Rockin Bikes) taking the win and Phil Collings (Tavistock Wheelers) in 2nd.
My rain dance seems to be working as currently in North Devon the heavens are well and truly open! I’m looking forward to racing at Cheltenham this coming Sunday with Scotty and the other Western-League Magspeed boys.”
This weekend coming is the final race before some of the Magspeed team take on the epic Three Peaks Cyclocross, so they’ll be putting on a good show at Pitville Park in Cheltenham and then getting their running legs ready for Sunday 30th up in Yorkshire.