Norwich rider Katie Scotter pips main rival for maiden Eastern Cyclo-Cross League win
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Norwich rider Katie Scotter stepped up from second to take her first Eastern Cyclo-Cross League win at Bury St Edmunds.
After first Jo Newstead and then Sherilyn Powell had led on the early laps, Scotter hit the front in company with Jackie Field (CC Ashwell), winner the previous week at Grafham Water.
With two laps to go, Field 'got it a bit wrong' on an off-camber corner and Scotter (Iceni Velo) attacked on the next flat grass sector – knowing she had been gaining there – and opened a gap which became 20 seconds at the finish.
A passing train is thought to have sounded the starting hooter of the vets 50+ race – the start being close alongside the railway. The Commissaire was beginning his pre-start talk, saying he intended to use an air-horn rather than the usual whistle, when he was drowned out by the 11.57 to Cambridge rumbling past. There was a hoot, a few riders went – and the rest followed, leaving a mildly dumbfounded Comm, who elected not to recall the field. The result still had a familiar ring about it – Richard Muchmore (Revel) winning from Dave Copland (Ipswich BC). Shaun Aldous took the 40-49s with Paul Groombridge (Iceni) third, on two deflating tyres, while Matt Webber took the Senior race, after Stephen James, from Diss, just back after a spell of illness, stayed in contact until half-distance.
Though he started mountain bike racing only this year, Rob Smithers (King's Lynn MTB) showed the way round the Five-by-Three course at Fritton Lake, winning the Senior race by 2:24 from Jimmy Piper and Darren Rutterford (Aylsham Road Club).
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The Under 12 riders unluckily had the worst of an initially damp day, observing the 11am silence in a mournful drizzle, but Alex Dale charged determinedly to his second win of the weekend, ahead of Colin Mantle (Mildenhall CC), Ben Laflin (Hadleigh CC) and Ed Cole (Iceni Velo).
By the time the Youth and Senior riders attacked a longer course, the woods and bracken areas by Fritton Decoy lake were in autumn glory, but it was pretty squelchy under wheel and skill was at a premium, as Sophie Wright showed as she smoothly and confidently left the entire youth male field in her tracks, before going to chat to Under-23 XC World Champion Michiel Van de Heijden who was there to present the prizes. Top boy was Zac Herrod from Beccles while Lisa L'Anson (Iceni Velo) took the women's race from Zoe Repman and Em Quantrill(KLMTB)
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Stephen James (Renvale) took another second place in the VC Revolution 'cross at Colchester , after a three-way battle with eventual winner Matt Holmes and Matt Webber who slipped on a root on the last lap. Delia Beddis took the women's race where Katie Scotter had another battle with Jackie Field, but managed to gap Field on the last lap and secure second.