The road season may have drawn to a close but cyclocross is now in full swing and Phoenix’s CX contingent has been highly visible at across the Eastern, London and Central Leagues in recent weeks.
Stuart Lockyear got off to a flying start in the opening weeks of the season picking up armfuls of ranking points across all three leagues as well as taking a well deserved win in the 50+ Vets category at Hillingdon in the opening Central League fixture of the season. After the early skirmishes, he was top of the 50+ Veteran British rankings, possibly a Phoenix first? Coming into October he’s held his form and currently sits 6th, well on target for his season goal of a high grid placing and big performance at the National Championships at Derby in January.
Elsewhere, Steven Drew is top of the Elite Vets category of the Eastern League after a series of regular top 10 placings in the first seven rounds of the season. Chris Ball has been hovering up points in the Seniors category and Chris Clague made his mud debut at Baldock in round 3 and has quickly moved up the grid. Meanwhile, Damian Robertson now looks to have recovered from his exertions at the 3 Peaks CX race in Yorkshire, which he completed in a highly impressive four hours, and is showing a return to the form that saw him blast some of the London League’s big hitters at the end of last season.
Most of the CX squad takes a break over the next fortnight as LP plays its part in supporting the Supercross series at Alexandra Palace and the local leagues take a week off. But the mud action ramps up again come mid November as the Eastern League heads into Norfolk and the London League makes its debut at the Cyclopark as the courses start to get muddy!
Simon Pemberton finished the Thetford Summer Enduro in 4th place in Men’s 6hr solo cat from a field of 38 and gave us a report as follows; “I completed 8 laps of a fast and flowing 9 mile course. Mostly singletrack and great to race a Summer course at Thetford rather than the Winter Series as the racing is flat out even over 6 hrs on such a flat course. I was pleased as I was only beaten by sponsored riders inc Lee Eaton from JMC who’s a v.good rider. But also frustrated as I was running third until the last two laps but was getting a lot of pain in the sole of my foot – pedal or shoe not sure. Dropped a couple of minutes and missed podium by a couple of minutes! Great hard fought race though. Hot and sunny with good summer vibes, good prizes and a real effort made by the organisers to get this Summer Enduro established on the calendar.”
The last round of the Mosquito SE/London league was held at Wilmington in rather snowy conditions. Proving that it takes unimaginably bad weather to stop cross racing a brave contingent, including several LP riders, showed what a tough, ingenious bunch they are. Full results here.
Chris Dick had another good day out on this the oldest cross course in the London league taking a well deserved third place.
Full results here.
London Phoenix promoted round nine of the SE series at Gunpowder again and it was considerably muddier than 2011! A challenging but enjoyable day for all riders on a great course. Thank you to all volunteers – course builders, drivers, stewards, and cake bakers! A full list of finishers is here.
Congratulations Chris Dick on placing third in round seven of the SE league. Full results are here.
A brilliant day of Cross racing at the iconic North London venue with the finale of the Rapha Super series, a wall of foam, and Tequilla shortcuts for those that dared! Thank you and well done to all London Phoenix members that helped out but particularly Neil for all the work put in to make this a success. Results and more photos here. The Supercross series video is now available to view here.
Many thanks to SportSunday for the photos.
Big congratulations to Astrid, Damian and Wes for completing the three peaks challenge in extreme weather conditions – cold and very wet! Astrid finished on the podium placing third in the overall Womens category. Results, Astrid podium shot, and many more pics are here.
We are a group of London-based cyclists, who get together for races and training rides. We have a website forum as our virtual clubhouse, and instead of regular weekly club rides from a set place we arrange to meet up for mountain bike, road or cyclocross rides, races and time trials from a variety of venues. We also meet up socially every month.