A bright but cold day saw the second round of the SouthernXC series at Hammonds Farm, Checkendon. Easter Sunday saw lots of bunny ears, but also some great racing on a very flat, fast dry course – which some riders even described as slippery.
The first race saw some great riding, and a large field for the Men’s EC3 Open. The winner, who led from lap one, was Morgan Jones (Banjo/RaceWare Direct/Specialized), proving that Triathletes can ride mountain bikes!
There was great racing all day, but very notable (and possibly the most exciting of the day) was the under 12 race – which was 20 mins duration rather than a number of laps (fooled me – there’s lots of images from that race). The short lap length ensured the riders passed through the arena multiple times to the cheers of the adult supporters. It was very close with four riders working together until the final lap, when Mack Mellish made a huge effort to pass Thomas Wadsworth (seen here on his penultimate crossing of the line) and take first place. There were some very tired legs at the end of it.
Similar close finishes were found in the Ladies Elite class where Ruby Millar took the honours for Hargroves Montezuma RT
and the Men’s elite where Issac Pucci (unattached) just took the honours on the line from Steve James from Hope Factory Racing – the front four riders again working together for the majority of the race, giving a spectacular sight as the train progressed very quickly through the singletrack in the woods.
All the pictures we took on the day are published in our Gallery here
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