Essex ace Sean Dunlea (Ciclos Uno) celebrated his selection for the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in style, winning round 14 of the Eastern League at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
The 17-year-old from Chelmsford, who also won rounds 3 and 13 of the Eastern League, is clearly in great form and will travel to Hoogerheide on a high after his win against some top riders.
The stage was set for a winner-takes-all race between Ross Tricker (XRT-Elmy Cycles) and Matt Webber (Hackney GT) with the overall league title up for grabs.
But a mechanical fault with Webber’s gear mech handed Tricker the chance to take the title, although he had to settle for second spot on the day with Dunlea more than a minute ahead.
Elsewhere, Keith Murray (Scott UK) won round 14 of the CX North East Series in Durham – his first cross win of the season.
The 39-year-old Darlington rider was 16 seconds ahead of Adam Martin (Knights of Old), while James Moss (Veloshure Giordana) was another minute off the pace in third at the end of a muddy and challenging race which used almost exactly the same technical course as the National Trophy round was staged on earlier this season.
After a disappointing ride in the National Championships the week before, Tom Payton (Isla Bikes) got back to winning ways with a confident performance at round 14 of the Notts and Derby League at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on Saturday.
The 23-year-old from Ludlow crossed the line almost 40 seconds ahead of Andrew Stuart (Nottingham Clarion) while Gareth Whittall (Clay Cross RT) was third, another 32 seconds back.
Payton’s winning margin would’ve been bigger, but he punctured on the second lap and had to run to the pits for a new bike and lost an estimated 20 seconds.
London Phoenix rider Gunther Zechmann secured a second consecutive victory in the East London Velo Series when he crossed the line alone at the end of round two at the Redbridge circuit in Essex.
Zechmann had broken away with Edmond Bradbury (Cambridge Univ CC), but with two laps to go he powered on along to take the win.
There was also a familiar name on top of the podium at the Apres Hot Recovery Drinks Winter League at Preston Park in Brighton, with Simon Brooks (VC St Raphael) securing his fifth victory in the six times he has ridden the league.
But there was a new name on the podium in the eighth round of the Imperial Winter Series at the Hillingdon circuit in London, where Lawrence Carpenter (Catford Equipe Banks) secured his first win for two and a half years.
The 20-year-old held off Twickenham CC’s Graham Crow for the win in the E123 race, while James Norris (High Wycombe CC) was third.