British cyclo-cross preview

Central League leader Gavin Rumbles (CC Luton) will be aiming to maintain his run of good results when round seven of the league is staged on Sunday at Box End Park in Kempston, Bedfordshire.

The 44-year-old from Luton has scored points in every one of the first six rounds, and is top of the table following six events with the league points made up of a rider’s best six performances.

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While he has finished on the podium on three occasions, Rumbles has yet to secure an overall win, although he was the first qualifying rider in round two and has been top veteran four times in his six rides which has helped him lead the overall by ten points.

However, Team Corley Cycles’ rival Nick Jones is breathing down his neck in second place with four wins from the five events he has ridden, and with Sunday’s race being his sixth counting event he looks set to take over the lead.

Elsewhere, Sunday’s eighth round of the Cyclo-Cross North East League in Workington will also see the overall positions become clearer, with eight rounds counting towards the overall tables.

Black Hawk Bikes rider Ken Haswell is the current leader with four podium finishes in his seven races so far, but with eight more rounds to go and many riders having higher-placed finishes, he will need to up his game if he is to hold that lead.

Last week’s winner of round seven was Haswell’s team-mate Tony Fawcett who was securing his third victory in three races, while junior Adam Martin (Cestria Cycles) will be aiming to return to form.

Martin has two wins and a second place so far in his three league appearances so far, but in last Sunday’s National Trophy event in Southampton he was clearly suffering and finished tenth junior.

The Yorkshire Points Series continues with round seven on Sunday, staged by Bradford RCC at Myrtle Park, while the North West League reaches round 12 at Stadt Moers Country park in Liverpool. On the same day.

Further south, Sylvain Garde (Addiscombe CC) will be aiming to gain revenge in Sunday’s round of the London League, having lost out to Matt Webber by over a minute in last weekend’s race.

But with the event at Gunpowder Park, Waltham Abbey, being staged by Webber’s club London Phoenix, he will be keen to take the win and boost his bid for the overall.

This weekend’s events
Saturday, November 19
Cyclings v Harriers – The Fishermans Inn, Wagon Lane, Bingley, 2pm.
Nottingham Clarion/SRAM Notts and Derby League – Round 10, National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, 12noon.

Sunday, November 20
Beds Road CC/Central League – Round eight, Box End Park, Kempston, Bedfordshire, 11am.
East Coast Riders/Eastern League – Round 10, Hempton Common, Fakenham, Norfolk, 11am.
Lincoln Wheelers/Lincolnshire League – Round nine, Nettleham Police HQ, Lincoln, 10.30am.
London Phoenix/London League – Round nine, Gunpowder Park, Waltham Abbey, London, 11am.
Stratford CC/Waldrons Solicitors West Mids League – Round eight, Norgren Sports Club, Shipston-on-Stour, West Midlands, 10.15am.
VC Cumbria/Cyclo-Cross North East League – Round eight, The Curwen Centre, Workington, Cumbria, 10.30am.
Liverpool Mercury CC/North West League – Round 12, Stadt Moers Country Park, Whiston, 11am.
North Devon Wheelers/South West League – Round seven, West Buckland School, Barnstaple, Devon, 10.30am.
Ogmore Valley Wheelers/Welsh League – Round eight, Margam Park, near Port Talbot, 10.30am.
Cheltenham & County CC/Western League – Round eight, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, 10.30am.
Bradford RCC/Yorkshire Points Series – Round seven, Myrtle Park, Bingley, 11am.
Behind the Bikeshed Thruxton Thanksgiving – Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover, Hampshire, 10.30am.

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