Regional cyclo-cross champs round-up

A last lap attack from Sigma Sport rider Gareth Montgomery left his rivals battling for the minor placings as he was crowned the South East and Eastern Regional Champion on Sunday.

Montgomery had been third heading for the last of six laps of a challenging course at the Redbridge circuit in London, with Billy Whenman (unattached) leading Team Corley rival Jamie Newall.

But Montgomery threw everything he had left at the final circuit, and left his rivals stunned, crossing the line three seconds ahead of Newall in second, while Whenman was another six seconds off the pace.

Elsewhere, reigning National Trophy Series champion Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) was a convincing winner of the North of England Championship in Cumbria, crossing the snow-covered line around two minutes clear of Wheelbase rival Rob Jebb.

Cycle Premier-Metaltek rider Pete Middlehurst had led early in the race but soon faded to an eventual fourth spot, while Oldham hit the front on the second lap and never looked back, establishing a good lead over Jebb, while MTS Cyclesport’s Steve Ward was five minutes off the pace in third place at Brockholes Leisure Centre near Windermere.

And in the South of England Championships at the Bicton Arena in Devon, it was Hargroves Cycles-Scott rider Luke Gray who took the win on an icy but dry course.

The under-23 rider pushed Pedal On rival Adrian Lansley into second spot, while Swindon Road Club’s Crispin Doyle was third.

The Scottish Championships fell victim to the heavy snow north of the border, but hopes are high that the event will be re-staged once a slot can be found in the calendar.

The same fate befell the Midlands Championships which were due to be held at Thornbridge Outdoor Education Centre near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

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