Fancy Dress Cyclo-Cross Report

Fancy Dress Charity Cyclo-Cross
Heptonstall – 22 Dec 2013
Images: Clare Crabtree’s Flickr Set

A fine turn-out of 75 riders visited the lofty field on the edge of Heptonstall village, close to Hebden Bridge, which is the venue for Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association’s annual Fancy Dress Cyclo-Cross.

The Under-12 race got things underway with a spectacular array of costumed riders streaming off the start. The rough, bumpy Heptonstall field was whipped by strong winds and made the going hard for all the competitors. However, Nathan Page was able to bring some magic to his riding, thanks to a stunning green wizard’s outfit, and the East Bradford CC rider held off the dynamic scuba diver Olivia Ingham and icily cool snow-woman Amber Hull to claim the win.

The over-12 race was dominated by a fast-moving front group including Eddie “Spiderman” Townend and Brian “Xmas Pudding” Perks. However, in the end it was Huw Oliver, not in fancy dress, but applying the self-handicap of riding a mountain bike, who won. He powered clear of Spiderman in the later laps to claim the win. Having just lost out to Mr Incredible the year before, Oliver was clearly not going to let another superhero deprive him this time round.

The event concluded with a pie and peas lunch, followed by a raffle in the local Bowls club. In truth the main emphasis of this event is always fund raising. This season the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association has been raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Fancy Dress event took the total raised for this popular charity to over £500.

1. Nathan Page East Bradford CC
2. Olivia Ingham Pedalsport
3. Amber Hull East Bradford CC
4. Luca Longo Huddersfield Star Wheelers
5. Adam Jackson Huddersfield Star Wheelers
6. Chloe Hinchliffe Wakefield Tri
7. Matthew Warriner Pedalsport
8. Hannah Whitworth Huddersfield RC
9. Adam Mills York Cycleworks
10. Doug James Calder Clarion
11. Sammy mills York Cycleworks
12. Ryan Thomas East Bradford CC
13. Lucy Milsom Calder Clarion
14. Dan James Calder Clarion
15. Milo Hull East Bradford CC
16. Sami Wright Pedalsport
17. Joseph Whitworth Huddersfield Star Wheelers
18. Jamie Milsom Calder Clarion
19. Emila Wright Pedalsport

1. Huw Oliver Wise Men Racing
2. Eddie Townend Pedalsport Shepherds
3. Tony Mills York & Bethlehem Cycleworks
4. Digby Symons Wise Men of Cambridge CC
5. Jonny Croston Calder Christmas Clarion
6. Justin Morgan Pedalsport Shepherds
7. David Shaw Happy PHMas
8. Tom Seaman Nutcracker Seasonal Ballet
9. John Docker Huddersfield Yonder Star Wheelers
10. Andrew Wright Calderdale Donkey Club
11. Luke Bradley Scenicpees  on Earth
12. Marcus Spencer Hargreaves Cycles & Mangers
13. Alan Brown Wise Men Racing
14. Gary Jackson Huddersfield Yonder Star Wheelers
15. A. Spaight Wise Men Racing
16. Adam Ward Wise Men Racing
17. Chris James Calder Christmas Clarion
18. Jamie Morgan Pedalsport Shepherds
19. Brian Perks Pedalsport Shepherds
20 Jim Shenton Paul Milnes Bradford Angels
21. Mark Horrocks Hope, Frankincense & Myrrh

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