Southern XC - Round 4

 

Despite grey, moody looking skies which supplied a drop or two of rain that promised a respite to the intense heat, hundreds of riders quite literally flooded to the venue in Bordon.  They were looking to get their XC fix for the 4th round of the ever popular Southern XC, run in conjunction with local club West Drayton MBC.

 

Nicky Peters XC R4

Photograph courtesy of Joolze Dymond. More images can be found at www.joolzedymond.com 

 

Bordon offered a bijou and compact, fun filled course, full of intriguing features that crossed the event arena, giving spectators plenty of glimpses of the action as the riders came through.  A five mile course, complete with dry dusty loose trails, that tested bike handling at every opportunity, as it swooped, climbed and drifted, taking in such features as the fast rolling, bermed ditches, a sandy drop off that dumped you at the foot of a firing range.  In addition there were plenty of rooty, sand covered climbs, all linked together with sweet ribbons of fast flowing singletrack, all of which gave no time for rest - truly an epic but fun course!

 

With the rain departing just as quickly as it arrived, the temperature rose, providing an insight to life in a furnace, especially for those roped into feeding duties. The heat of the day wasn’t just confined to the weather, with the racing providing some hot competition, as riders battled it out for that elusive top spot.

 

Jenny Copnall Photograph courtesy of Joolze Dymond. More images can be found at www.joolzedymond.com 

 

Jenny Copnall, taking a breather from wedding preparations, made a welcome, if brief return to Elite racing, comfortably taking the win from young rider Carla Haines.

 

With the National XC Champs just 7 days away, riders were taking this chance to get in one more race before the big day, with many making long trips to get there.  Welsh rider Ffion James, being one who made the trip worthwhile taking the Juvenile win, despite a fast improving Gretal Warner snapping at her heels.

 

Jo Munden found herself pushed to the limit in the Masters race yet again, with Ruth Mordaunt making a XC comeback in time for the Nationals adding to regular rival Emma Bradley, making an exciting race, with Munden coming out on top with just a handful of seconds to spare from Mordaunt.

 

Emily Joyce took control of the women’s Open race Diane Kendall scoring victory in her one lap Fun race.

 

Another grand day out was had by all, with plenty of champagne on offer for the winners, which they readily shared with the crowd! Thanks to everyone that rode, raced, organised!

If you fancy having a go at a Southern XC make a date in your diary for the 22nd August where the racing heads of to Alton.

 

For more details check out www.southernxc.net

Full results can be found at www.timelaps.co.uk

Images can be found at www.joolzedymond.com

 

 

RESULTS

Pos Laps Time Time+ Num Name Team/Sponsor
Elite            
1 4 01:47:03   90 Jenny Copnall -
2 4 01:56:50 00:09:47 99 Carla Haines WXC Mountainbike Team UK

 

Expert

           
1 3 01:24:33   80 Iwona Szmyd -
2 3 01:26:31 00:01:58 81 Natasha Barry Progression Fitness - Progression Fitness
3 3 01:30:53 00:06:20 82 Malin Tindberg - WXC Mountain Bike Team UK

 

Fun

           
1 1 00:31:44   982 Diane Kendall WDMBC -
2 1 00:32:44 00:01:00 981 Caroline Wharton -
3 1 00:35:54 00:04:10 980 Karen Sankins - WDMBC
4 1 00:36:01 00:04:17 983 Rachel Boddice Dirt Divas -
5 1 00:50:41 00:18:57 999 Sarah Selwood -
6 1 00:50:45 00:19:01 998 Elaine Minchin Totally Devine

 

Grand

 

Vet

         
1
2 00:58:28   558 Lydia Gould Torq Performance -
2 2 01:02:29 00:04:01 559 Viv Hazelton Mountain Trax

Master
           
1
3 01:24:13   397 Jo Munden Team Cycle Kingdom - Cycle Kingdom/TMT
2 3 01:24:35 00:00:22 380 Ruth Mordaunt -
3 3 01:25:33 00:01:20 398 Emma Bradley TORQ Development -
4 3 01:31:31 00:07:18 381 Elizabeth Gilmour Primera -
5 3 01:36:10 00:11:57 383 Stephania Magri Squadra Donne -
6 3 01:38:57 00:14:44 399 Cath Morford Stinkey Pinkies -
7 3 01:39:56 00:15:43 382 Samantha Jones www.Four4th.co.uk

Open
           
1
2 01:02:49   890 Emily Joyce 1st Gear Cycles -
2 2 01:04:18 00:01:29 891 Cheryl Eubank Progression Fitness -
3 2 01:05:07 00:02:18 898 Hannah Minter PedalOn.co.uk -
4
2 01:07:09 00:04:20 899 Vicky Munro RideTheQuantocks.co.uk

 

Sport

           
1
2 01:02:35   250 Anna Cipullo CTC: working for cycling

 

Junior

           

1

2 01:00:23   185 Hollie Bettles WXC Moutain Bike Team UK -
2 2 01:05:10 00:04:47 199 Ruby Baker Behind the Bikeshed

 

Juvenile

           
1
1 00:28:29   173 Ffion James Abergavenny RC - 443150
2 1 00:29:27 00:00:58 170 Gretel Warner WXC Mountain Bike Team UK -
3 1 00:37:38 00:09:09 172 Alice Dobbs -
4 1 00:46:35 00:18:06 171 Alex Earl Beyond Mountain Bikes

 

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