Eastern Cross Round 15 at Snetterton

20.01.19, Snetterton, Norfolk Cold weather early on saw frosty conditions for the Under-10s and Under-12s races, but it had vanished from all but the most shaded sections of the circuit by the time the Youth race ended at 11:30. Unfortunately, that made matters worse: frost melting combined with hundreds of grippy cyclocross tyres makes mud,…

Gemma Melton wins at Trinity Park

Post-race interview with winner Gemma Melton below! Trinity Park in Ipswich hosts two big races at this time of year: first a round of the National Trophy, the biggest and most important cyclocross series in the country, and then a round of the Eastern League a week later – and with the course left standing…

Millie Couzens wins Central & Eastern CX Champs

PHMas-Paul Milnes star Millie Couzens was in dominant form at the Central and Eastern Region Cyclocross Championships in early December, taking a big lead on the entire Under-16 Girls field and catching, then passing most of the U16 boys who had started before her race. Millie, who is National Champion for her age group, recorded…

Eastern League – Colchester Rovers (Mistley)

21.10.18 – Mistley, Essex After the heavy rain at Welwyn Garden City the previous week, sunshine was a welcome sight on Sunday morning as the highly technical sections of the wooded Furze Hill course at Mistley with their muddy corners and slippery exposed roots can become very difficult indeed in the wet. Some courses benefit…

Eastern League – CC Ashwell

07.10.18 – Princess Helena College, Hertfordshire The CC Ashwell round of this year’s Eastern League featured, for the first time ever, a stand-alone women’s race – and, grateful for a chance to have the course all to themselves rather than sharing it with the 50+ Men age group and for the organisers’ determination to support…

Combined Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Championships

The Central, Eastern and South-Eastern British Cycling regions joined forces on Sunday the 19th of August to put on this year’s Regional Road Race Championships on a long and fairly hilly circuit near Edenbridge in Kent. Despite the length of the circuit, due to limits on permitted distance in races where junior and senior riders…

Eastern League 2016/17 Gallery

As usual, I didn’t get to go to half as many rounds of the Eastern Cyclocross League as I’d have liked – but the rounds I did go to reminded me why it’s my favourite bike race series (in any discipline): hotly contested racing on varied courses, and also the friendliness displayed by the riders, organisers…

Ten Minutes With… Joanne Newstead

Over the last few years the number of women who cycle for fitness and recreation has increased enormously, but although the number of women who race has also increased it hasn’t done by anything like as much. So, why aren’t more of those women who cycle also racing? Some of them just don’t want to,…

ICYMI

A round-up of the recent women’s cycling news Payton wins Round 3, National Trophy Hannah Payton (Kinesis UK) won Round 3 of the National Cyclocross Trophy at Houghton-le-Spring after a muddy and technical race in which she had to chase down Beth Crumpton (Boot Out Breast Cancer), finally taking the lead with a sprint to the…

Eastern Cyclocross League 2016

CC Ashwell Cross 9th October, Princess Helena College, Preston, Herts 1 Susan Wood (Hadleigh MTB Club) 49’24” 2 Sherilyn Powell (Chelmer CC +21″ 3 Katie Scotter (Iceni Velo +26″ 4 Jackie Field (CC Ashwell (CCA) +1 lap 5 Caroline Guest (Velo Schils-Interbike) +1 lap 6 Louise Foley (Cambridge CC ) +1 lap 7 Alison Hogg (VC…