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Friday, 29 May 2015

Pedal power puts girls in front

THE female cyclists are leading the way for the district, Tynedale producing three champions in the CycloCross North East League.

Roisin Lally and Rhianna Stoves. who won the U12 and U16 regional cyclo-cross championships.

In the junior section, the Hexham pair of Rhianna Stoves (U16) and Roisin Lally (U12) claimed victory in their age category, while Karen Robertson, of Halton, near Corbridge, clinched the Women’s V40 crown.

Both Rhianna and Roisin were left sweating over their championships, though, the series going right down to the wire.

Queen Elizabeth High School pupil Rhianna (15) ended the championships level on 353 points with rival Connie Hurton.

But, seeing as Derwentside Cycling Club representative Rhianna had won the final round at a muddy Whitby, she was crowned outright champion of the whole series!

In a championships consisting of 15 races where the best eight times recorded count, Rhianna proved her staying power throughout to leave everybody guessing where the gold would end up.

She and Connie are set to battle it out for top prize in the age category again next year as they still fall in the U16 bracket.

Meanwhile, it was an 11th birthday to remember for Roisin, competing for Hexham club One Life Racing, as victory at Whitby made sure of her place on top of the podium.

Her nearest rival Sophie Donaldson had pushed her all the way throughout the series before Roisin pulled ahead with two races remaining, the success confirmed on the final day.

Likewise with Rhianna, the future looks bright for Roisin too as she will have another year in the U12 category, and she is odds-on to defend her crown.

Karen, of One Life, was given a tough ride too but finished as winner of WV40 quite comfortably in the end as her consistency over the races paid off.

She finished as third female overall and managed to clinch a place in the top 50 of all senior participants out of a field of nearly 250.

Meanwhile, over in the boy’s category, Minsteracres lad Hugo Atkinson-Lutz (11), representing Marton RT, was runner-up in the highly competitive U12 category.

Scoring 394 out of a possible 400, which included a stage win in Whitby with a flat front tyre, he finished second to national rider Matthew Egglestone who recorded a flawless maximum score.