The 10th round of the West Midland Cyclo Cross League (WMCCL) was also a regional Championship event, drawing competitors from other Midlands leagues and so increasing the pressure on Stratford Cycling Club junior riders.
Constant rain the day before made the course extremely muddy, but fortunately the sun shone brilliantly on race day.
The conditions clearly did not deter the plucky Stratford rider Keir Lewis, who has made startling progress throughout the season. Starting the series on a heavier mountain bike, Keir swiftly improved his performances on a new cyclo-cross machine so that by the end of last year, he was regularly in the top six.
In this particular race the usually, indomitable Charlotte Broughton of Leicestershire RC, came second behind Willaim Gascoyne from the Notts and Derby League, but the real race was happening behind.
Despite the tough conditions, Keir produced a great performance, dicing over several laps with Cameron Biddle of Halesowen, who has never finished in less than 3rd place. Keir prevailed on the last lap taking 3rd place overall, and 2nd of the regular WMCCL riders.
It is a testament to the sporting nature of these youngsters that Cameron approached Keir after the race and shook his hand, congratulating him on his success – a good example to the spectators.
For more details about the club and the junior cyclo cross events, please visit the website www.stratfordcc.co.uk