Cyclocross 2015/16 Season Review

With the 2015/16 Cyclocross season at an end, it’s a good time to review the year and pick out some of the highlights for the Club.

  • Michael Kebell

In the North East Cyclocross League (NECCL), Michael Kebell took a well deserved age category league title in the V50 league which also placed him 10th overall.

Dave Burns (Snr), David Burns (Jnr), Chris Burns, Sandy Cheung and Dean Penfold also made appearances in the NECCL races with Dean and Chris taking three second places between them in the year.

In Cyclocross North East (CXNE) Dean Penfold and Chris Burns had a hard fought year with Dean taking 5th and Chris 6th in the Senior Mens league – this was only resolved at the last round with Dean finishing one point ahead of Chris – very well done to both riders.  Joe Shacklady had some very good results taking a second place as a season highlight in the Under16 category.  Also appearing in the CXNE league were Sandy Cheung, Gareth Clarke and Christian Webster-Reed.

A very special mention must also go to Geoff Watson.  The Lanterne Rouge is a cherished position to hold and often it was Geoff.  He also attended all 13 rounds of the CXNE championship (one of only 10 riders out the 524 CXNE riders who raced all year).  Despite some truly awful conditions during the latter part of the season and using one bike throughout he kept on plugging away recording a finish at every race – Well done Geoff.  My personal highlight was seeing him at the side of the course, fixing a puncture in the middle of the race at Hetton – he still went on to finish!

Cestria as a club were also round organisers in both North East leagues.  The rounds took place at Meadowfield in October (NECCL) and Hermitage Academy in December (CXNE).  Thanks once again to everyone who helped to make these days of racing a success to raise the profile of the club.  Chris Burns in particular should be acknowledged for taking on the CXNE at the Hermitage – a huge task for a first time race organiser.  We are scheduled to host Cyclocross again in 2016 and hopefully the same support can be provided.