14:56 Monday 23 December 2013

Joshua Waters keeps winning record intact at Clipston

Written byPETER ROSE

MERCIA Cycling Club’s Joshua Waters maintained his 100 per cent record with another win in the 12th stage of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Cyclo-Cross League.

The race, held at Pines Forest Park near Clipston and organised by Waters’ own Sherwood Pines Racing Team, was contested over a shorter, less muddy course, which made for some good riding and was also better for spectators.

In the Under-16s race, Waters took another comfortable win, bunny-hopping the log barrier to give the surrounding crowd something to cheer about.

Owyn Wallace (Derby Mercury) finished in second place, while 56 riders completed the race.

Joshua’s brother Bailey, also of Mercia, finished 14th in the Under-14s age group.

Bailey was up with the leaders early on, but due to lack of fitness, dropped back in the last two laps.

In the Veterans races, Justin Waters – Bailey and Joshua’s father - competed well in the Over-40s group until his saddle split, which made it awkward to ride, and he finished 20th.

In the Over-45s age group, Julian Swift rode well to finish in 16th position, his best yet.

Gary Bush also rode in this age group to finish in 27th place despite also having problems when his saddle worked loose.

Pascal Arnoux (Derby Mercury) finished very strongly to take third place in the Over-50s age group and Adrian Waters, in the Over-65s race, also had some problems when he was brought off his bike.

He carried on with two buckled wheels to finish in third place.

The overall winner in all veterans categories was Mathew Crouch (Derby Mercury).

The following day, Joshua Waters travelled up to Bradford to compete in the National Trophy Under-16s race at Peel Park, Bradford, and across testing, slippery and arduous sections, led on the first lap before finishing in seventh.

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