SPENCER Corder secured a stunning victory as he finished 36 seconds ahead of his nearest rival in the latest West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League meeting.
The cyclo-cross season has seen unseasonably dry circuits for the opening eight races but, as the ground gets softer, it seems the tough get going.
Perhaps it was those conditions that helped propel Stratford Cycling Club’s Corder to a superb win at the Birmingham event in which his arch-rival Luke Harris of Halesowen finished third.
This follows several weeks when split seconds had been the difference between the pair.
Corder’s team-mate Lewis Tinsley was next home in fourth place and the duo are first and third overall with six events remaining in the West Midlands League.
Stratford CC’sAlex Burden was sixth, followed by team-mates Joshua Taylor in 17th, Harriet Tinsley 25th (sixth female), Noah Harvey 26th, Ellis Brown 29th, Guy West 37th and Zack Parker 40th.
Reuben Child was fourth in the under six race and in the under eight race Finlay Child had his best race to date with a third place, followed by Ruben Stringfellow who was fifth and Tamsin Moss 17th and fourth in the girls’ section.
The under ten race saw a further five Stratford riders doing battle as Jake Deaner was fifth, Callum Moss 20th, Jake Gray 21st and Samuel Parker 26th.
A surprise was the great ride of Zoe Parker who finished fourth in the girls’ race.
Among the older boys, David Hird is still impressing and he finished seventh in the under 16 event.
This is a much longer race and David’s consistency has ensured he remains a member of the regional school of racing development mountain biking squad, a discipline in which the Stratford club aim to see big development in the future.
Baden Green finished 16th in the under 14 event and Tom Charles was 20th.
The older members of the club were thinner on the ground but Nigel Jones finished seventh in the 55+ category as he continues to set an example to other club members, whilst in the 50+ section Carl Max Taylor was 11th and Robin Corder 28th.