The British Amateur Champion, Jeff Morris (Dinnington Universal), won the International Cyclo Cross event at London's Alexandra Palace course on Sunday (4 January).
GV PAN ALONG Riders lined up for start
LV Start of race
SV Riders up hill
GV First four riders over tree stump
SV Leading three riders up hill
SV Stragglers down hill
SV Leading rider along moor
SV Next few riders along moor
SV Leader down hill
SV Next few riders up hill
SV Leader dismounts runs with bike then rides off
SV Race continues
SV Crowd watching
SV Winner gets flag
SVs Second, third and fourth place-gotters across line (2 shots)
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SPORT: CYCLO CROSS
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Background: The British Amateur Champion, Jeff Morris (Dinnington Universal), won the International Cyclo Cross event at London's Alexandra Palace course on Sunday (4 January). He had been a late entry into the thirteen mile competition, having only arrived from France at four o'clock in the morning.
On Saturday he had scored another weekend win in an event on the continent, and was returning to Britain in readiness for the British Championships at Sutton Coldfield next Sunday. But despite lack of sleep and a bit of stomach trouble, Morris showed excellent form.
It was his second consecutive win the event, which was again sponsored by Crescourt Loft Conversions. With points awarded down to the thirtieth place, there were seventy starters. The competition is the fourth event to count towards the five-race International Cycle Sport Trophy series.
Morris won at the expense of his professional counterpart, John Atkins (Viscount-Shimano) with two other professionals, Keith Mernickle (Chris Barber/G. Butler Cycles) and Chris Dodd (Bantel) taking the next two places.
Atkins succeeded in shaking off Mernickle only on the seventh of the ten laps of the treacherous course. He finished 45 seconds behind Morris, with Mernickle making a spirited recovery to get within four seconds of Atkins at the line. Atkins' second place gives him a two-point lead over Mernickle in the International Cycle Sport Trophy series. The one remaining event in the series will take place on I February at Sefton Park, Liverpool.
SYNOPSIS: The International Cyclo Cross event at London's Alexandra Palace course attracted seventy starters on Sunday. Conditions were wet and treacherous for this -- the fourth event in the five-race International Cycle Sport Trophy series.
Early on in the race, the British Amateur Champion, Jeff Morris, took the lead. He was obviously in good form, despite having only arrived from France at four o'clock that morning.
Also in contention were three professionals, John Atkins, Keith Mernickle and Chris Dodd. But despite his lack of sleep and a bit of stomach trouble, it was Morris who led the way round the treacherous thirteen mile course. The previous day Morris had won another event on the continent, and he had returned to Britain in readiness for the British Championships.
The Championship will be held next Sunday at Sutton Coldfield, and if he is in as good form as he was on Sunday, he should certainly finish with some prize money. In Sunday's event points were awarded for the first thirty places, and all counted towards the International Cycle Sport Trophy series.
The one remaining event in the series will take place on the first of February at Sefton Park, Liverpool. With Morris dominating the lead throughout, the main battle took place for second, third and fourth places. The leading foreign contender, W.G. Meisson, was well down the field.
In the seventh of the ten laps, Atkins succeeded in shaking off Mornickle. The first place was taken by Jeff Morris with ease, giving him his second consecutive win in the event. Atkins finished forty-five seconds behind him, with Mernickle in third place. Chris Dodd was fourth.