The weeks of wet weather finally caught up with the Lincs Cyclo-Cross league at the latest event near Binbrook in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The course is in a valley which is always wet in a good winter now it was distinctly aquatic but at least this had the effect of washing the accumulated mud of every lap.
With the youth race on first they possibly had the best of the conditions as the ground had not fully softened up and Amy Kolbert although not feeling very well, used here strength to continue her unbeaten run so far in the girls competition this season, finishing 17th overall.
The under 9s and U12s luckily were on a shorter course which avoided the water but it was still tough going for the younger riders on the rough grassy circuit but it was great to still see their enthusiasm. Max Kolbert finished 2nd in the under 9s and in the under 12s Isla Kolbert was 7th overall, 2nd girl as this week her regular rival Beth Goodwin from Louth just got the better of her in 5th overall. Oliver Bailey was 10th, Rhys Browne 13th, Daniel Lupton 17th and Bradley Lupton 18th
With the veterans race starting at mid-day the course was really starting to soften up and with the flooded section of the course to be crossed 3 times per lap, conditions were becoming very tough. Paul Conneely was the best of the club riders in 34th (8th vet 50) with Simon Cocker only 30 seconds further back in 37th (4th vet 50), Dave Miller 51st (8th vet 60 and Adam Kolbert 52nd ( 30th Vet 40).
Fiona Kolbert was the only club rider in the final race of the day finishing 5th Women (3rd Vet 40) a creditable result when just finishing was an achievement.