18 November 2012: Hempton Cross

A clear blue sky and gentle breeze greeted the riders this Sunday, and a chilly start soon gave way to almost pleasant conditions. There had been very little rain recently, so the riding line was quite firm and well defined. A straight road section (with a hairpin turn at one end) gave the less technical riders a bit of a chance, and none of the off-road course was overly challenging - fun but testing.


Dougal Toms (Iceni Velo) once again put in a very strong performance to win by a minute and a half over William Hughes (Ipswich BC), with a time of 27:08. There was a very low entry in this cyclocross race - only 16 starters - which is a shame considering that the course is quite fun to ride.

Great Yarmouth CC results -

  • 9th: Matthew Baker, @5:37
  • 12th: Dan Swindells, @7:44

Seniors / Juniors / Elite Vets

Gabor Doroghazi (Fruit 4 London) chalked up his second win of the season, outsprinting Steve Halsall (VC Moulin) on the road section to the finish line with a time of 57:25. Theo Doncaster (CC Ashwell) was fastest junior and 4th fastest in the race. A bit further down the field, I managed to outsprint Hayden Wood for the line, after he'd been delayed by a couple of mechanical incidents earlier in the race. That felt good!

Great Yarmouth CC results -

  • 6th: John Swindells, @1:46

More details

Photos of me (in the yellow/black Gt Yarmouth kit) taken by Fergus Muir.

Full results on the Eastern Cross website: Hempton Cross 2012.


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My name is John Swindells and I'm a keen recreational cyclist with a preference for long one-day rides. I've also previously dabbled in time trialling and cyclo-cross. See more of what I get up to on Strava!

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