Diss rider Kieran Jarvis wins senior men's race at Haughley Park
Diss rider Kieran Jarvis won an eventful senior men’s race held by Stowmarket & District Cycling Club at a new cyclo-cross venue at Haughley Park, writes Fergus Muir.
Laid out on a grand scale and featuring challenging short, sharp climbs and long-twisting stretches in woodland, the course saw hotly-contested races in the 14th round of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League.
Liam Manser, of Power Power Ipswich, was a surprise early leader in the men’s race, as he rode a bike lent by his boss, last season’s league champion Steve James.
Manser led Team OnForm’s Jarvis, James Madgwick (Bloodwise) and Angus Toms (Iceni Velo) up the toughest climb.
By the second lap Jarvis and Madgwick, racing close together, headed the field, and they very gradually opened up a small lead on Cam Hurst, of XRT/Elmy, with Manser and Toms locked in a battle that would last most of the race.
Then Madgwick fell and Jarvis ran into him, unfortunately replicating their collision at Writtle the previous week.
Jarvis got his bike sorted out first, took the lead and held it to the line, with Toms second and Manser third.
Elsewhere, Garboldisham rider Ian Newby took seventh place in the Vets 40-49 race after being neck and neck with Amis Velo’s Andy Hurst throughout the race. Matt Webber was a comfortable winner of the race.