West Craven pupil is top of the class!

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AMY Gornall has finished top girl in a season-long summer series for under 16 riders from the North West.

The 15-year-old West Craven High pupil scored the highest aggregate total over seven events based in Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool.

Amy, who rides for Cycle Sport Pendle, rode consistently throughout, including two wins, and will now turn her attention to indoor track racing at Manchester Velodrome during the autumn and winter months.

CSP boys have been in action too.

Oliver Peyton from Colne, was eighth overall against strong opposition in the under 16s.

In the under 14s, Harry French from Earby was highest CSP rider in 11th position, and in the under 12s, Nathan Hawthorne from Nelson finished fifth overall.

Other CSP riders who have all scored highly but not completed the minimum number of events are Connor French (under 16) Harry French, Bailey Paine, Tim Jones (under 14) Jack Barlow, Thomas Peyton, Cory Edmondson and Dominic Rutter (under 12).

Cycle Sport Pendle are giving young riders in the area the opportunity to turn up and have a go at bike racing.

CSP have organised a day of Cyclo Cross races based at West Craven High School, Barnoldswick on Sunday, October 23rd.

Cyclo cross racing is very popular as an autumn and winter sport and entirely off road. Mountain bikes are suitable for newcomers, but the experienced riders use bikes very similar to road bikes, with special adaptions including disc breaks and fat knobbly tyres.

The first race of the day is for riders with no experience at 10 a.m. for boys and girls under 12, and then at 10-20 a.m. for boys and girls under 16. Entry is £2 on the day, and riders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have suitable helmets.

Barnoldswick company Hope are supporting the racing with prizes and equipment loan. Over 100 riders are expected for the main race at 1 p.m. from throughout the North West and Yorkshire.

Top road racer and Tour Of Britain rider Ian Wilkinson, from Barnoldswick, is expected to dust off his mountain bike for the race.

For full details, go to www.cyclesportpendle.org.uk, or contact Mark Turner (tel. 07790 857922, e-mail mark.turner@sportartfitness.co.uk