Night Time Halloween Cyclocross Brings Out the Masses at London’s Herne Hill Velodrome

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London, UK – 313 racers gathered at Herne Hill Velodrome to take part in the now annual Muddy Hell night-time event. There were huge increases in youth categories and a record 35 women participants. An opportunity for all abilities to race ’cross in front of hundreds of spectators in a  unique atmosphere with optional fancy-dress and a huge prize list courtesy of headline sponsors Knog totaling a whopping £2700 including £1000 cash.

At sunset the U12 riders took to the Herne Hill infield and valiantly tackled all the new features especially created by course designer Phil Glowinski and the team of Rollapaluza volunteers, which included the “TZG” wall-ride, an enormous scaffold bridge, tabletop and the 40cm high Knog double-hurdles.
As the light faded the under-14s and under-16s took to the full course which included drop-offs, singletrack, berm, hill-climb and a lengthened sandpit. By the time the GoCross / Novice race started, it was really dark and riders’ compulsory lights were needed to pick their ways around the back end of the course before dipping back into the floodlit spectator arena and the cheers of the crowds, who by now were gathering around the tabletop and challenging riders with demands for “Big Air.”

The Vets, women and Juniors raced together, and this is when the spectators really began to witness the speed of experts in the discipline as well as showboating from the best bike handlers, with Anna G being the only female all night to clear the tabletop. Mick Bell took the vets race, with Claire Beaumont of Condor cycles taking the ladies and Alec Briggs of Arctic Premier RT (guesting for Team Mule Bar Girl) taking the Juniors.

The Senior race saw incredibly fast racing from two of the UK’s biggest names in cyclo-cross: Olympian and multiple winner of Championships and the notorious Three Peaks Nick Craig and 2008/2009 National champion Jody Crawforth. These two were well clear of the rest of the field and later in the race also took the opportunity to get air on the tabletop (Jody) and ride the wall (Nick), but the biggest air and highest wall rides came from Londoners Deke Strentz, Brian Curtis and Phil Glowinski, with Brian and Phil also finishing high in the rankings. Jody and Nick had matched each other all evening, but on the last circuit of the infield, Jody pulled away from Nick to take a clear win in front of the huge crowds.

The Fancy dress competition was one by “the Stig, who also raced on the Rollapaluza roller-racing rigs in the bar tent, but never revealed his identity…who was that?

Photo Gallery

Men
First nameLast nameNumberTeam name
1JodyCrawforth330Hargroves Cycles
2NickCraig376Scott UK
3ChrisMetcalfe344Matlock CC
4MATTHOLMES314ARCTIC-PREMIER RT
5garethmontgomerie366unattached
6MattSpurgin327Evans Cycles RT
7JamieNewall307
8briancurtis318Corridori
9matthewwebber341London Phoenix
10SylvainGarde312Addiscooooombe
11PhilGlowinski373VCL
12BillyJoe Whenman306
13JamesWilson359Sigma Sport
14JasonGreen335London Dynamo
15AlexChristians338London Phoenix
16BenSpurrier352Rapha Condor CC
17ChrisDick340London Phoenix
18StuartSpies337London Dynamo
19DavidBarnaville358Sigma Sport
20JasonCattermole371VCL
21PhilHersey325Eagle RC
22jamesdrain329Gemini
23DavidRees321Dulwich Paragon
24bensmith302
25MatthewHarper343look mum no hands!
26dekestrentz363team india
27EdClark354Redmon
28ScottBarger309
29WayneCrombie326East london Velo
30MatthewTheobalds320CS Grupetto
31IanPaine334London Dynamo
32IainCook368VC Londres
33tonyberlin319crawley wheelers
34OliverTownsend315Cloud9Trails
35JamesSolly369VC Londres
36RichardSanders331Las Vegas Institute of Sport
37DanielTroitino364TROYDERS.com
38AndrewSnowball367VC Londres
39ShannonDurrant351PEASON CYCLES
40MikeMiach365Twickenham CC
41AlexRobbins324Dulwich Paragon CC
42GregNeedham353Rapha Condor CC
43DanielRudd313Arctic premier RT
44TobyBlackman370VC Londres
45AndrewNewman339London Phoenix
46SammySmithson304Condor
47AlistairLang301
48ChrisAbbott355Rollapaluza CC
49DavidRose322Dulwich Paragon
50JohnScripps372VCL
51MarkLitz332London Cyclists and Beer Drinkers
52AlexMurray333London Dynamo
53LukeSmith374Whyte Racing UK
54LukeScheybeler310-
55SymonLewis361Sigma Sport Specialized Cycing Team
56ConradCalitz316condor
57GeorgeBrent311Addiscombe cc
Women
First nameLast nameNumberTeam name
1ClaireBeaumont262Condor Cycles
2DeliaBeddis266dulwich paragon
3LouiseMahe272Mule Bar Girl
4leonakadir279sigma sport
5AnnaGlowinski273mulebar girls
6camillaboyton265dulwich paragon
7MonicaLichtner264Dulwich Paragaon
8EstelleRogers277Rollapaluza CC
9TracyCorbett276Rapha Condor
10AstridWingler270London Phoenix CC
11MariaDavid267dulwich paragon
12wiesiaKucaj281Twickenham CC
Vets
First nameLast nameNumberTeam name
1MickBell206London Fire Brigade
2KonradManning203Condor
3StuartLockyear230London Phoenix
4russellJones210Brixton Cycles
5IanCleverly234Mosquito Biles
6DougieFox212Crawley Wheelers
7GeorgeHiggs213Crawley Wheelers
8CarlMcDonagh208Brixton Cycles
9mattgallagher209Brixton Cycles
10GuyPearson236Pearson cycles
11JonathanLewis205
12GaryBryant202
13AndrewPowers238Rollapaluza CC
14TonyBartlett207
15kevincarter221Finchley Racing Team
16SimonScarsbrook233Mosquito Bikes Racing Team
17ChrisCole249VCL
18mikesaunders246team corridori
19KevinPerkins241SEEDS CC
20JamesStephens245Star Wars
21adamplatts215dulwich paragon
22marekglowinski250VCL
23CharlieCodrington216dulwich paragon
24AlexTyrrell201
25MatthewLevett204
26StephenBlackmore243SEEDS CC
27Paulatkinson242SEEDS CC
28PhilWright251VCL
29stevewood237pearson pro cycles
30SteveJensen232LVYCC
31DarrenPaice247Twickenham CC
32GeoffNutter225Herne Hill Not So Youth
33PhilipHarris239San Fairy Ann CC
34MarkJary248VC Londres
35paul222finchley rt
36MickCurtis211Corridori
37DrewJones227LeeValley Youth CC
38MarkParsons218dulwich paragon
39MarkBrown217dulwich paragon
Juniors
First nameLast nameNumberTeam name
1AlecBriggs292Arctic Premier RT
2GabrielClarke291
3WilliamSinclair295Pearson cycles
4HarriWilliams293Dulwich Paragon
5jamesprice294LVYCC
6ConorBunn296VC Londres
GoCross
First nameLast nameNumberTeam nameGender
1HaydenWood106Cambridge FixedMale
2JamesHampshire184xcracer.com/29er CrewMale
3KrisztianBorbely144CyclelabMale
4JamesConnell139BrixtonMale
5PaulWarner181Team DarenthMale
6JAMESHoward108Male
7JackOelmann Perez161Lee Valley Youth CCMale
8ConallWatson148Dulwich Paragon CCMale
9SimonBarnes131Male
10PeterBareford134Arctic Racing TeamMale
11JosephDelves172Pedal and PinMale
12NicShaw125Male
13PaulFrancis114Male
14DamienVan Der Vlist103Male
15GavinMorton142Charlotteville CCMale
16dovoneil143CS GrupettoMale
17DavidSmith178South Eastern Road ClubMale
18EloiseLindenberg179Southern Grease MonkeyFemale
19EdwardStanley162London DynamoMale
20RichardRead154Kingston WheelersMale
21RobertHartel129Male
22JimCoughlan150Godric CCMale
23JimBlakemore137BikeworksMale
24JasonPott167Male
25MattCetti-Roberts112Male
26BruceTaylor121Male
27PhoebeSneddon163matlock ccFemale
28HayleyNotton135Army Cycling UnionFemale
29AlexandraElmquist101Female
30PatrickJones113Male
31Mr.Quinton Pullinger141BromptonMale
32AndyJohnson102Male
33MichaelDe Lemos180Team 5000Male
34StephenWillis118Male
35RebeccaThomas164matlock ccFemale
36andrewfinkill140BromptonMale
37SimonGreen117Male
38AntonyDe Heveningh158Las Vegas Institute of SportMale
39samanthahart169Noahs Ark BikesFemale
40AndrewSweet149DuranceMale
41SarahYates171PearsonsFemale
42DominicEstall175RGS-CCMale
43JohnHarrington177RollapaluzaMale
44AdamHarman120Male
45melissabrand170PearsonFemale
46PeterBoyce127Male
47KeithBoswell109Male
48JaneBlackmoree123Female
49SaraDowling130Female
50Peach126Female
51Pip128Female
52EdwinBurden122Male
53DavidNoakes156KnogMale
54MattDay138BikeworksMale
55HelenSteer107Female
56ChrisWright153Kingston WheelersMale
57ArbenZilci183VCLMale
58SimonParton155Kingston WheelersMale
59VojtechBlazejovsky132Male
60JulietElliot157KnogFemale
Under 16
First nameLast nameNumberTeam name
1ChrisMcgovern73Sutton CC
2ElliotPhillips85VCL
3KieranLaurie84VC Londres
4SamJudd76HHYCC
5NoahPhillips87VCL
6SamNorth83Team Darenth
7DavidConceicao71
8MichaelNewell82Sutton CC
9AndrewBradshaw81Sutton CC
10CharlieChilton-Sutton74HHYCC
11StefanPartridge72
12NoahSmith77Lea Valley Youth CC
13HarrisonCoombes75HHYCC
14SamTaylor88VCL
15SamJones78Lea Valley Youth CC
16JoshuaCole-Hossain86VCL
Under 14
First nameLast namenumberTeam nameGender
1ThomasCraig60Male
2NickWoolven52Sutton Cycling clubMale
3DanielTaylor43herne hill youthMale
4CallumMackie49LVYCCMale
5StanleyNutter46HHYCCMale
6GeorgeJary56VCLMale
7JamesAmbrose-Parish50LVYCCMale
8JasonNewell51Sutton CCMale
9AbiVan Twisk54VCLFemale
10WilliamBardsley48HHYCCMale
11joshuasweeney57VCLMale
12SydneyCassidy47HHYCCFemale
13EleanorHolden53VC LondresFemale
14matthewcannon58VCLMale
15RowanCoombes45HHYCCMale
16SamuelCoyne59VCLMale
17AvaLockyear44Herne Hill Youth CCFemale
Under 12
First nameLast nameNumberGender
1GeorgJensen25Male
2FredWright34Male
3MatthewMcGovern30Male
4CharlotteCole-Hossain32Female
5IsaacBrown35Male
6JamesMitri36Male
7EllieBardsley12Male
8HaydenCassidy15Male
9ArloLudewick11Male
10FreddieArgent13Male
11AaronFreeman9Male
12dominiccook28Male
13tobycook29Male
14danielcannon33Male
15RachelJary37Female
16FelixMackie24Male
17MaxTaylor22Male
18GeorgieHopkins3Female
19GemmaHeath2Female
20MaxHartel6Male
21LouisHarman4Male
22FreddieTaylor14Male
23SethLudewick23Male
24JosephBlackmore19Male
25FinlayWellings1Male
26OscarHarman7Male
27HollyBardsley16Female
28LukasHartel5Male
29LucaPalazzi8Male
30ThomasHolden31Male
31KittyPhillips20Female
32JasminBardsley17Female
33JosephBardsley18Male
34LilyBardsley21Female

 

 

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