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Lichfield CCC rider claims victory in round three of West Midlands Cyclo-Cross league

Lichfield CCC’s Toby Barnes dominated the men’s race in round three of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

Toby Barnes

Toby Barnes

Junior rider Barnes struck back from a third place last week to take the win this time out at Henley-in-Arden.

The man-made clay banks on the Liveridge Hill course proved to be a tough test for riders in every category along with fast switch backs to test their technical ability.

A crash and several bike changes saw Barnes fall back to third in the previous round which was dominated by the Knight brothers.

However, the Lichfield rider returned in emphatic style attacking on the first lap in similar fashion to the opening round and chased throughout by team-mate Marcus Holmes.

“It was a good hard course and I just went out hard from the start,” said Barnes. “I tried to get a gap early as last week I was chasing throughout the race following a crash on the first lap.

“I got the gap on the first lap and then it stayed the same for the rest of the race. The course didn’t suit me perfectly as I prefer a more technical circuit.

“I have three weeks until my first National series round so hope to keep it up until then.”

There were more strong results in the other categories as Daniel Barnes took second in the youth race, while a three-rider sprint finish in the under-14 event saw Lichfield-based Ben Askey take victory for the RST Racing Team.

Elsewhere, Tia Carr came home as first girl in the under-12 race.

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