Toby Barnes

Lichfield rider Toby Barnes saw off the challenge of his younger brother to win the fifth round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

Toby Barnes

The RST/Cycle Division Racing Team racer returned to action after missing the previous week where sibling Daniel took victory for the Garden Shed UK-Scott-Verge Sport team.

But it was business as usual for Toby as the under-23 rider put a 21 second gap between himself and his brother after the opening lap – and the margin grew every circuit.

“It was a good event and I hadn’t raced there in a while,” Toby said.

“It was quite a good course and there was a boggy section and a few off-camber slippery descents, the rest of it was quite slippery.

“I got a good start and went for it in the muddy section at the start and pulled away and kept going.

“The boggy section was okay on the first lap with fresh legs but after that it was quite hard.

“The lap to my brother was going out each lap.”

The family domination was confirmed though with Toby in first and junior rider Daniel in second, with a gap between him and the rest of the field of more than two minutes.

There was more success for Lichfield riders in the junior section, with Ryan Greaves finishing second in that category behind Daniel Barnes.