Giles Drake displayed his excellence throughout the Geoff Bewley Memorial race to finish with an astonishing gap of nearly two minutes on the next rider.

The pre-race favourite constantly pushed the pace  throughout the hour long slog and manged to open a 15 second gap by the end of the first two laps.

Rob Jebb put in an impressive performance to come second, finishing above all of the under 23’s grid and many of the Elite Men at the age of 47.

As expected, one of the most anticipated rounds on the North West Cyclocross Association’s race calendar did not disappoint. Despite the poor weather that was forecast, the ground at Stadt Moers Park managed to hold up, providing a fast and furious race.

The league leader going into the race, Jake Edwards, rolled over the line in seventh. Despite this, he has still raced every round this year, which means he stands in good stead to make a push for the league title.

The women’s race also provided entertaining racing despite a smaller grid. Ffion Gilbert was second in the league standings going into the weekend, due to missing the last round. She soon made amends dominating the field and opening a gap of nearly two and a half minutes on the nearest rider. Previous leader, Karen Payton, crossed the line in 15th.

We’re now halfway through the North West Cyclocross Association race season and the next round is in North Cheshire. With the standings still so close at the top of the league tables, and the weather turning in for winter, it’s all to ride for, which will make the next five races pure entertainment for spectators.