Zoe Parker and Spencer Corder Star in West Midlands league

 by Tony Butler

As predicted earlier this year it was Zoe Parker who  turned out to be the Stratford Cycling Clubs best performer this year finishing second overhaul after the nine race series  in the girls under 10 races competing against girls from clubs all around the region. She won the first event, was second once and 3rd twice. What adds to her story is the fact that she has only been competing for 12 months having started with Cyclo Cross last September. She has also raced regularly at Shrewsbury and podium finished every week and sometimes winning. She won her first race at Milton Keynes in May and also competed in the Scarborough Festival event.

In the under 12 section Stratford had 10 competitors amongst the 67 starters and can be proud of their achievements with Spencer Corder finishing 3rd overhaul. From Spencer’s point of view as one of the younger members in this age group it  did make a difference when the physical side of sprinting comes into play. Next year he will be one of the older riders and I predict will be the one to beat.  Having said that he has real competition from within his own club from the stylish Lewis Tinsley and the competitive Alex Burden.  That sort of competition from club members makes for a competitive edge. Lewis finished 7th and Alex 9th with other club members Mathew Jordan 14th; Joshua Darlow 18th; Joseph Gregg 35th ; Luke Brennan 37th; Noah Harvey 41st; Zack Parker 58th and Ellis Brown 64th..

The Cyclo cross season is about to start and here it is predicted Stratford will be right up there especially Spencer who is always super fit and this can make a huge difference at Cyclo Cross where fitness is often more important than tactics.

All this has been achieved in a difficult year for the club and the coaches as the  Home Guard club at Tiddington, which is its base has been out of use almost all year because of building work and the eventual building of a new club house and cycling track which is still some way off. This has meant moving around to different temporary venues all year.