Fred shines bright as Pedal 2 Pedal riders finish Southern Cross Country Series in style

Hannah Attenburrow, left, on the podium
Hannah Attenburrow, left, on the podium
Kirsty McSeveney, second left. Picture: Habibur Rahman (171049-37)

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Riders from the Pedal 2 Pedal club produced some superb performances in the final round of the Southern Cross Country Series at Checkendon.

Rising-star Fred Price, seven, secured an overall third place as he continued his good recent form.

Fred Price in action

Fred Price in action

Karen Price, 40, also completed a third-place finish in the series as she rode strongly.

Hannah Attenburrow, 27, who owns the Pedal 2 Pedal club, secured third spot in the final round, while Ollie Moseley, eight, performed well in only his second cross-country race.

Attenburrow feels the series has seen the team gather great forward momentum.

She said: ‘It has been a promising year for the club with young riders showing real potential and consistently pushing their skillset and developing their techniques.

Straights need to be ridden flat out and speed carried over roots and through very tight corners. It rewards power, power and more power

Hannah Attenburrow

‘It is great to see them race and put what I coach into practice.

‘This is something we will look to build on for 2016.’

Karen Price and Fred Price were chasing points in the overall series.

The latter was first up in the under-nines and he showed great character to perform well despite some setbacks.

Karen Price, left, on the podium

Karen Price, left, on the podium

Attenburrow said: ‘The start was much tighter than usual but Fred got away in around fourth position, riding well until an over-shot corner meant an unwelcome trip into the mud and bushes.

‘Recovering quickly, Fred rode consistently and came in fifth and overall third in the series.

‘Well done Fred in his first full regional cross-country series.’

Following Fred Price was Moseley, who acquitted himself well in the under-11s race.

‘Ollie got off to a good start and rode smoothly throughout,’ said Attenburrow.

‘He carried his speed well over the roots and through the tight corners.

‘This is a tough race with no downhills to get any respite. Full gas all the way!

‘Ollie kept on the gas and came in 11th, a brilliant achievement for only his second cross-country race.’

Next up was the women’s event with Attenburrow in the elite race and Karen Price in the vets.

Attenburrow added: ‘As per the children’s race, the Checkendon senior course is flat and unrelenting.

‘Straights need to be ridden flat out and speed carried over roots and through the very tight corners.

‘It rewards power, power and more power!’

Attenburrow got off to a bad start – getting squeezed by other faster riders around her.

But she worked hard to recover, finishing in a respectable third spot.

Karen got off to a reasonable start in fourth place. She lost some ground on the leaders after missing out on the practice before the race.

But she recovered well to finish fourth and third overall in the series.

It was a great series finale for the Petersfield club.

See the website pedal2pedal.co.uk for more information.