No stopping Cwmcarn Paragon cycling ace Ross Porter
11:11pm Friday 13th December 2013 in Sport
CWMCARN Paragon's top off road expert Ross Porter extended his excellent recent form with two top-ten finishes in the Welsh Cyclo-Cross Championships and the Welsh Cyclo-Cross Leagues Gilwern Cross.
The previous round of the Welsh Cyclo-Cross season, the Cross by the Sea, saw Porter produce his best ride of the season against a quality record field of 125 riders, taking a brilliant third position in the veteran category and 15th place overall.
In round nine, the Gilwern Cross, he faced a quality field of 79 riders but if he hit top form, one week ahead of the Welsh Championships, he knew that he would be in contention for a high placing.
The fiercely contested race ended with Porter taking a fine eighth overall in the veteran category, and 28th in the senior event.
Club colleagues Anthony Evans and Keelan Powell were 31st and 55th respectively, while Tim Davies of Abergavenny CC won the event.
The Welsh Championships, at the Royal Showground, Builth Wells, were contested on a hilly course made very slippery by overnight rain.
Having ridden the event numerous times over two decades, the Cwmcarn ace had all the experience to overcome the treacherous conditions and compete against the top class field.
Producing a ride that saw him at his consistent best Porter finished an excellent ninth overall in the veteran's championship.
Former Cwmcarn and British Road Race champion Megan Backstedt raced to fourth overall in the women's title race.
Lee Williams of Gateway Racing rode to a brilliant ninth championship victory ahead of Adam King of Cardiff Jiff.
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