MALVERN'S Evie Richards stormed round her home event to win round eight of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

She took the elite women's honours on a new course at Leigh Sinton Farm designed by ex-Olympian Liam Killeen with the help of Trek Factory Racing ace Richards, her family and Malvern Cycle Sport members.

The new circuit was described as a "traditional cross course" by riders and the soft ground made for hard conditions which circled around the venue’s pools and through a wooded section before tackling technical descents.

Mountain bike professional Richards was at home on the terrain, taking victory by almost three minutes ahead of another local star in T Mo Racing's Tracy Moseley with Ceris Styler third.

Richards clocked 36 minutes 59 seconds in the four-lap race and Moseley 39.53 with the top three all former The Chase School pupils.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games cross-country silver medallist Richards finished third in the Waterloo Cyclo-Cross World Cup earlier this season.

She is preparing for her first assault on the Elite Women’s Cyclo-Cross Championships later this season.

“I just love the cross bike and it’s so nice to be racing on one so close to my house as well. It’s perfect,” said Richards, 22.

"It’s such a cool course, to have such a muddy race but to be able to stay on one bike and ride predominately most of it. It’s a really good course to practice skills.”

In the boys' under 16s category, Harry Cockroft, of Malvern Cycle Sport, finished second.

Club-mate Hannah Cockroft won the girls' under 14s contest.

James Bamford secured a silver medal in the under sixes race.


Under eights boys: George Berry 8th, Oscar Bamford 13th; girls: Rosie Leaver 6th.

Under 10s boys: Lockie Roberts 20th, Charlie James 25th, Toby Thornber 27th.

Under 12s boys: Will Moseley 11th, Tom Bristow 22nd; girls: Rosie Roberts 7th.

Under 14s boys: Edward Berry 18th, Borys Lenczyk 25th; girls: Emily Moseley 6th.

Veteran 40s: Ed Moseley 4th, Phil Roberts 22nd.