With many of the our TORQ Performance Mountain Bike Team riders living in the Midlands, the Midlands XC Series has been well attended this year. Round 7 (the last of the series) headed to the incredible Dudmaston Estate (now owned by the National Trust) in Shropshire – a new venue for the series promoted by Bridgenorth CC.
The team were represented by Alex Welburn and Joanne Clay, who both took the Elite wins on the day. These victories, combined with their consistent performances over this season, also culminated in them both receiving the Midlands XC Series Elite Championship titles! An excellent achievement.
Alex Welburn – 1st Elite Male and Midlands XC Series Elite Champion .
“So the last round of the Midlands XC and a new venue, the course was either flowing single track or short sharp climbs, which really took its toll on the legs after 6 laps. I decided that I wanted to press on early on, to see if I could get a gap, but with two strong guys with me, this was not going to happen. Everyone was riding really strong and the pace never let up, so after lots of attempts from both Giles and Richard to get away, it ended up down to a sprint finish and a tough one at that. I managed to drive it on just before the final corner and took the win, which also meant I had taken the series title as well – which I was really pleased about.”
Here is the full video report from the race featuring interviews with both Alex and Jo. A huge congratulations to them both on their excellent results. Also a thank you to James Hampshire of the Midlands XC Series for his continued dedication to bringing top level XC events to the Midlands. We now look forward to the 2015 series!
As always, a big thank you to all the team sponsors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do: