Rapha Super Cross and the “Emu of Toledo”

Paul Milsom ‘giving it the beans’ at the Rapha Super Cross Meeting
Photo Michael Vennard.

Belgian Style Cyclo Cross came to Yorkshire in Round two of the Rapha Supercross Series held at New College, Huddersfield on Sunday 16th October. 

There was plenty of atmosphere aided by Frites, Mayonaise, Belgian Beer, Brass Band, Tour de France stage winner Brian Robinson, a podium girl, and over 400 competitors from youngsters to the invitation only elite racers who put on a fabulous show.

Saddleworth Clarion enjoying the Rapha Supercross.
Photo courtesy Saddleworth Clarion.

Chris Moreman passing a rival on the Hill. Owen Mitten on duty as 
an official on the Hill.        Photo Courtesy of Saddleworth Clarion

Adding considerably to the atmosphere was a Basque flag weilding, Belgian beer bottle clutching  bunch of rowdies from Saddleworth Clarion. Many had ridden over ‘the hill’ and four competed in the Vets and Senior races, Including the “Emu of Toledo” who is legendary in Calder Clarion circles. Indeed many had made the journey from Wakefield just to catch a glimpse of this luminary, aka Chris Moreman. Michael Vennard and Matt Dodsworth, for instance, rode the A Club Run to Otley, returned to Wakefield thencycled out to Huddersfield New College.

Most Calder spectators gathered on the circuits one ‘hill’ to see how the Emu would fly. I have it on good authority that he lived up to his name. Don’t know what Federico Bahamontes would have made of it though.

More Photos taken by Saddleworth Clarion Here

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