Event Programme

A busy weekend again for TARGETSPORTS, not only sponsoring the Geoff Bewley Memorial Cyclo-Cross at Otterspool Park, Liverpool – but also racing in it, AND presenting the new Errea Technical Underwear and Custom Branded Teamwear.  I never had the privilege of meeting Geoff, but if this event was devised as a tribute then he must have been some man.  This year the race also became the centrepiece of the inaugural Liverpool Cycling Festival.

Mike Fuggacia and Rob Pugh are rapidly growing their reputation as two of the best race organisers in the North West, if not the UK.  Indeed, they harbour ambitions of one day bringing the UK National Cyclo-cross Championships to Otterspool.  But as volunteers, both with busy day jobs, organising a race of such quality is time consuming enough.  This year they surpassed their own high standards by bringing a new dimension to the day.  By engaging the local cycling community and the various bodies set-up to promote cycling across Merseyside the event has grown in stature – and the spectators turned out in force to enjoy the festival and watch the racing.  On the day the festival was attended by: Cycling Projects, Cycle Speke, Cycle Aigburth, Travelwise Merseyside, Merseyside Cycling Campaign, Breeze and 2020 Decade of Health & Wellbeing.

The boys were also able to secure valuable sponsorship and support from commercial partners including: GIANT Liverpool, Bioracer, Muc-off, Errea, High On Bikes, Kouta, CNP, Standout Driveways, Standout Glass, David Lloyd Speke, Active Adventures, Otters Cafe, The James Monro Restaurant, APL Parking and Skypark Liverpool.

A record field of 129 riders took to the course for the main race on Saturday, and I wonder how many of them fully appreciated that Rob and Mike – along with an army of Liverpool Century volunteers, had been there since 05:30 – marking the course, erecting the tents, putting out the sponsor’s banners, and generally trying to ensure the event passed-off as smoothly as possible.  A great PA set-up was skilfully manned by Tim Dalton and Geraint Parry who delivered expert commentary throughout the event.  The volunteers remained long after the race participants and spectators had headed home.  The Otter’s Cafe seemed to be doing brisk business throughout the day too.

So, a huge thank you to all those involved in organising the day and making it one of the best events in the UK race calendar.  The course was very technical, – featuring the challenging ascents of “The Ottersberg” and “The Muro di Otterspool” and the torrential downpour the night before made the conditions at the same time both sticky and slippery.  Although I spent most of the race trying not to fall in the mud it was highly enjoyable and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.  Geoff would have been very proud.

A few images from the day can be found here on the TARGETSPORTS Flickr site.

For those interested in the race results – click here.