Sean Williams in action last year.
SEAN Williams secured the overall runners-up spot in the veterans’ class of the Wessex Cyclocross League last weekend in Fareham.
The Wightlink Offshore RT rider needed to win the final round to claim second place and did a brilliant job on a testing and muddy course through woodland and open fields.
After the first lap he had already pulled clear of the chasing pack and by the end of the third lap, he held a 45-second advantage.
However, the mud played havoc with his hydraulic disc brakes and by the fourth lap, he was left with no braking at all so had to complete the penultimate lap using his foot, and the mud, to slow down.
Fortunately, he had a spare bike in the pit and was able to change for the last lap, pulling out more of a lead, eventually winning the class by 54 seconds and secure series runner-up.
Meanwhile, James Brett, for the Wightlink/LCM Systems team, was also battling for a top spot in the league got off to an excellent start in the seniors/elite race.
With eight even muddier laps to cover, James finished fifth, to come fifth overall in the final standings.