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THE North West Junior Cyclo Cross League has finished for the season with Merseyside youngsters capturing two of the most prestigious titles. Keeping it all in the family, Daniel Cosgrove captured the U8 Shield, with his brother Joseph taking runner-up spot in the U10 competition. The latter finished in second place to another local competitor Alex Poulston, whose sister Emma, aged only eight, finished second in the girls U10 league.

The Cosgroves, Joseph, aged 10, and Daniel, 8, were competing in the North West Cyclo Cross League for the first time and are described as 'cycling mad.'.

They both attend Merchant Taylor's Junior Boys School and live in Formby. They also play tennis, rugby, judo and football.

The eldest brother, Joseph also has accreditation to ride at the National Cycling Centre.

This means he will be able to compete at the Velodrome in Manchester. Both lads are members of Southport Cycling Club.

The Poulston siblings, from West Kirby, competed last season in the league and both attend Our Lady of Pity School in Greasby. 10-year-old Alex is also a double Merseyside Cross Country Champion this season. Both he and Emma are members of Birkenhead North End Cycling Club.

Cyclo-Cross is a minority sport that is not for the faint-hearted. It takes place from September to January, when the road season ends, and caters for all ages and skill levels.

League venues are to be found throughout the north west and the conditions the youngsters compete in can be both tricky and arduous.

The sport is known to sharpen up bike handling skills and competitors have to be robust and resilient.

Courses can be wet, muddy, hilly and contain obstacles.

Merseyside provides a few venues throughout the season with races taking place at Otterspool, Stadt Moers and Bebington Oval.

Further details on the North West Cyclo-Cross League on website:

Alex Poulston (far right) with the Under 10s Shield. He is standing next to his sister Emma Poulston who came second in the U10 Girls. Next to Emma is Daniel Cosgrove with the Under 8s Shield and far left is Joseph Cosgrove who came second in the U10 Boys


Daniel Cosgrove in action

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2016
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