MARK Baxter celebrated his recent call up to represent Great Britain in a forthcoming international event in Holland by producing another great performance at the Hillingdon Circuit.
The 15-year-old West Drayton Mountain Bike Club member, who has special dispensation to ride with the seniors, got himself among an early breakaway of 17 riders including clubmate Chris Denman.
Following a series of attacks by, among others, former World Championship silver medallist Tony Gibb, that leading group split with Baxter again staying in contention. As the race neared the end of its 35 miles the Specialized sponsored rider started to drop off the pace but he showed good determination to get back in the group and finish in 10th place, with Denman in 12th, as they took first and second respectively in their categories.
The following day Baxter again shone as he successfully defended his title in the club's Knobbly Tyres 10, recording a time of 24mins 27secs.
Tim Smith, a former National medallist returning to racing after two years away, finished 15 seconds behind in second spot to claim the handicap prize. Paul Williams showed some mid-season form as he was the overall winner with a time of 22.51 in the Bath Road Club 10.