Richard Eastham has won the inaugural WXCRL 2009 Championship.
Riding for Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, he was the most consistent performer, picking up points in nearly every race he's ridden in: never outside the top 3 in the table Richard picked up points from the first event in February right up until last week's race.
Unfortunately for Richard the season ended with a crash and a slow walk across the line.
Richard came from Preston and settled in Bournemouth with his job 12 years ago and the last couple of years have seen him start a family: last year saw the birth of Richards's son Gregory followed this year with the birth in May of a daughter Natasha, and he even found time to move house. Despite all this domestic activity, Richard has made time for cycling: "Bike riding is the only time I get to sit now" he quips.
When he's not playing the roles of attentive family man or riding his bike, Richard is a urban design consultant and he also works part time for Southampton City Council in their design department. Like many bike riders, he fits his cycling into his lifestyle: "I have been riding to Southampton from Home once a week on a fixed gear bike, a journey time of 1hr 45mins each way: It's very good training as my racing is my training now."
"I didn't race last year and my son was born and I really missed it and really wanted too. When I found out Don and Mark (Standhaft) were organising the league I thought I would have a go. I began the year doing time trials as I had never done one before and I focused on that but after winning points in the early Wessex rounds I realised I should concentrate on that instead. I tried to be consistent and started the year as a third cat and by mid season had enough points for my second cat. I have been mixing TTs and Road Races just to get some consistency. As I get older I don't have the jump so I try and get in a break and stay away and that's been my tactics this year."
It's been a long hard season for Richard and he's beginning to feel it: "I started to run out of steam after the Dorset 3day Tour." But it's a season he'll be looking back on fondly. He's also quick to give credit to the organisers for putting on the series: "I'd like to thank ‘Team Standhaft' for organising a fantastic series, the atmosphere has been great. I hope next year more teams come on board and keep the momentum".