LUDLOW Cyclo-cross racer Isla Rowntree claimed a podium finish in Wales, the latest round of the Veterans Women's (over 40) National Trophy.

And she is now looking forward to competing on home soil this weekend when she takes part in the first ever Quarry Cross in the Shropshire hills.

Rowntree, who rides for her own Isla Bikes team, was involved in a battle to hold on to third place at the Abergavenny event which was won by Kate Eedy (Team Empella ahead of Maddi Smith (Bolsover & District CC).

“It was a tough race but it was a lovely course and a lovely venue,” she said.

“We had a close tussle for third with the lead changing all the time.

"It was fun and that’s why I come to these races, to have some fun, to have a workout and to get the thrill from riding a good course – and this is a great course.”

Rowntree was third in last year’s National Veterans Championships and she is hoping for another good race on her own patch on Sunday.

“We are promoting our first event through Isla Bikes,” she added.

“It’s something a little different because it is 1,500ft up Clee Hill.

"We are calling it Quarry Cross because it is in a huge old quarry and it will be a little bit rougher and less sanitised than modern courses.

"Hopefully we will have nice weather, get a good turnout and give everyone a good experience in a unique place.”