Ian Field Makes it a Hat-Trick! – National Cyclocross Championships 2013
On Sunday the 12th of January at Moorways Leisure Centre in Derby Ian Field Claimed his 3rd National Championship in style! On a heavy thick muddy course Ian powered away to make it a hat-trick.
Ian didn’t have it all his own way with tough competition from Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing), but after Paul tangled with course tap and forced to run, Ian was clear and soloed to victory. Jody Crawforth had a good race staying in the chase group until the last few laps finishing a very respectable 8th position in awful conditions. Stu Bowers finished in 17th position after a season riddled with illness.
“After a good start and the first corner negotiated safely I settled into second place behind Paul Oldham and tried to literally get to grips with the super slippy conditions on offer. After a couple of bike changes(I was changing every half a lap) and tweaks to tyre pressures, after only a couple of laps I was feeling more and more confident with the conditions and hit the front and gradually increased the pressure. I quickly got a good lead and began to settle on a 10-12sec lead before over cooking it on one of the many off camber sections. Too much power through the pedals too early and the back wheel was along side me and I headed into the course marking tape.
With my lead now greatly reduced I took a moment to compose myself and settled in on Pauls wheel. Paul really tried to apply the pressure for the next half a lap and was riding strongly thoughout when it was his turn to have a slip which resulted in a trip into the course marking tape. Unfortunately for Paul the tape managed to wrap itself around his rear mech and was left with a run to the pits.
I took full advantage of the slip up and pressed on with only 3 laps remaining I had a 25sec gap back to David Fletcher who had now taken over the silver medal position. I increased this up to 35secs with one lap to go then I just had to bring it home safely, running a lot of muddy sections to make sure I had no mechanical problems of my own.”
Dan Tulett won the U16 race catching the leader on the last lap and pressing away to win his first U16 title as a first year.
Steve James got 5th in the U23’s after a couple of heavy falls. Matt Hargroves got 12th to finish off his season.
Beth Crumpton was 7th in the women’s race, with Anna Cipullo in 19th.
Steve Davies got 2nd in the Vet 50 championships, unfortunately carrying an injury for last week’s World Championships which prevented him carrying on his incredible home form.
Crispin Doyle was 9th in the Vet 40 race, a strong result in his first year as a veteran.
Ben Tulett was 12th in the U14 race after a very strong season.