1st Ever World Cup Event In England
This weekend we have just witnessed the 1st ever world cup outside mainland Europe which took place in Milton Keynes and then on Sunday it was the 4th round of the National Trophy Series.
The stage was set for the World Cup race, the atmosphere was building due to the thousands of spectators which lined the course eagerly waiting to it all to unfold. The course itself was hugely challenging for riders as the slippery muddy conditions really tested their skills. British champion Ian Field managed a fantastic 12th place in front of his home crowd and it must be noted that his result is the best result by any British male rider in any World Cup event. In a post race interview the emotions got the better of him as he was overwhelmed with the support.
Fellow team mates Steve James and Jody Crawforth also both rode their socks off and came 38th and 43rd, both a great result.
Ian Field – photo Larry Hickmott
In the top 50 finishers there were only 8 Brits and 3 of them were Hargroves – RidleyRT riders.
“After being involved in this sport for nearly 40 years I never thought I would see a World Cup or a crowd like that at a race in the UK. Let alone one promoted by a friend of almost all of those 40 years. It was always going to be a special day. But When a rider from our team produced the best ride ever by a British male rider in a world cup race it just finished the day off perfectly. Thanks Simon and Ian.” Peter Hargroves
The second instalment for the weekend on the Sunday was the 4th round of the National Trophy Series and after such an exhausting race for the World Cup on a brutal course the team were back in action again. Ben Tulett had a great ride in the U14 race winning by a huge margin and extending his lead in the green leader’s jersey. Harry Yates then followed with a brilliant 2nd place in the U16’s category. This puts harry in the leader’s yellow jersey for the next round in Bradford.
With some of the European riders entered in to the race it was going to be a strong starting line up. A strong team performance in the elite men / Under 23 race saw Ian Field taking 4th, Steve James 8th, Jody Crawforth 9th, Tom Van den Bosch 12th and Andy Hargroves 34th. In the women’s race Ruby Miller finished 15th, in the Veteran 50’s race Steve Davies took 3rd and is now moving his way up the overall standings very nicely, Malcolm Cross finished 30th. Crispin Doyle finished 11th in the Vet 40 race.