2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Valkenburg – Ian Field 19th
Another busy weekend for team with riders racing at World Cup, Rapha Supercross and Wessex League.
The highlight of the weekend came from Ian Field finishing 19th in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Valkenburg. You can watch the race below, starting about 1hour 40min into this 3 hour video.
Opening World Cup of the season on one of the toughest
courses of the year, based on the side of the infamous Cauberg climb you are
either struggling uphill or struggling to get back down. There is approx. 30m of
flat ground in the whole of the race. I knew I had good form from last weekends
results and was really motivated to get my World Cup campaign off to a good
start on a course I have liked and done well on in the past all be in a much
lower category of event.
With my 4th row gridding I managed a pretty good start passing through the
first pit inside the top 30 and thinking I could definitely build on this.
There is no where to hide on this course which for me was good. Immediately I
knew I was on for a good result as I was passing people on the toughest
sections of the course. I just had to maintain this for the next 50 odd minutes
of racing. I yo yo’d just outside the top 20 for much of the race but then
really started to pick people off over the last couple of laps. I was up to
battling for 17th position by the final lap came and in all honesty I mucked
up. If anything I tried too hard and my lap time dropped off some 10secs
costing me a couple of places. You live and learn though, next time I will not
make the same mistakes.
This is only my second ever top 20 result at a World Cup and my first for a
couple of years which has seen the World Cup races become even tougher with a
lot more guys specialising in the discipline. I finished 19th @2.40 off the
flying Lars Van der Haar but more importantly only some 40odd seconds off 10th place. This bodes really well for the coming weeks and I am really looking
forward to next weekend and the second round of the World Cup in Tabor, Czech
In the UK the team was busy on Saturday and Sunday at the Rapha Supercross
Saturday Rapha Supercross Round 1
- Steve James 4th
- Jody Crawforth 5th
- Steve Davies 18th
- Beth crumpton 4th Woman
- 2nd Team on the day, Steve James leading the Under 23’s.
Sunday Rapha Supercross Round 2
- Jody Crawforth 2nd
- Steve James 3rd
- Steve Davies TBC
- Beth Crumpton 4th Woman.
- 2nd team on the day and overall. Steve James leading U23’s.
In the Wessex League Crispin Doyle maintained his unbeaten run winning the Vets race at Prospect Park in Reading. This means Crispin has won every Wessex League Vets race this season!