3 National Mountain Bike Champions
Sunday 21st July – National Mountain Bike Championships – Cathkin Braes, Glasgow
A long trip for all of our riders but certainly worth while for most.
Steve James – National Under 23 Mountain Bike Champion
Beth Crumpton – National Under 23 Mountain Bike Champion – Ladies
Dan Tulett – National Under 14 Mountain Bike Champion[nggallery id=45]
As if this wasn’t enough Crispin Doyle had a great ride in the Vet 40’s category finishing just off the podium in 4th place. Ian Field finished in 10th in the Elite Male category.
Beth Crumpton reports:
After a long drive up to Glasgow on the friday ready for one of the biggest races of the year situated in Cathkin Braes, where in a years time it would hold the Commonwealth games, I was ready to race after a good couple of weeks preparation. It was probably the first time I had been to Scotland where the temperatures exceeded 20 degrees and the sun was shining without clouds in the sky. The course was very fast and flowing, man-made, fun and very loose with gravel.
Sunday morning arrived and I had prepared well and was ready to race, with the race behind schedule by about 25 minutes, the U23 category was finally called up some 6-7 minutes after the elites and junior had set off. The gun went and I had a good fast start off the line and around the start loop leading it out, getting into the single track first with Becky Preece(U23) on my wheel I hit it hard to get a good lap in and see if I could drop her so I could get away early on my own. After lap 1 I had dropped her and got a lead of just over half a minute, lap by lap I extended my lead catching up with the other categories in front of me, riding on my own and reeling others in. I was so determined to win this race, ride it smoothly, be careful on my equipment and avoid any crashes, to get round and win the race. Coming up the finishing straight, I celebrated my first win of the year and even better earned myself another red,white and blue stripy jersey.
I’m mega chuffed with the result, this means I have a year to wear the jersey in the U23 category at World Cups abroad and I’ll definitely be proud to wear it in my races to come up within the next year, before defending it all over again next year. Thanks to all my sponsors at Hargroves for the support up to this event!