Hargroves Cycles Makes National Trophy Race History at Milton Keynes
This weekend the Hargroves Cycles Race Team made National Trophy history with an unprecedented 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the elite race.
The day started well – a sunny and dry day made for great riding conditions on a spectator friendly course. The first men in action for Hargroves were Crispin Doyle in the V40s and reigning National Champion Steve Davies in V50s. Crispin had the ride of his life going head to head with Darren Atkins for the majority of the race to take second place. Steve Davies put in another class ride to finish nearly 2 minutes ahead of his nearest rival and win the race.
The Tulett brothers were once again dominating the Under 16 and Under 14 categories. Pumped up from his World Cup victory Dan Tulett made no mistake in once again winning the Under 16s race. Brother Ben came very close to another victory taking second place in the Under 14s.
History was made in the Elite race with riders from the Hargroves Cycles Race Team finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the elite race. Ian Field was over from Belgium to make a rare UK appearance and his recent good run of results was certainly evident in his form.
A group of eight riders was formed soon after the first lap and it contained Ian Field, Tom Van Den Bosch, Steve James and Jody Crawforth. These riders would be the main protagonists in the next hours racing.
Series leader Paul Oldham suffered a heavy fall during the second lap and spent the rest of the race playing catch up. The quartet of Hargroves riders were quick to capitalise on this and numerous attacks were made at the front to keep the pace electric.
A testing set of steps proved to be the deciding factor for this elite group. Ian Field took the opportunity to stretch the group at this point and really moved the pace up a notch. It was from here that Ian showed his class and forged a path for first place with nobody able to challenge.
Behind Ian the remaining Hargroves riders were still fighting for position. With the Under 23 competition wide open Steve James came home second. Jody Crawforth and Tom Van Den Bosch dropped the rest of the group somewhere in the woods and sprinted head to head in a fight for the podium in third and fourth place making it 1,2,3,4!
A fantastic day for the team with a truly unique and unprecedented result.