Hargroves Cycles RT: Ian Field brings home his 3rd National Trophy!
Sunday brought round the final round of the National Trophy series in Shrewsbury. A place perhaps not too fond in Ian’s memory after losing his national title there in January. He set about putting those memories to bed in spectacular style taking the race by the scruff of the neck and coming round after the first lap with a healthy lead. He proceeded to extend that lead up to a minute and a half and coast home comfortably. This meant that Field won the National Trophy series for the 3rd time in a row and hopefully, this leads him well into the Christmas World Cup rounds and the National Championships in Bradford. Here’s what he had to say:
Yesterday saw the final round of the National Trophy series taking place in Shrewsbury. I knew I only had to secure 26th or a better place result to confirm the overall victory but wanted to put on a good show of strength by winning the final race of the series. With heavy rain the previous day the course had turned into a muddy affair, resulting in a heavy going course and having to change bikes once every single lap. At the end of the first lap I got to the front of the race and put in an attack through the large wooded section of the course, I quickly opened up 20secs on the chasers and then continued to press home my advantage. In such tricky conditions, it was easier to ride hard and on the limit with full concentration rather than try and back off slightly and make mistakes. This led to my advantage reaching 1min30 by three quarters race distance. It was all about bringing the bikes home safely then and remaining in control as conditions worsened in the wooded sections. Taking my third win of the series and making it a hat-trick of consecutive National trophy overall wins rounded off a great series of races for me. Once again the pit crew and bikes never missed a beat throughout the entire day making my life so much easier! Next up for myself is the World Cup in Namur next weekend followed by 3 further races in Belgium over the Christmas period.
In other races, Harry Yates returned from an illness on the fast and slippery course to take a well deserved second place a result which far exceeded his expectations and keeps him in great shape for the national title in January. Nick Barnes finished 7th in the elite race, another top 10 for Nick in what has been a consistently stellar season. He will certainly be looking to a top 5 position come January. Tom Van Den Bosch had another solid performance finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th. Michael Butler finished in 24th an off day that he will be looking to flip come January. Steve Davies took 3rd in the Vet 50 race to round up the results from another strong performance from the Hargroves/ Ridley RT