Ian Field does it again and makes it 2 National Championships in a row!
Ian Field retained his Elite National Cyclo Cross title in Bradford on Sunday in style worthy of the jersey. Ian started fast and led the race from start to finish managing the gap and saving enough to hold off the late surge from behind.
Jody Crawforth helped Ian get off to a flying start by leading him off for the first half lap and then finished in 14th place. Crispin Doyle finished in 28th after being caught up in a very heavy first lap crash.[nggallery id=39]
Steve Davies carried on his fantastic form and won the Vet over 50’s with a fine win taking almost a minute and a half out of 2nd place!
Hargroves Cycles RT won the National Club Championship for the 5th time. This is an event contested over all categories throughout the weekend crowning the most complete team. We have now won this event 4 years in a row!
In the under 23’s race Steve James fell just short of defending his title finishing 2nd with absolutely nothing left. It was an inspired ride after having 2 punctures and having seen his team mates fight so hard the day before after having bad luck.
Harry Franklin and Matt Hargroves produced 2 of the rides of the weekend both riding incredibly mature rides. Both were in the mix for the silver and bronze medals with one other rider. On the final climb Matt suffered from cramp and dropped away to finish just behind Harry who was able to push on at the end and get the bronze medal.
On day 1 after Steve’s fantastic win things didn’t go quite to plan. After an incredible start Dan Tulett snapped his chain just metres after the pit exit meaning he had to run half a lap and got onto his bike more than 2 minutes behind the leader. But Dan showed tremendous character and managed to claw over a minute and a half to come in just over a minute behind the winner in 4th place.
Tom Franklin had an amazing ride despite dropping his chain whilst in the lead. He again showed a huge amount of character and kept plugging away and picked up a well earned silver medal.
Malcolm Cross had an extremely good day finishing in the bronze medal position in the Vet over 55 category. Martin Eadon finished in 37th place in the over 50’s. In the women’s event Tamina Oliver finished in 12th place with Anna Cipullo finishing in 22nd place.
In Belgium Tom Van Den Bosch had an unlucky day crashing after just 150 metres but managed to claw his way back up to 11th place on a day that Tom felt good and thought that a podium was possible. But Tom will be back next year to try again!
Because of this weekend we are delighted to announce that Steve James and Ian Field have both been selected to ride for Great Britain at the World Championships in Louisville in America.
Thank you all for your support this weekend and this year. None of this would have been possible without you’re help! This year we have experienced terrible riding conditions due to the wet weather. Despite these conditions our Specialized Carbon Crux frames, Shimano components and Kalas clothing have proved outstanding – never letting us down and carrying us to the success we’ve enjoyed this season.