National Cyclo-cross Trophy Series – Milton Keynes
As the domestic national cross season draws to a close, we wrap up the season with Ian Field dominating the National Trophy Series securing his title as overall winner of the Elite men’s category for the second year running. Nicholas Barnes was also victorious and took home the title of overall winner of the under 23’s category in the same series.
A snowy Milton Keynes Bowl staged the final race of the 2015/16 National Trophy and having sealed his title early on in the series Ian Field concentrated his efforts on the World Cup race in Lignières-en-Berry.
Nicholas Barnes took to the line and amongst good company finished in 7th place in the Elite men’s category.
On the way up to Milton Keynes, Jody Crawforth was well up for the race but any hopes of the ground being frozen and the course being fast were dashed early in the morning.
“Having not had a good season I was keen to pull off a result in my last cross race of the winter. I got a good start but my legs just never got going in the mud. Massive thanks to the Hargroves pit crew again who worked hard on the jetwash. Overall, I’m disappointed with my results this season but when you don’t have the form there’s nowhere to hide in a cross race! I’ll have a bit of a rest now and look forward to riding in the spring and summer.” – Jody Crawforth.
Jody finished in 13th place in the Elite men’s category. Meanwhile in the Elite women’s race, Ruby Miller finished in 14th place and Harry Yates finished 3rd in the Junior men’s category.
In the Vet’s categories, Crispin doyle soldiered through the mud, picking up 13th place and Steve Davies finished in an impressive 4th place despite the tricky conditions.
Ian Field travelled to the middle of France for the penultimate round of the World Cup series.
“After a solid start through the first pits in 32nd we were off and running through some technical off camber corners, a tangle of bikes and some time later I was down in the 50’s. It was hard work on such a course to make my way back through but salvaged some points by finishing 39th. With one round remaining in the Netherlands, Hoogerheide I am sitting 27th overall. A final race in the series to turn the bad things of this weekend around” – Ian Field
This coming weekend Nick and Ian will compete in the final round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide in the Netherlands. Both Have been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Championships the week after in Zolder (Belgium) so this will be their last race to fine tune their form before riding on the big stage on the 30th and 31st of January!