National Trophy Round 2 – Southampton – 2013
Southampton Sports Centre was the hosting venue for National Trophy Cyclocross Round 2. This is the home event for the team so expectations were high.
The first races of the day were the Veterans 40 and 50s. In the Vet 40s race Crispin Doyle came within 20 seconds of a win to take second place. A great ride for Crispin showing he is right at the top of his category. In the Vets 50 category Steve Davies once again destroyed the field to finish is 1st place – a great start for he team.
Dan Tulett once again won the Youth race after another good fight with Joshua Waters. In the Junior race Tomas Franklin has another good ride to finish fifth and only a minute down on the winner.
The Elite race kicked off at 2.30pm. The weather was looking good and although it was damp under foot the conditions were good if a little slippery here and there.
Tom Van Den Bosch had made the trip over from Belgium with Steve James, Jody Crawforth, Matt Hargroves and Matt Woods all riding too.
After a fast start it was clear the series leader Paul Oldham was once again on form. After a mechanical issue on the far bank Oldham lost the lead to local rider Ben Sumner. Unfortunately for Sumner Oldham powered back to the front and eventually secured the win alone.
Tom Van Den Bosch rode a solid race to finish in 4th with Steve James in 6th and Jody Crawforth in 7th.