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Rapha Supercross Report and Team round up

Another busy weekend has passed for our team. This weekend was the final weekend of the Rapha Supercross which was held at two separate locations with two contrasting styles of course. Round 2 on the Saturday at Misterton Hall and round 3 at Alexandra Palace in London.

Round 2 on the Saturday Steve James came home a fantastic  2nd with Jody Crawforth not far behind him in 3rd – had it not been for a dropped chain Jody looked set for the win! Andy Hargroves came home in 9th giving us level points in the team prize but because Hope Factory Racing had won the race we had to take 2nd in the team prize on the day. Matt Hargroves who is a Junior rider produced a brilliant ride to get 12th place. This put him close enough behind Andy Hargroves to guarantee the team’s place had there been a problem for Andy. By the end of the first two rounds the Hargroves Cycles race team was sat in 2nd place overall.

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Round 3 on the Sunday at Alexandra Palace in London  proved to be a completely different course to round 2 with tough conditions and a great deal of elevation. Jody Crawforth took 2nd place in the race with Steve James following behind to take 4th but with the team prize it’s all about the third rider. Andy Hargroves came home in 12th place beating the third Hope rider and clinching the team prize for the day. This meant that the Hargroves Cycles race team was drawing on points with Hope Factory Racing in the overall, but unfortunately lost on count back as they had won two rounds against our one round win. Steve James was crowned Under 23 overall series champion – a brilliant result for what has been a highly successful series for us. Big thanks to everyone who has been involved and supported us.

The team for the weekend was, Jody Crawforth, Steve James, Andy Hargroves, Matt Hargroves and Stu Bowers.

In other races; Dan Tulett won the support youth race at Alexandra Palace with a stunning performance. Tamina Oliver took another win in the Wessex league in the women’s category which boosted her lead in the Wessex league. Harvey Lowe took the win in the junior category with Matt woods still leading the junior Wessex league series overall.

Ian Field finished 35th in extremely muddy and brutal conditions at Round 2 of the Cyclo Cross World Cup in Plzen. Ian will be back racing on Thursday at the famous Koppenberg cross.

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