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What A Weekend – Rapha Super Cross & national Trophy Rnd 2

It was another double header this weekend with the final round of the Rapha Supercross at Alexandra Palace and our home race, Round 2 of the national trophy series in Southampton.

Jody Crawforth & Steve James – photo Huw Williams

Day 1 Rapha Supercross:

After a tough start to the Super XCross series the team was out to make amends
and they did in style! All of the team got a great start and settled into the race with Steve James and Jody Crawforth with Matt and Andy Hargroves
in a group not far behind. Ruby Miller got a great start in the women’s sitting in 3rd. The tough course soon started to take its toll with Jody and Steve
ridding themselves of all competition and leaving the race to be decided between the 2 of them.

The Hargroves Rapha Team- photo Huw Williams

It all came down to 2 bike lengths with Jody getting it from Steve, Matt and Andy both came home in the top 20 and Ruby held onto 3rd. This meant that the team
won on the day and pushed themselves up to 2nd overall! Not a bad recovery after a bad start!

Jody, Steve and Tom Van Den Bosch – photo Richard Bennett

Day 2 National trophy Southampton:

Our home race saw British National Champion and national series leader Ian Field take to the start line looking
to defend his lead along with Jody, Steve, Tom, Andy, Matt H and Matt M in the Elite race. In an eventful race which saw a race long battle between
Ian and Hermans, Ian managed to get the edge in the last few corners and hold out for an emotional win for both Ian and Team owner Pete. Steve James
followed home soon after in 4th with Jody, recovering from a first lap crash which left him last, taking 6th. Tom Van Den Bosch finished in 7th, Matt
Macdonald taking 18th and Matt Hargroves paying for the previous days efforts coming home in 36th.

Ben Tulett – photo Graham Robins

In other races Ben Tulett retained his lead in the U14 series taking off at the start and never being seen again! Steve Davies took 2nd in the Over 50
category recovering from illness and injury to get himself back on the podium! Crispin Doyle regained his early season form to take 3rd in the over 40’s race.
Ruby Miller took 8th in the Elite women’s race after a big effort the day before. Harry Yates took 5th in the U16’s race sticking with the lead group until the
final few laps but hanging on to 5th.

Ian Field – photo Richard Bennett

“After the disappointment of being ill for the opening round of the World Cup series
it was back to home turf for the second round of the National trophy Series. Unsure of how I was after the illness I was a bit
apprehensive before the start especially with two fast U23 Belgian riders from the infamous Telenet Fidea squad on the start line.
However I got a good start and established a good gap with Quinten Hermens, one of the Belgians, we worked well together until come the
final lap where I waited for the right moment to hit the front and hold on for the Win. I was over the moon
to be back on top and feeling good again winning Hargroves’ ‘Home’ race. “
– Ian Field

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