It was Yorben Van Tichelt who took the honours in the opening round of the British Cycling National Trophy at Derby earlier today. The Marlux-Napolean Games rider set out his stall in the opening few laps with a turn of pace that left only last season’s winner Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles- RIDLEY RT) able to respond. The pair worked well together and as the clock ticked by the gap to the chasers soon hit the minute mark. Tichelt’s team mate Angelo De Clercq who placed second at Derby last year behind field went on the chase but barring any incident the front 2 were not going to be troubled.
The chase group grew to some 17 by the mid way point, Jack Clarkson and Paul Oldham(Hope Factory), Nick Barnes and Mike Butler(Hargroves-RIDLEY), Jan Denuwelaere(Mathieu-Kona) Dave Fletcher(Sherwood Pines-Felt- Envy) and Billy Harding(Oldfield/Paul Milnes) amongst the group couldn’t find an answer to the leaders and had to be content fighting out for 3rd. Billy Harding would ultimately finish 5th and take the under 23 race.
The lead pair exchanged the front position throughout the race working through the back markers with ease whilst the chase group’s numbers fluctuated throughout. With some 45 minutes elapsed that chase split, Denuwelaere, Butler,De Clercq and Nick Barnes moved away from the big chase group as the race approached the scaffold bridge but that would be short lived and were back into the chase within a lap.
With 2 laps remaining Van Tichelt made his move and got a gap to Field, The Belgium rider took to the bridge alone, Field had to respond immediately and got back on terms by the time they took to the hurdles. De Clercq get the gap on the chasers and looked to have kept his powder dry until the latter stages of the race.
With the bell ringing the lead pair rolled across the line together looking at each other. Again Van Tichelt attacked Field on the hurdles and made a few bike lengths but Field pegged the leader back but was unable to pass him and had to be content with 2nd the Belgium taking his first win at Derby. De Clercq attacked Field on the finish straight but Field wasn’t going to lose his 2nd place. Nick Barnes took 4th out sprinting Billy Harding followed by Clarkson, Dednuwelaere and Oldham all on the same time.
1 Yorben Van Tichelt Marlux-Napoleon Games
2 Ian Field Hargroves CyclesRidley RT
3 Angelo De Clercq Marlux-Napoleon Games
4 Nicholas Barnes Hargroves-Ridley RT
5 Billy Harding Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles
6 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing
7 Jan Denuwelaere Mahieu Kona
8 Paul Oldham Hope Factory Racing
9 Michael Butler Hargroves-Ridley RT
10 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
Hannah Payton(Kenesis UK) took the win and the series lead in the Elite Womens race. Payton,the winner of last season’s series took the race on from the front and along with Annie Simpson( Hope Factory) and Beth Crumpton(BOBC) all but dominated the big field. A strong road season for Payton and Simpson looked to be paying dividends on the fast course, only Crumpton able to stay with the pace of the pair.
The trio had took to the head of the race by the start of the 2nd lap, the field already split across the circuit. Abergavenny’s Ffyon James had settled into 4th spot unable to close the gap to the leaders but holding off a chase from Elspeth Grace(Welwyn Wheelers), Louise Mahe(Les Filles) and Jo Tindley(Ford Ecoboost).
Maddie Gammons(RP Vision RT) and Sophie Thackray(Sunsport Velo) and Speedflex’s Sophie Turnbull) headed the chase from the rest of the field but the leaders weren’t going to be troubled as they pushed on. With only a few laps remaining James began to slow allowing the chase to bridge the gap to make a chase group of 4 riders but it was to be short lived with Tindley feeling the pace and dropping back. With the Junior mens race finishing there would only be Payton and Simpson who were in front of the winner and had to complete another lap, Crumpton took 3rd after falling at the hurdles on the penultimate lap and losing touch with the lead group. James kept her 4th place and the first Under 23 home, Elspeth Grace finished 6th and first junior. The 2 leaders took to the final lap but it was Payton who had the edge of her road team mate Simpson and opened up the gap to take the chequered flag quite comfortably.
1 Hannah Payton Team Kinesis UK
2 Annabel Simpson Hope Factory Racing
3 Bethany Crumpton BootOutBreastCancer
4 Ffion James Abergavenny RC
5 Louise Mahe Les Filles Racing Team
6 Elspeth Grace Welwyn Wheelers CC
7 Jo Tindley Team Ford Ecoboost
8 Sophie Thackray SunSport Velo
9 Madeleine Gammons RP Vision RT
10 Fiona Turnbull Speedflex Race Team
Kris Lapere took a fine win in the Over 40 Veterans race. Taking to the head of the race in the opening lap the Belgian rider set out his stall and never took his foot off the gas, increasing his lead as the laps rolled by. A solid looking chase group of 5, including Jim Bryan(www.Zepnat RT), Nick Craig(SCOTT Racing), Ian Taylor(C & N Cycles) Darren Atkins(Ride Coventry) and Rob Jebb(Hope factory) kept the tempo high throughout the race but just couldn’t make inroads to leader. Lapser just missed the podium last season but he made no mistake this time, timing his race to perfection to take a lone win. Jim Bryan and Nick Craig took 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Chris Young(Pedalsport CC) claimed the win in the Over 50s veterans after a race long tussle with Pete Middleton(www.Zepnat RT), the race looking to go either way until the closing metres when Young jumped away to got the gap. Richard Cross(Stroud Valley Velo) took 3rd and Steve Davies(Hargroves Cycles-RIDLEY RT) took 4th, the pair fighting for the last podium place throughout the race.
Isla Rowntree(Islabikes) needed 1 bike and 1 gear to cross the line ahead of the field in the veteran women race beating Verity Appleyard(Brothertons Cycles) into 2nd and Alison Kinloch(VCUK PH-MAS) into 3rd.
Harriet Harndon(T-Mo Racing) took the win in the Under 16s girls race. Harndon who along with Poppy Wildman(SF Racing) and Ava Oxley-Szilagyi(VCUK PH-MAS) was part of a trio of riders who made the early lead. Amy Perryman(Solent Pirates) hooked on in the opening lap but the leaders proved too quick to stay with. A chase group including Perryman, along with team mate Abbie Manley and Towy Riders Eluned King formed a chase group but the podium was going to come from the lead trio. Herndon had the legs to get a small gap in the closing corners to take the win Wildman took 2nd place by a mere second from Oxley-Szilagyi.
Millie Couzens(Zappis CC) took a fine win in the Under 14 girls race from Anna Wadsworth(Beeline Bikes RT) and Charlotte Louise McGreevy(WXC World Racing)
Max Rusby(Pedalsport CC) rode a superb race to claim the win in the Under 16s boys race. An early lead by the current National Champion Ben Tulett(Beeline Gener8) looked as though the race was won before it had begun but rolling a tub mid race saw Tullet all but out of the race. Rusby sensed a chance and with Oliver Draffen(Derwentside CC) set about getting a lead over Lichfield’s Marcus Holmes and Lewis Askey(RST RT). The lead pair looked as though they would take the race to a sprint for the finish but on the last lap Rusby took the hurdles quicker then Draffen and got the gap he needed to ride away to take a lone victory. Draffen took a credible 2nd whilst Both Holmes and Askey finished 3rd and 4th respectively, a chasing Charlie Craig(SCOTT Racing) ran out of laps, a few seconds splitting 3rd,4th and 5th.
Finlay Pickering(Hull Thursday RC) took the win in the Under 14s boys race from Freddy Birchill(Certini) and Josh Giddings(MI Racing Academy) who secured his best result in the National Trophy Series.
Tom Pidcock(Oldfield /Paul Milnes) romped away in the Junior mens race taking away the yellow jersey to go with the one from the previous season. Pidcock looked unbeatable from the off, even having time to showboat coming across the bridge. A chase group formed, including Tom Mein(Derwentside CC), Mark Donovan(Wheelbase Altura), Toby Barnes(Lichfield CC) and Harry Yates(Hargoves-RIDLEY RT), the quartet having to fight it out for the remaining 2 places on the podium. Both Mein and Donovan got the gap on Barnes and Yates mid race leaving them to chase. Mein got the better of Donovan as the laps ticked away to take second by a few seconds whilst Donovan held on to 3rd.
1 Isla Rowntree Islabikes
2 Verity Appleyard Brotherton Cycles
3 Alison Kinloch PH-MAS VCUK WCT
4 Maddi Smith Bolsover & District CC
5 Tracey Fletcher Empella Cyclo-Cross
6 Karen Poole Sportstest RT
7 Christine Amos Chainline Cycle Club
8 Marie Jackson Paul Milnes Bradford Oly
9 Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
10 Lindsay Clarke Fenland Clarion
1 Thomas Pidcock Oldfield/Paul Milnes
2 Thomas Mein Derwentside CC
3 Mark Donovan Wheelbase Altura MGD
4 Toby Barnes Lichfield City CC
5 Harry Yates Hargroves CyclesRidley
6 Sean Flynn Edinburgh RC M
7 Euan Cameron Oldfield/Paul Milnes
8 Sam Moses Individual Member
9 Ross Harnden Malvern Cycle Sport
10 Harrison Knight Solihull CC
Vet O40 Men
1 Kris Lapere Annequin Cycling Team
2 James Bryan Zepnat RT
3 Nick Craig SCOTT Racing
4 Darren Atkins Ride Coventry
5 Ian Taylor C and N Cycles RT
6 Robert Jebb Hope Factory Racing
7 Daniel Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
8 Matthew Barrett Renvale RT
9 Tim Davies CC Abergavenny/JP Signs
10 Christopher Rathbone Individual Member
Vet O50 Men
1 Chris Young Pedalsport Cycling Club
2 Pete Middleton www.Zepnat RTLazer
3 Richard Cross Stroud Valley Velos
4 Steven Davies Hargroves CyclesRidley
5 Grant Johnson Sunset Cycles
6 Brian Johnson Cestria Cycles RT
7 Kirby Bennett Team Jewson-M.I.Racing
8 Matt Wilson Mountain Goat Coaching
9 John Mein Derwentside CC
10 Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden
Under 16 Boys
1 Max Rushby Pedalsport Cycling Club
2 Oliver Draffan Derwentside CC
3 Marcus Holmes Lichfield City CC
4 Lewis Askey RST Racing Team
5 Charlie Craig SCOTT Racing
6 Oliver Stockwell Welwyn Wheelers CC
7 Alec Gregory Leicestershire RC
8 Isaac Peatfield Green Jersey RT
9 Finn Mansfield The MI Racing Academy
10 Ben Tulett Beeline-Gener8
Under 14 Boys
1 Finlay Pickering Hull Thursday RC
2 Freddy Birchill Southfork Racing.co.uk
3 Joshua Giddings The MI Racing Academy
4 Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers CC
5 Ben Chilton Derby Mercury RC
6 Adam Bent Border City Wheelers
7 Kieran Riley Langdale Lightweights RT
8 Benjamin Peatfield Green Jersey RT
9 Aidan Lawrence Eastlands Velo
10 Joseph Blackmore Herne Hill Youth CC
Under 16 Girls
1 Harriet Harnden T-Mo Racing
2 Poppy Wildman SF Racing
3 Ava Oxley-Szilagyi PH-MAS VCUK WCT
4 Abbie Manley Solent Pirates
5 Amy Perryman Solent Pirates
6 Eluned King Towy Riders
7 Katie Scott Cotswold Veldrijden
8 Lauren Higham Welwyn Wheelers CC
9 Maddie Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT
10 Lucy Whearty Pedalsport Cycling Club
Under 14 Girls
1 Millie Couzens Zappi's Cycling Club
2 Anna Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT
3 Charlotte-Louise McGreevy WXC World Racing
4 Lotta Mansfield The MI Racing Academy
5 Grace Lister Wolverhampton Whls
6 Niamha Albones Liverpool Century RC
7 Bethany Barnett Kings Lynn CC F
8 Isla Mason Redditch Rd&Path CC
9 Emily Richards Bourne Whls CC
10 Annabel Parker Matlock CC
Harry Yates(Hargroves Cycles- Ridley) took the win at Pype Hayes Park earlier in the opening round of the WMCCL. Yates outsprinted Ben Wadey(Clee Cycles) and Toby Barnes(Lichfield City) to claim the first points of the new season.
Ford Ecoboost’s Charlotte Broughton got the better of Verity Appleyard(Brotherton Cycles) coming into the finish straight to claim the win in the womens race, the pair, along with Isla Rowntree(Isla Bikes) all but dominated the race from the outset but Rowntree was distanced on the final lap and had to content with 3rd spot on the podium.
Kirby Bennett(Team Jewson-MI) took the win in the Over 50s race from Ian Wright and Pete Harris(Pearce Cycles). Bennett led the big field from the gun, the veteran carrying over his form from the recent MTB World Championships the previous week to cross the line just ahead of Wright.
Matt Barrett(Renvale RT) claimed the Over 40s win and Anthony Neave was first U23 home finishing 10th in the last race of the day.
Full results can be found on www.racetecresults.com
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Liam Killen took the victory earlier today in the final round of the British Cycling National Trophy series at the Milton Keynes Bowl. The newly crowned National Champion riding for Specialized Racing looked to make light work of the wet conditions after a downfall of snow the previous night. Matthieu Boulo who re-signed for Team Raleigh -GAC for the 2016 season took a fine second place after pushing Kileen throughout the race. Dave Fletcher(Pines Cycles-Felt-Enve) completed the podium after a hard fought race with Paul Oldham(Hope Factory) and Nick Craig(Scott Racing).
It was Jack Clarkson(Hope Factory) who led the field away up the off camber bank on the opening lap, Clarkson, fresh from his third at the previous weeks Nationals looked to be in fine form but before the end of the first lap it was Billy Harding who took up the front, Clarkson slipping back but as Clarkson he to slipped back down the field. With the race settling down, it was Killen who moved to the front and along with Boulo set the tone of the race. Ben Sumner(Beeline-Gener8), Fletcher, Nick Barnes(Hargroves-Ridley) and Giles Drake(Leisure Lakes) were having to chase the two leaders down. The pits were to play their part in the race yet again, both Kileen and Boulo choosing not to take clean bikes and pulling more time away from the chasers first time around on the third lap, the mud still wet and not causing too many issues.
With the race at half distance the lead changed through the laps, both Kileen and Boulo having to run sections while the other managed to heave their bike through the mud, the chasers having to endure the same.
Coming into the penultimate lap Boulo attacked and got a gap on Kileen but the National Champion was soon back with the leader and counter attacked on the slippy off camber bank, knowing the threat of the Frenchman, Killen dug deep and started to ease a gap which he kept to take the win some 46 seconds to the good of Boulo. Dave Fletcher got the better of Oldham in the closing minutes to take third by a slender 10 seconds.
Sophie Wright took a fine win in the Elite Womens race, the Renvale Rt junior who didn’t start racing cross until last November rode an almost faultless race to take the victory from Abergavenny’s Ffyon James. Wright’s victory has been a victory that was waiting in the wings and was mixing things up on the opening lap. Beth Crumpton who finished the series second overall had no answer today to Wright and James and had to be content with third.
It was James who set the early pace, the rangy rider headed the field on the opening lap and with Emily Wadsworth(Beeline-Gener8) on her wheel it looked like the results were going to be totally different to the usual podium but Crumpton was never going to allow the two juniors to get any sort of time and soon bossed her way to the front to set the pace, both Wadsworth and James responded and with Merce Pacios-Pujado returning to the series the race looked as though it was going to be the usual given.The first time up the steps the four leaders were locked together and with Charlotte Broughton and Sophie Wright on a handful of bike lengths behind it was anyone’s guess who was going to take the day’s spoils.
It was half race distance that saw Wright work through the leaders to join James at the front and both riders took off together getting a gap on Crumpton who in turn got a gap on Pacios-Pajado and Wadsworth who were having their own fight. Delia Beddis(Vicious Velo) fresh from her third in the previous weeks National Championships was catching back to the front runners and even though the running suited her the podium was not going to see the VV rider grace its steps.
As the bell rang for the final lap Wright had rode away from James on the slopes into the finish and with her head down there was no stopping the junior Champion, James had no answer to the attack and had to be happy with second while Crumpton consolidated her losses to take third but it was Wright who had rode the race of her life to take her first Elite race win and thoroughly deserved it was.
With the Junior series wrapped up by Tom Pidcock(Oldfield/Paul Milnes) in round five , the final round would like many other categories, the decider for the runner up position and it was the National Champion, Mark Donovan(Beacon Wheelers) who took the victory and second place in the series. A fast race as is always the case in the junior race it was down to three riders who could take second, Donovan, Ben Turner(Oldfield/Paul Milnes) and Harry Yates(Hargroves-Ridley) and all three set their stall out from the gun, up at the sharp end of the race along with an on form Will Gascoyne(Pines Cycles-Felt-Enve) the quartet dominated the race, the lead swapping around until around the mid way point when Turner snapped the elastic and left the trio of Donovan, Gascoyne and Yates to fight it out for the podium. It was Donovan, who attacked Gascoyne on the penultimate lap and having the legs to carry him away for an almost solo final lap to the chequered flag. Yates held on to take third
It was all to play for in the Over 40s Vets race, With series leader, Darren Atkins and 2nd place Jim Bryan both not taking the start it was down to Hope Factory Racing’s Rob Jebb to finish the race and secure the series victory and that he did by over a minute from 2nd place Ian Taylor(C and N Cycles RT) and Andy Taylor(Same). It was the Taylors that took the lead on the opening lap, jumping away from Jebb and a chase group of Keith Murray(Scott Racing), Pete Middleton(Zepnat RT-Lazer Helmets), Dan Guest(Performance Cycles) and Rob Thackery(Oldfield/Paul Milnes) amongst others but it was Jebb on the third lap that took the lead coming up to the steps back into the arena, a lead he would not relinquish, Ian Taylor won the battle to take second from Andy Taylor and Keith Murray crossed the line a mere two seconds ahead of Pete Middleton.
Tim Gould(Zepnat Rt-Lazer Helmets) took the win in the Over 50s Veterans race after a gallant fight back to stamp his authority on the series. With Grant Johnson(Sunset Cycles) finding the going to his liking and scampering away with Richard Cross on the opening lap it was down to Chris Young(Pedelsport), Phil Roach(Team Jewson) and Gould to chase the leader down but on the first decent on the steep drop Gould lost a wheel on the mud and slid into the tapes, watching the race go by, Young and Roach attacked and moved up, the National Champion Gould having to work to crawl his way back and by the third lap he was into second behind Johnson, Young stuck to his wheel, Steve Davies(Hargroves-Ridley) was up with Roach but the chase for the podium places was going to be between the three leaders and it was Gould who attacked on the penultimate lap and left Johnson and Young to fight it out for second and third.
In the Women Veterans race Helen Pattinson(Solent Pirates) took her first victory in the series and secured second overall whilst Alison Kinloch(PH_MAS VCUK) took second and third in the series. Beacon Wheelers Nicola Davies completed the podium
Poppy Wildman(Nottingham Clarion) took the victory in the Under 16 girls, her fifth in the series to tidy up her Trophy series. It was Megan James(Abergavenny RC) who made the early move, heading up the race on the first lap, Wildman having to chase the Welsh girl down. Kim Baptista(Nutcracker Racing) found the legs to tag along in third, the position she held to the line and her first podium of the series. Wildman took the lead on the second lap and although James had the Nottingham girl in her sights all race, Wildman had enough to take the win. Elspeth Grace(Welwyn Wheelers) finished fifth but it was enough to secure second in the series whilst Xan Crees(Team Empella CX) took fourth on the day and third overall in the series.
In the Under 14 girls it was a battle between sisters Maddie and Anna Wadsworth(Beeline Bikes), Maddie having the legs to take the win from Anna. National Champion and series winner Ava Oxley-Szilagyi(PH-MAS VCUK) rolled in third but the overall results was academic, the series tied up by the fifth round. Maddie took second overall and Anna took third.
The Under 16s race was a three horse race between Toby Barnes(Lichfield City), Euan Cameron(Paul Milnes/Bradford Olympic) and Series leader Lewis Askey(RST).
A strong start by Barnes led the race out with Askey and Charlie Craig(Scott Racing) on his wheel, Cameron was just off the pace along with Callum Macleod(Palmer Park Velo) the pair having the work to do to bring the lead trio back. As the race settled Askey had taken the lead, Cameron had fought his way back into second and Barnes was holding third, Craig was a few bike lengths adrift but the pits would play their part, taking the chance of missing a clean bike Craig jumped back into the lead group and with two to go Cameron had taken the lead and was away, while Craig was sitting in second with Barnes in close contact, Askey was having the work to do to make the gap but on the penultimate lap the work paid off, Askey was back in second, a position he stayed until the finish. Cameron held the lead taking his second win of the series, Craig took third and Barnes fourth and second place overall in the series behind Askey.
In the Under 14s Emile Alexander(Lichfield City) took his fifth win of the series to clean sweep the season.The National Champion proved unbeatable on the tricky course leaving Leicestershire Road Club’s Alec Gregory to take second and second in the series. Oliver Stockwell(Welwyn Wheelers) completed the podium and took third overall in the series.
Ian Bibby took a fine win at Macclesfield’s South Park on Monday(28th). The NFTO rider dominated the second half of the one hour race after dropping Giles Drake(Leisure Lakes) and Dave Fletcher(Pines Cycles-Felt-Envy). A small group, made up of Bibby, Fletcher, Drake, Jack Clakson(Hope Factory) and Billy Harding(Oldfield-Paul Milnes) set the early pace but it was the top three that would eventually form the head of the race. Clarkson, held onto fourth place during the race but Harding dropped back to Nick Craig(Scott Racing) the pair wheel to wheel for the duration of the race, Harding taking fifth after getting the better of Craig on the final lap.
Nick Craig took the win in the veterans race some 20 seconds to the good of Rob Thackery(Oldfield-Paul Milnes). Pete Middleton(www.zepnat.com) took third. Alice Barnes took the win in the womens race.
1 Ian Bibby NFTO Pro Cycling
2 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
3 David Fletcher Pines Cycles/ FELT/ ENVE
4 Jack Clarkson Hope Technology
5 Billy Harding Oldfield/ Paul Milnes ERT
6 Nick Craig Scott Racing
7 William Gascoyne Pines Cycles/ FELT/ ENVE
8 Jack Humphreys Wheelbase Altura MGD
9 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers
10 Martin Woffindin Team Moda-Anon
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Team Raleigh GAC’s Steven Roach once again dominated the Coventry Road Club’s annual Boxing Day cross at a muddy Kenilworth Common. Roach, who also claimed the victory 12 months previous headed the race out on the start climb on Common Lane and never recinded that lead. Hope Factory Racing’s Dan Booth and Harry Yates(Hargroves-Ridley) stayed with the leader on the early laps but as the time ticked away both riders slid back. Darren Atkins(Ride Coventry) and Carl Sturgeon(Team Jewson) worked their way up to second and third respectively, both holding those positions at the chequered flag, Atkins 1-37 off the pace of the winner.
1 Steven Roach (Raleigh GAC) 1:00:16
2 Darren Atkins (Ride Coventry) at 1-37
3 Carl Sturgeon (Team Jewson) at 1-59
4 Harry Yates (Hargroves Cycles) at 2-03
5 Daniel Booth (Hope Factory Racing) at 2-20
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