Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) stormed to his fourth British national cyclo-cross title in Abergavenny, Wales on Sunday, beating rival Liam Killeen (Specialized UK) into second, with Lewis Craven (Wheelbase Altura MGD) third.
“The race went to plan, I think it was text book actually. I bided my time and let other riders get the freshness and the excitement out of their legs,” Field told British Cycling at the finish.
“I put 100 percent effort in when I attacked and the gap to the others grew and grew as the race went on, which allowed me to ride my own race towards the end.”
Field watched on as several of his rivals dictated the pace in the opening minutes of the action. Steven James (Hargroves Cycles) and Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT) were among the early leading contenders but when the Hargroves rider began to drop back it was Steven Roach who hit the front, with Jody Crawforth and Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT), Lewis Craven, Field and Killeen also in contention.
Killeen was one of the first to push on from the leading group, leading the elite group as they began to climb, but it was Field whose acceleration made the biggest difference. The three-time champion was simply too strong for the rest of the competition and even Killeen was unable to match the Hargroves rider as he tore away from the field.
With four laps to go, Field had 38 seconds over Killeen and Craven, and despite a late surge from Crawforth, Craven held on to take bronze.
“Steve James went early, he was super fresh today, he was ill last week. I think he did a good job for the team getting some publicity early on. I sat on the wheels in the opening few laps, just to see what others were going to do then got going when I thought the time was right,” Field added.
“The pressure on me to win the Nationals gets a bit less each year. I've won it four times now, as well as the National series and had a 12th at Milton Keynes so it’s been a good season for me.”
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT)||1:04:42|
|2||Liam Killeen (Specialized UK)||0:00:37|
|3||Lewis Craven (Wheelbase Altura MGD)||0:00:57|
|4||Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT)||0:01:13|
|5||Steven Roach (Ride Coventry)||0:01:53|
|6||Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT)||0:02:17|
|7||Nick Craig (Pioneer Scott Syncros)||0:02:58|
|8||Steven James (Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT)||0:04:08|
|9||Robert Jebb (Hope Factory Racing)||0:04:17|
|10||Tony Fawcett (Pioneer Scott Syncros)||0:04:40|
|11||James Spragg (www.inthemud.cx)||0:05:04|
|12||Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes Bikes.com)||0:06:04|
|13||Michael Butler (BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing)||0:06:09|
|14||Tim Davies (CC AbergavennyJP Signs & Print)||0:06:16|
|15||Bruce Dalton (The Kinesis Morvelo Project)||0:06:28|
|16||Daniel Booth (Hope Factory Racing)||0:06:30|
|17||Scott Chalmers (Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT)||0:06:45|
|18||Andrew Naylor (Fossa Racing)||0:08:17|
|19||Daniel Guest (Performance Cycles)||0:08:32|
|20||Chris Metcalfe (Charge Bikes)|
|21||David Lines (Starley Primal Pro Cycling)|
|22||George Atkins (Team Raleigh-GAC)|
|23||Scott Wilson (Manchester Whlrs Club)|
|24||Tom Payton (Islabikes)|
|25||Keith Murray (Pioneer Scott Syncros)|
|26||Lee Shunburne (Fossa Racing)|
|27||Scot Easter (Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT)|
|28||Colin Miller (Ride Coventry)|
|29||Joseph Lally (CC AbergavennyJP Signs & Print)|
|30||Philip Hinch (Brotherton Cycles)|
|31||Perry Bowater (Bicicielo)|
|32||Luke Gray (Trek Cyclo-Cross Collective)|
|33||Andrew Parry (Urban-Cyclery)|
|34||Chris Pedder (Individual Member)|
|35||Jamie Newall (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT)|
|36||Gruffudd Lewis (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT)|
|37||James Thompson (Langsett Cycles RT)|
|38||Matthew Zietz (I-Ride.co.uk)|
|39||Simon Maudsley (Team Vertex)|
|40||Gavin Hardwicke (Fossa Racing)|
|41||Kristian Spreckley (Manchester Whlrs Club)|
|42||Charlie Williams (Cheltenham & County CC)|
|43||James Britton (Bristol CX)|
|44||Ben Spurrier (Vicious Velo)|
|45||Simon Forster (Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue)|
|46||Matt MacDonald (Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT)|
|47||Dan Vockins (Individual Member)|
|48||James Leach (Imperial Racing Team)|
|49||George Kirkin (Imperial Racing Team)|
|Andrew Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT)|
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