Sometimes it’s not how hard you’re hit but how hard you get up. Fieldy was a dejected sight 12 months ago when he lost his national title but as great champions do; he went back and looked at himself, changed things and made sure he came back stronger! He started the year with Britain’s best male World Cup results and it was clear he’d taken it up a notch. Come to Sunday evening in Bradford and we have the National title back with Ian!
Ian Field makes it five National Titles after winning in Bradford on Sunday. It looked like a canter but it was far from it, no National Championship comes easily. Despite being nervous, Ian got off to a flying start taking up the front of the race after half a lap and never looking back. The gap grew to 30 seconds quite quickly and extended as far as 50. On the last lap Ian took no chances with a new bike and a gentle lap to make sure he made no mistakes eventually taking the win by 34 seconds. Behind Ian, Nick Barnes, Jody Crawforth and Mike Butler all produced stellar performances; finishing 13th, 14th and 19th respectively, which ensured Hargroves Cycles/Ridley/Montezuma’s had four riders in the top 20!
Here’s what Ian had to say after the race.
“The plan was to start fast and put Liam under pressure because I know he normally starts quite slow but he got quite a good start today! But I seemed to get 9-10 seconds quickly and then the pressure was on him to make up 10 seconds which wasn’t easy around there! It was so slippery out there if you took risks in the corners you were putting everything on the line - I was just trying to get the power out when I could and remain smooth and calm in the corners. I think the best he did was peg me for a couple of laps, the legs started to hurt with 3 to go and I just hoped his (Liam Killeen) were hurting just as much! I backed it off and maintained the gap and then it went out and it meant I could cruise the last lap and avoid any mistakes! I took a bike change to make sure it was all ok and now I have 5 National Titles!”
On the Saturday, Helen took an incredible Silver medal in the Veteran women’s category. Helen took an an early lead before dropping into second place, but as debuts go we think it’s an exceptionally good one!
In the Veteran’s Over-50 race, Steve Davies took the Bronze medal after an interrupted season but it was a great way to start Sunday. Crispin Doyle was disappointed with his ride in the Over-40’s race coming home in 52nd place but as Crispin said: “There’s always next year!”
Earlier on the Sunday, Harry Yates finished in 12th in the Juniors, a ride he was disappointed with but with the highest calibre of junior races for many years it was no result to be disappointed with! Will Cooper finished in 20th place after a race long battle, Charlie Cooper was 32nd and Fletcher Adams finished 41st. In the Elite women’s race, Ruby Miller had a great performance finishing in the top 10. In the Junior women’s race Kara Perryman in her debut national championship for the team took a very strong seventh place with Ella Freeman following in 16th place!
All these collective results meant that Hargroves Cycles- Ridley – Montezuma’s became national team champions! An incredible achievement for the entire team from every individual!
We must also make a special mention to our pit crew, without them, our team wouldn't succeed! They get covered in mud and rush around to ensure our riders have fresh clean bikes every lap! You are all a special bunch and you know who you are!
Thank you to our sponsors, friends and family that made this season yet another truly successful one! We are national champions again!