Report-Results-Photos: National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Round 3

Kevin Eeckhout & Louise Robinson repeated their wins from Ipswich in the third round of the National Trophy in Southampton while there was a 1-2 for RST/Trigon Bikes in the Youth Girls

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Men’s Report – Eamonn Deane | Photos Graham Robins

National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Overall Rankings

Kevin Eeckhout, Coollens CT, took a second consecutive victory in the National Trophy series at Southampton, pulling away from a select group to win alone. Paul Oldham, Team Hope Factory Racing, held off a race-long challenge from Tom Van Den Bosch, Hargroves/Specialized/Trant, to secure second place and take the series leader’s Yellow Jersey from the shoulders of Endura’s Oli Beckinsgale.

Paul Oldham now in Yellow, Kevin Eeckhout and  Tom Van Den Bosch of home team Hargroves/Specialized/Trant on the podium after the Elite Men’s race.

Oldham tried to seize the initiative in the early stages but Eeckhout always seemed to have another gear. The Belgian forged ahead and thirty minutes into the hour long race, he held a lead of 20 seconds which would only get bigger. Despite not feeling 100% Oldham looked strong, and he had to be as Van Den Bosch pushed hard and was never far behind. Series leader going into round 3 at the Southampton Sports Centre, Oli Beckinigsale, Endura MTB Racing, had to settle for fourth place.

Bright sunshine, after a frosty start, helped to dry the course cut up from the supporting races but conditions could have been worse had rain forecasted for Saturday amounted to more. After the race Eeckhout spoke to Eamonn – Was it as easy as it looked? “No, No, sure not, it’s a hard race, its fast but it’s still tough because it is always uphill, never flat and with the sections with the running it’s not easy for the muscles as there is a lot of tension.”

“I love to race in England so much because you can race for the win because in Belgium the level is so high, I am not a bad racer but I don’t have the skills of the top guys. The people are so friendly here and I am pleased to see them, I am motivated to come here.”

“I ride the road in Belgium in the summer but it is a bit too long for me, I prefer the shorter distance. I raced in Belgium yesterday and came second, I am very happy about my condition and form. I slept in Folkestone last night for eleven hours so is enough? Next week I have the regional championships in East Flanders”.

Local rider Mike Cotty, Wheelbase-Cannondale, & Stu Bowers, Hargroves, found the going tough and finished well down the field “I am not the rider I used to be “joked Bowers, “It’s just hard, I need to train, at 36 I can’t wing it anymore”. Cotty was more upbeat ”It was sort of draggy all the way round, you have to stay as composed as you can, you think you are going backwards but everyone is going backwards because it is so draggy. Someone caught their handlebar in the tape and brought three of us down I lost a few seconds apart from that it was great fun”.

The action moves north to the Temple Park Centre, South Shields. Round 4 in the 6 race series is on December 2nd.

Hargroves Cycles rider Steve James in 6th was again the first Under 23 rider 


1 Kevin Eeckhout Coolens Cycling Team Belgium 1.5.48
2 Paul Oldham Team Hope Factory Racing 0.39
3 Tom Van Den Bosch Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 1.0
4 Oli Beckingsale Endura MTB Racing 1.16
5 David Fletcher Orange Monkey/Cannondale 1.36
6 Steven James Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Under 23 2.39
7 Peter Ghyllebert An Post – Sean Kelly – Belgium 2.40
8 Adam Martin Cestria Cycles RT Under 23 3.7
9 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles RT Under 23 3.12
10 Dany Lacroix VC de l’Espoir Condruzien (Belgium) 3.18
11 Edward McParland GT Racing UK Under 23 3.20
12 Lewis Craven 3.22
13 Robert Jebb Team Hope Factory Racing 3.45
14 Michael Cotty Cannondale Racing 4.57
15 Angelo de Clerq Belgium Under 23 5.27
16 Dieter Droger Dirtwheels Cycles 5.29
17 William Bjergfelt Cycle Premier – Kovert 5.30
18 Lee Williams Team Wiggle 5.33
19 Darren Barclay Arctic Sram RT 5.45
20 Nicholas Barnes RT/Kuota/GSG Under 23 5.45
21 Crispin Doyle Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 6.15
22 Lorenzo Pepermans Cycling Team Zemst (Belgium) Under 23 6.19
23 Dave Collins Team Hope Factory Racing 6.31
24 George Thompson Sleaford Whs CC/Chandlers/Solo Under 23 6.42
25 Jack Humphreys Under 23 6.52
26 Matt MacDonald Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 7.3
27 Tom Payton Islabikes 7.26
28 Steven Ward MTS Cycle Sport/Inkland/Elvet RT 7.34
29 Mark Cotton Ellmore Factory Racing 8.7
30 Scott Chalmers Dream Cycling 8.42
31 Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 9.18
32 Alex Payton Team GWB – ACTIV at 1 lap
33 Andrew Waterman Vicious Velo
34 Charles Coleman Cadence Cannondale Under 23
35 Dennis Lisbygd Icknield RC/Compomotive Wheels
36 Andrew Taylor Craven Energy
37 Bruce Dalton The Kinesis Morvelo Project Under 23
38 James Dalton Pedalsport CC
39 Neil Hayward Torq Performance
40 William Thompson GB
41 Simon Maudsley Dirtwheels Cycles
42 Chris Atkins Team Specialized
43 James Cotty Cannondale Racing
44 Mark Smith Crawley Wheelers at 2 laps
45 Michael Guilford Team Silva/Craft
46 Ben Spurrier Vicious Velo
47 Jeremy Hicks Rugby Velo
48 Oscar Hutchings VC Venta Under 23 at 3 laps
49 Neil Ellison WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Rapid
50 Joe Atkins Coventry RC Under 23
51 Stuart Nisbet Crawley Wheelers at 4 laps
52 Glenn Whittington Individual Member
53 James Atherton VC St Raphael
54 Stewart Ward Ful-On Tri Club
55 Greg Anderson Team at 5 laps

Under 23: Steve James, Hargroves Cycles,

Women’s Event

Louise Robinson (Isla Bikes) continued her winning run in the Women’s races with another Trophy victory, this time in Southampton. The former World Championship Silver medallist again had to fight off the challenge of Hope rider Adela Carter who got the better start.

The race soon started to take shape as Robinson bridged up to Carter with another Hope rider, Annie Simpson not far away. As the tough course started to take its toll, Robinson started to distance Carter while Simpson had lost contact with her teammate. That was how the race remained with Robinson increasing her lead in the series.

1 Louise Robinson (V) Islabikes 33.03
2 Adela Carter Team Hope Factory Racing 0.34
3 Annabel Simpson Team Hope Factory Racing 0.59
4 Delia Beddis Dirtwheels Cycles 1.37
5 Hannah Payton The Kinesis Morvelo Project 2.7
6 Alice Barnes (J) Orbea 2.23
7 Tamina Oliver Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 2.36
8 Karen Verhestraeten Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 2.43
9 Leona Kadir La Fuga – Sigma Sport 3.52
10 Emily Barnes (J) Condor Cycles 4.22
11 Anna Buick University of Manchester CC 4.22
12 Claire Beaumont Vicious Velo 4.51
13 Keira McVitty (J) 5.20
14 Verity Appleyard Brotherton Cycles 6.24
15 Anna Cipullo Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 6.39
16 Melissa Brand Pretorious Bikes 7.7
17 Sian Botteley (J) Bourne Wheelers CC 7.37
18 Marianne Heffron (V) Matlock CC/Chubb/Farmers/Wards 7.58
19 Francesca Morgans-Slader (J) Lee Valley Youth CC 11.18

First Junior: Alice Barnes (

In the other races, there was a 1-2 for RST Clothing/Trigon riders (above) in the Youth Girls race as Grace Garner found her form to win the race from her teammate and series leader Abby-Mae Parkinson while in the Boys race, Will Gascoyne denied Tom Franklin of the home team, Hargroves Cycles the victory. Dan Tulett as expected provided a home win for Hargroves Cycles by dominating the Under 14 Boys race while Jessica Roberts won the under 14 girls race from series leader Emily Wadsworth.

In the veterans 40-49 Darren Atkins soloed to victory in yet another very competitive race with lots of riders in contention before the speed of the race saw fatigue creeping into the legs and Atkins drew clear. It was then a battle for the minor places with Andy Peace, Chris Rathbone and Chris Young all evenly matched before Peace gapped his rivals and took second from Rathbone. In the Over 50s, Steve Davies has yet to find a challenger and won again ahead of Phil Roach and British champion Mick Bell.

Belgian visitor Jelle Vanden Dries led the British riders home in the Junior race but only just as Jake Womersley pushed him all the way to the line. Adam King was third only four seconds adrift of the riders fighting for the win.

Kevin Eeckhout

 Jessica Roberts (centre) is all smiles after winning the under 14 girls race from series leader Emily Wadsworth (left) and Isabelle Boon


Veteran 40 to 49

1 Darren Atkins Team Jewson/Thule/Kinesis/CNP/MI 38.40
2 Andrew Peace Crosstrax 0.29
3 Chris Rathbone Individual Member 0.37
4 Chris Young Pedalsport CC 0.38
5 Michael Simpson GS Henley 0.58
6 Ian Taylor Craven Energy 1.06
7 Greg Simcock Team Scott UK 1.25
8 Richard Lister Ellmore Factory Racing 1.56
9 William Girvan North Hampshire RC 1.58
10 Mike Young Pedalsport CC 2.07
11 Chris Taylor Pedalsport CC 2.10
12 Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden 2.45
13 Kevin Knox Vicious Velo 2.55
14 Richard Noble Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue 3.14
15 John Mein Derwentside CC 3.20
16 Sean Williams Individual Member 3.28
17 Robin Willmott GA Cycles 3.34
18 Stephen Booth www/ RT/Kuota/GSG 3.39
19 Chris Green Matlock CC/Chubb/Farmers/Wards/Fearns 3.58
20 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijden 4.03
21 George Higgs Crawley Wheelers 4.18
22 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden 4.05
23 Peter Scott Cotswold Veldrijden 5.01
24 Mark Botteley Bourne Wheelers CC 5.01
25 David Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT 5.17
26 Richard Lewis Kenilworth Wheelers CC 5.38
27 Adam Ellis Spalding CC 5.44
28 Chris Hutchings VC Venta 5.55
29 Steven Dance Andover Wheelers 6.09
30 Nick Walmsley Cotswold Veldrijden 6.09
31 Nigel Langridge Crawley Wheelers 6.13
32 Richard Atkinson Hambleton RC 6.29
33 Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 6.29
34 Martin Dymond Individual Member 6.38
35 Richard Collins Imperial RT 6.45
36 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijden 8.19
37 Robert Carter VC Venta 9.31
38 Brian Bingham Reading CC 9.49
39 Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijden 10.16
40 Adrian Kilworth Welland Valley CC 11.59
41 Simon Hookway Sherwood Pines Cycles/Co-op Motor at 1 lap
42 Simon Tottle Festival RC
43 Phillip Chinn Fareham Wheelers CC
44 Richard Bennett Cotswold Veldrijden

Veteran Over 50

1 Steven Davies Southfork 39.52
2 Philip Roach Team Jewson/Thule/Kinesis/CNP/MI 1.02
3 Mick Bell London Fire Brigade CC 1.31
4 Dave McMullen GWR Team/Swindon Cycles/High 5 1.35
5 Mick Davies Team Pedal Power 2.19
6 Ian Wright Cycle Shack/Forme Coaching 2.33
7 David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden 3.04
8 Roy Hunt Colnago – Microshift – Skins 3.07
9 Kevin Payton Stourbridge CC 3.13
10 Douglas Fox Crawley Wheelers 3.27
11 Peter Bolke Individual Member 3.54
12 Andrew Roberts GWR Team/Swindon Cycles/High 5 4.01
13 Mike Welburn Lichfield City CC 4.09
14 John Rice Beacon Roads CC 4.39
15 Martin Eadon Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 4.43
16 Malcolm Cross Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 4.51
17 Tim Costello Southdown Velo/Geared Bikes/Hunter 4.52
18 David Garrett Rugby Velo 4.56
19 Andy Webb Kenilworth Wheelers CC 5.42
20 Tim Stowe Team Jewson/Thule/Kinesis/CNP/MI 5.50
21 Gary Hipwell Rugby Velo 6.12
22 Anthony Dyment North Hampshire RC 6.32
23 Charles Warren Individual Member 6.38
24 Vic Barnett Welland Valley CC 7.35
25 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT 8.31
26 Garry Townsend Rugby Velo 10.38
27 Peter Mooney Rugby Velo 11.38
28 Gary Bentley Spalding CC at 1 lap
29 Geoff Booker Oxonian CC
30 Christopher Devine Individual Member


1 Jelle Vanden Dries BKCP – Enertherm (Belgium) 38.20
2 Jake Womersley Sportscover Altura RT photo finish
3 Adam King Cardiff JIF/Cyclopaedia 0.04
4 Billy Harding Paul Milnes/ Bradford Olympic RC 0.25
5 Benjamin Pygott Paul Milnes/ Bradford Olympic RC 0.36
6 Matthew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 0.44
7 Harry Franklin Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 0.49
8 Jack Ravenscroft Solihull CC 1.15
9 Sean Dunlea Ciclos Uno 1.42
10 Joe Griffiths Dream Cycling 2.37
11 Matthew Woods Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 3.04
12 Oliver Maxwell VC Rutland/Rutland 3.20
13 Sebastian Marsh Paul Milnes/ Bradford Olympic RC 3.36
14 Chris McGovern Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles 3.56
15 Liam Earl Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles 4.50
16 Luke Kennard VC Jubilee 5.39
17 Robert Bolwell VC St Raphael 5.43
18 Jordan Gell VC Lincoln/Pygott&Chrone/B&O 5.58
19 Connor Murphy VC Jubilee 6.09
20 Gregory Dighton Beacon Roads CC 7.17
21 Samuel Bentley Spalding CC 8.50


Under 16 Boys

1 William Gascoyne Matlock CC/Chubb/Farmers/Wards 29. 49
2 Tomas Franklin Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 0.59
3 David Barnes Condor Cycles 1.17
4 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers 1.52
5 Christopher Barnes RT/Kuota/GSG 2.02
6 Arthur Green Team Hope Factory Racing 2.16
7 Robert Armstrong Bill Nickson Cycles RT 2.26
8 Tim James Bourne Wheelers CC 3.05
9 Oliver Peckover Nottingham Clarion CC 3.19
10 Henry Thompson Sleaford Wheelers CCChandlers/Solo 3.19
11 Ryan Phillips Wolverhampton Wheelers/Williams 3.35
12 Matthew Clements Lee Valley Youth CC 3.43
13 Matthew Worton Hetton Hawks CC 3.51
14 Jake Charlton VC Deal/Activ/Hammond/Rowland/Nico 4.01
15 Jack Saunders Swindon RC 4.33
16 Henry Barnes Baines Racing Silverstone Cycle 5.04
17 Joshua Nelson Halesowen A & CC 5.06
18 George Baker Kings Cliffe Flyers CC 5.37
19 Louis Killworth Welland Valley CC 5.46
20 Daniel Tuley Chapel Tr-Stars Junior Triathlon Club 5.51
21 Christopher Rothwell Swindon RC 6.05
22 Callum Mackie Lee Valley Youth CC 6.24
23 Thomas Weeds Derby Mercury RC 7.34
24 Oliver Priddle Eastbourne Rovers CC 8.04
25 Kieran Woods Charlotteville CC at 1 lap

Under 16 Girls

1 Grace Garner RST Racing Team – Trigon 34.44
2 Abby-Mae Parkinson RST Racing Team – Trigon 0.01
3 Amira Mellor Holme Valley Wheelers 1.19
4 Jessica Wilkinson Birkenhead North End CC 1.32
5 Sarah Lomas Matlock CC/Chubb/Farmers/Wards 2.50
6 Charlotte Broughton MG Décor 4.17
7 Abigail van Twisk VC Londres 5.08
8 Ffion James Abergavenny RC/Lane/Govilon/Gateway 5.25
9 Jessica Willett Sherwood Pines Cycles/Co-op Motors 7.33
10 Amy Smith VC Jubilee 8.55
11 Ciara Hutchinson Swindon RC 10.0

Under 14 Boys

1 Daniel Tulett Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant 29.58
2 Mark Donovan Beacon Wheelers 2.54
3 Thomas Mein MTS Cyclesport/Inkland/Elvet RT 3.22
4 Harry Yates Lichfield City CC 3.22
5 Calum Fernie Nottingham Clarion CC 4.44
6 Scott Hookway Sherwood Pines Cycles/Co-op Motors 4.51
7 Georg Mew Jensen Lee Valley Youth CC 4.51
8 Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC 4.59
9 Anthony Anderson Kingston Wheelers CC 5.06
10 Harry Lewis Sherwood Pines Cycles/Co-op Motors 5.46
11 Matthew Taylor Pedalsport CC 6.35
12 Elliot Lassiter Swindon RC 6.55
13 Ozzie Chmiel Nottingham Clarion CC 7.17
14 Xavier Sullivan-Touye Halesowen A & CC 7.25
15 Matthew Ellis Spalding CC 8.14
16 Oliver Dighton Beacon Roads CC 8.34
17 Joseph Beckingsale Abergavenny RC/Lane/Govilon/Gateway 8.54
18 Adam Botteley Bourne Wheelers CC 9.46
19 Charlie Cooper Chapel Tr-Stars Junior Triathlon Club 10.05
20 Jacob Tresham Team Milton Keynes 10.22
21 Matthew McGovern Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles at 1 lap
22 Joseph Feiven Solihull CC
23 Thomas Burnett VC Londres
24 Erin Baker Southdown Velo/Geared Bikes/Hunter
25 Ieuan Woods Charlotteville CC
26 Simeon Young Pedalsport CC

Under 14 Girls

1 Jessica Roberts Towy Riders 29.25
2 Emily Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT 1.38
3 Isabelle Boon Belper BC 2.07
4 Joni Wildman Nottingham Clarion CC 2.15
5 Lucy Nelson Halesowen A & CC 3.24
6 Sophie Holmes Vivelo-Bikes/Inverse Cyclaim RT 6.11
7 Madeleine Gammons Bourne Wheelers CC 8.30






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