Talkingshop: British Cyclo-Cross Champion Ian Field


For the second time in the 2012/13 series, the National Trophy was graced with the presence of the British Cyclo-Cross Champion Ian Field. VeloUK Spoke to him after the race in Derby

Ian Field’s race at Derby in pictures

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Prior to the race, his manager at Hargroves Cycles Racing Team Peter Hargroves wasn’t sure how his team leader was going to be and nor was Ian himself. “It was almost like the first race of the season because I have had five weeks away from racing which has felt like a lifetime during such a short season.”

“The legs were not too bad out there. Oli (Beckingsale) has been around for years and is a classy rider so he was always going to be there or thereabouts. I knew he was going to be tough to beat. The race was a bit strange early on as Oli was racing for the series so he was like driving it early on, and as soon as we got caught by Hofman, he sat on because he was only going for the race win.”


“It was a like a race within a race almost but when Hoffman went, he was obviously saving that bunny hop until he needed it. I wasn’t going to be risking bunny hopping after  what I did to get injured (see below).”

“I was pleased that I wasn’t lacking too much. I was just lacking that little ‘punch’ that you don’t get in training. You can train as hard as you want but you never really get that depth so happy to get a good race in my legs and I have a week before the championships.”

“It will be a good scrap in Bradford which suits me more than this one (Derby) and I am looking forward to it”.

Asked about the injury which was a dislocated shoulder, Ian explained “sometimes  you can get away with a dislocation but this time, I didn’t. I was hopping the planks and as I pulled up to hop, my arm came out and when I landed, it was out and it forced my arm bone up behind my shoulder. I could feel the top of my arm bone out the back some where!”

“The arm was just stuck out and wouldn’t move!”

“It was out for fifteen minutes before I was seen by a doctor. Luckily it was a World Cup so there was a qualified doctor there and he was able to put it back in. It’s just been a bit niggly ever since. It was five days in a sling so I spent two weeks on the turbo. After that, I’m happy to come back and have this sort of form.”

Good luck to Ian in Bradford next weekend.


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