Interview – Ian Field (British Cross Champion)


British Cyclo-Cross champion Ian Field of Hargroves Cycles-Ridley to focus on World Cups and National Trophy

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Interview – Ian Field (British Cross Champion)

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The first National Trophy of the year saw Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles – Ridley) return to the series after doing two of them last year at Milton Keynes and Bradford. Ian led for all but one of the laps in the race at Shrewsbury and whilst the ride by Liam Killeen was nothing short of superb coming from way back at the start to finish second, Field was also in a class of his own out front.


Talking to VeloUK after the race, the three time British senior cyclo-cross champion explained “It felt different doing the first one of the year because you don’t really know how you are going so it was good to get a race in at this level in before the first World Cup next weekend. It was a bit of a confidence boost really”.

“Ben (Sumner) went off like a rocket and I followed him until I went through on the second lap and came out of the woods with a gap so I thought I might as well press on. I could see Liam coming back but he wasn’t taking time out of me so I was quite pleased with that because I know he’s absolute quality.”

Ian talked about how the course changed during the day as well. “I went round the course at 9am and it was pretty tricky but during the day it did dry out. I was using brand new Challenge Baby Limus tubs which were cracking and perfect. The new bikes (Ridley) were great as well. It was a perfect day really.”

“I rode Ridley’s when I first signed for Hargroves six years ago and they are like a true classic setup with a high bottom bracket. It took a bit of getting used to again but I’d done a fair big off road with them and just love them. You can pretty much pedal round any corner you get to and they handle really well”.


Finally, I asked what the race programme is going to be for this cross season? “I am really concentrating on the World Cup Series. For me that is the pinnacle of the sport sand doing select Bpost bank trofee like the classic Koppenbergcross and some Super Prestige Series events but not full series”.

“I am doing five out of the six of the National Trophy’s so I am qualifying for the overall. It’s better to get two series in rather than trying to do everything.”

“And Milton Keynes World Cup finally? “I can’t wait – it’s going to be cracking and we need people to turn up and cheer for me!”

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