2018 British CX Championships: Day 2

Grant Ferguson, Helen Wyman, Evie Richards, Tom Pidcock and Sean Flynn winners after a big day of racing at Hetton Lyons at the 2018 British CX Championships

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2018 British CX Championships: Day 2

The second day of the 2018 British CycloCross Championships at Hetton Lyons saw six titles awarded. The winners were:

Helen Wyman (Elite Women)
Grant Ferguson (Elite Men)
Evie Richards (Under 23 Women)
Tom Pidcock (Under 23 Men)
Harriet Harnden (Junior Women)
Sean Flynn (Junior Men)

Of all the winners, the rider with the most titles is Helen Wyman (above) who won her 10th on the day after a race long battle with Nikki Brammeier who was the defending champion. “It’s really important to win the National Championships – you get to wear the jersey all year, which is really exciting,” said Wyman.

“I knew it was going to be a good battle today and I really had to think about how to win that race because Nikki was super strong. I think it must have been exciting for the spectators. It was probably less than 15 second for the finish and I hope everyone enjoyed it. I really enjoyed being in the battle.”

It didn’t take long for Wyman and Brammeier to edge clear of the rest but it wasn’t until late in the race that Wyman managed to gap Brammeier and go on to win her tenth title. With Brammeier in second, another battle was for the bronze. Hannah Payton managed to edge clear of Beth Crumpton for a while but the National Trophy winner Crumpton came back to Payton before moving on ahead to take the Bronze with Payton 4th.

Helen Wyman keeps position at the front as the race hist the off road for the first time

Half a lap later and some climbing, Nikki Brammmeier and Helen Wyman were clear …

With Beth Crumpton on her Boardman Bike and Hannah Payton fighting over the bronze medal

L-R: Nikki Brammeier, Helen Wyman and Beth Crumpton

Scotland’s Ferguson Gets the Better of Field
With a National Trophy event in Scotland next season, it was perhaps on the cards that there would be a Scottish winner in the Elite Men’s race as Grant Ferguson managed to gap Ian Field and go on to win his first senior title after three Under 23 championships. The national cross country mountain bike champion added the cyclo-cross title to his collection by attacking five time champion Ian Field (Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) with two laps to go. Also in the mix at this point until a crash was Liam Killeen, many people’s favourite in pre-race chatter.

The Scottish rider, who had a brilliant Trophy ride at Bradford (2nd and first Brit), held on to his gap ahead of Field to win the stripes and afterwards was very pleased to win the championship and to be wearing the champion’s jersey next season – “It means a lot, I’ve been trying really hard for this so I’m really happy. I knew Ian and Liam would be the main competition so I was fully prepared”.

Stephen James leads the charge and his pace caused a gap to open behind him, Field, Ferguson and Liam Killeen. James though was unable to hold onto them and finished the race fourth after a superb effort

During the early laps, there were four leaders, James, Field, Killeen and Ferguson

And then there were three as Killeen leads the trio over the hurdles

And then there was one as Ferguson gaps Field and holds onto a small gap all the way to the finish.

L-R: Ian Field ((Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s), Grant Ferguson and Liam Killeen

Tom Pidcock solos to expected win
A world champion in cyclo-cross and the time trial as a junior, the first year senior, Tom Pidcock had no equal in the Men’s Under 23 championship. After gapping the field along with Ben Turner, Pidcock pushed on, knowing anything could happen so he couldn’t hang about cruising to the title.

Ben Turner meanwhile chased all race and crossed the line second and Dan Tulett likewise, came in on his own for third place after a battle with local Thomas Mein for much of the race. Pidcock meanwhile showed just what a showman he is, just the sort of character the sport needs on the bike by stopping at the line and bowing to the crowd.

“It’s a championship so you’ve just got to try and get as much time as you can in case something goes wrong” he explained afterwards.

Start of the Under 23 mens race and Pidcock is second wheel, Turner a few lengths back with Tulett

Turner putting the pressure on and him and Pidcock have a gap after only half a lap

Pidcock puts the hammer down and gaps Turner

Pidcock’s hurdling was sublime … talk about flying ….

But Turner too showed he could hurdle the quite high boards

And Tulett stuck to traditional hurdling on foot with Thomas Mein chasing in the back ground

First, the traditional celebration from Pidcock….

… and then he takes a bow ;-) 

L-R: Ben Turner, Tom Pidcock and Dan Tulett

Evie Richards just too strong
The first race of the day was the Under 23 and Junior Women’s title race. In all there were only seven Under 23’s (finished) and another, Sophie Wright who did not finish after a heavy fall.

Of the seven who finished, Evie Richards was head and shoulders above the rest and her performance, expected after her world cup win, made a lot of people I spoke to wish she had been in the Women’s race with Wyman and Brammeier and added further spice to that event. Second in the race overall and the British Junior title winner was Harriet Harnden, such a talent who at 16, out paced the rest of the Under 23s. In third in the race and second Under 23 was Anna Kay who not so many years ago was being coached on the very same circuit with the promoting club Hetton Hawks. No surprise then when she crossed the line there was a lot of noise from the locals and excitement at the podium presentation.

Richards said afterwards “I knew I wanted to get away early on because it’s such a fast course and I haven’t been feeling great in the last few days – I felt a bit empty but I managed to hold the lead and that’s what I wanted to do.”

“I’m quite unconfident sometimes when it comes to the races. I was really shocked with that race in Namur, so every time I come to the race I’m really unsure of what I’m going to do. I just take each race as it comes and today was another good race so hopefully the confidence will build a bit before the World Championships.”

In the battle for the other medals in the Junior Women’s race, Alderney Baker (Team Empella) and Amy Perryman (Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) were racing hard to be second with Perryman eventually powering clear of her rival to take silver and the big smile on the podium showed just what it meant.

Evie Richards opened up a gap on the rest of the riders quickly and was never under pressure

Not bad for a 16 year old! Harriet Harnden hurdling the boards in second place in the U23 race… 


Behind her, local rider Anna Kay, Emily Wadsworth and Ffion James were fighting over the bronze medal

The victory though was never in doubt for Evie Richards

And Harriet Harnden was the Junior champion and second in the race

Hugs between rivals on the track and friends off it, Amy Perryman ( Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) and Empella’s Alderney Baker, second and third in the Junior championship.

L-R: Amy Perryman ( Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s), Harriet Harnden and Empella’s Alderney Baker,

Race top 3 L-R: Harriet Harnden (2nd), Evie Richards and Anna Kay Edco Continental (3rd)

Junior Men’s Championships
In the battle between two young riders who have both had great results in Europe this season, Scotland’s Sean Flynn added the British title to his name and saw off the challenge of Ben Tulett. Flynn’s victory adds to Scotland’s win in the National Trophy with Cameron Mason.

From the get go, the name of Flynn could be heard being spoken about powering ahead at the front of the race whilst Tulett was having to deal with a mechanical so whilst Flynn led on his own ahead, Tulett was chasing with a pack of riders all trying to get to the front.

For a long time, it was Flynn versus the chase group of six or more riders until Tulett went solo and behind him, Jenson Young too managed to break clear and these two finished second and third respectively behind a delighted Flynn who has the stripes to take to Scotland next season for the National Trophy.

Jenson Young leads the Junior men onto the grass for the first time with Sean Flynn just behind …

Half a lap later and Flynn was away – race over for the rest

Behind Flynn, Jenson Young and Ben Tulett lead the chase from a small group

Sean Flynn is one happy winner!

Podium: L-R: Ben Tulett, Sean Flynn and Jenson Young

Post Race Interviews

Post Race Chat: Nikki Brammeier & Beth Crumpton

Post Race Chat: Grant Ferguson (Mens Winner)

Post Race Chat: Harriet Harnden (Junior Womens Winner)

Post Race Chat: Tom Pidcock (Under 23 Mens Winner)

Post Race Chat: Evie Richards (Under 23 Women’s Winner)

Post Race Chat: Anna Kay (3rd, Under 23 Women and local girl)

Post Race Chat: Sean Flynn (Junior Mens Winner)

Post Race Chat: Ben Tulett (2nd Junior Men)

Post Race Chat: Ben Turner (2nd Under 23 men)

Post Race Chat: Liam Killeen (3rd, Elite Men)

Post Race Chat: Ian Field (2nd in Elite Men)

Elite Women
1 Helen Wyman Xypex – Verge Sport
2 Nikki Brammeier MUDIIITA Canyon
3 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing
4 Hannah Payton Team Kinesis UK
5 Kate Eedy Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com
6 Rebecca Preece Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
7 Joanne Clay TORQ Performance
8 Annabel Simpson Hope Factory Racing
9 Ruby Miller Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s
10 Emma Knight Evans Cycles Race Team
11 Christina Wiejak Barrow Central Wheelers
12 Clare Ross Brixton Cycles Club
13 Jennifer Forrester www.Zepnat.com RTLazer
14 Erica Moks Mountain Goat Coaching
15 Lydia Brookes
16 Fran Whyte Bicester Millennium CC
17 Jemma Ridley Derwentside CC
18 Kate Smith Derwentside CC

Elite Men
1 Grant Ferguson CST American Eagle
2 Ian Field Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
3 Liam Killeen Malvern Cycle Sport
4 Steven James Hope Factory Racing
5 Paul Oldham Hope Factory Racing
6 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
7 Lewis Craven Wheelbase Altura MGD
8 David Fletcher Sherwood Pines Cycles
9 Stephen James Renvale RT
10 Iain Paton Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers
11 Tony Fawcett Bergamont UK
12 Nicholas Craig SCOTT Racing
13 Michael Butler Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
14 Thomas Armstrong Individual Member
15 Sam Allen Pedalon.co.uk
16 George Thompson Sleaford Wheelers CC
17 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing
18 Jonathan Dennis Kibosh
19 Freddie Checketts Rapha Cycling Club
20 Lee Williams Individual Member
21 Robert Burns Islabikes
22 Nicholas Barnes Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
23 David Lines Wheelbase Altura MGD
24 Scott Chalmers Magspeed Racing
25 Thomas Payton Stourbridge CC
26 David Earth Steve Poole Plant Hire
27 Bruce Dalton Team Kinesis UK
28 Neil Phillips Kibosh
29 Ian Lee Royal Air Force CA
30 William Brown Brother NRG
31 Martin Woffindin Secret-Training.cc
32 Dave Powell Horwich CC
33 Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD
34 Mark Cotton VC Lincoln
35 Jonathan Fletcher Cestria Cycles RT
36 Samuel Holder Forever Pedalling
37 Paul Elcock GS Henley
38 Daniel Preece Army Cycling Union
39 Simon Gibbs Tyneside Vagabonds CC
40 Kieren Jarratt RAF CC
41 Keith Murray SCOTT Racing
42 Gareth Whittall Zepnat.com RT Lazer Helmets
43 Joshua Jones Individual Member
44 Robert Watson Paceline Cycles North
45 Benjamin Shucksmith Alford Wheelers
46 Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC
47 Christopher Burns Cestria Cycles RT
48 John Routledge Barnesbury CC
49 Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC
50 Bryan Laycock Alnwick Cycling Club
51 Ellis McCoy GS Metro
52 Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee
53 Paul Barrett Sunderland Clarion CC
54 Jon Moss Muckle Cycle Club
55 Liam Casey Tyneside Vagabonds CC

… continued after advert


Under 23 Women And Juniors Overall
1 Evie Richards Trek Factory Racing
2 Harriet Harnden T-Mo Racing
3 Anna Kay EDCO Continental
4 Emily Wadsworth 100% ME
5 Sophie Thackray PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
6 Ffion James Abergavenny Road Club
7 Amira Mellor PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
8 Amy Perryman Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s
9 Alderney Baker Team Empella Cyclo-Cross
10 Xan Crees Team Empella Cyclo-Cross
11 Katie Scott Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s
12 Marie Lynn EDCO Continental
13 Emily Ashwood WXC World Racing
14 Ishbel Strathdee Edinburgh RC
15 Fiona Turnbull Speedflex Race Team
16 Lily Greenhalgh East Bradford CC
17 Poppy Cooke PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
18 Lauren Higham LIV AWOL
19 Cecilia Hime St Ives CC
20 Connie Hayes LIV AWOL
21 Ruby Boyes Huddersfield Star Whlrs
22 Elizabeth Marvelly LIV AWOL
23 Kara Perryman Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s

Under 23 Men
1 Thomas Pidcock Telenet Fidea Lions
2 Ben Turner Corendon-Circus
3 Daniel Tulett Specialized Racing
4 Thomas Mein Hope Factory Racing
5 Cameron Orr 100% ME
6 Stephen Lee Derwentside CC
7 Mark McGuire Wheelbase Cabtech Junior
8 Calum Fernie Nottingham Clarion CC
9 Joe Williams PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
10 Billy Harding PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
11 Harry Yates Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
12 George Fox Paul MilnesBradford Olympic
13 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers
14 Max Gibbons Ludlow Brewery RT
15 Finlay Robertson Derwentside CC
16 Tom Martin Wheelbase Altura MGD
17 Christopher Rothwell BW Cycles
18 James Madgwick Bloodwise QSW
19 Frazer Clacherty OMX Pro Team
20 James Edmond Mountain Goat Coaching
21 Kieren Brown Argi+ 8The Winter Green
22 Daniel Charlton Hetton Hawks CC
23 Kieran Jarvis Cycle Team OnForm
24 Roddy Weir Muckle Cycle Club
25 Nicholas Hamilton Mountain Goat Coaching
26 Ross Harnden Malvern Cycle Sport
27 Simeon Young Pedalsport Cycling Club
28 Joseph Ricciardi Team Manx Telecom
29 Benjamin Horrobin Horwich CC
30 Ryan Middlemiss East Bradford CC
31 Calum Kennedy North Sports/Kinesis UK
32 Brandon Stock Northern Ride
33 Christian Webster-Reed Cestria Cycles RT

… continued after advert


Junior Women
1 Harriet Harnden T-Mo Racing FJ 6
2 Amy Perryman Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s FJ 6
3 Alderney Baker Team Empella Cyclo-Cross FJ 6
4 Xan Crees Team Empella Cyclo-Cross FJ 6
5 Katie Scott Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s FJ 6
6 Marie Lynn EDCO Continental FJ 6
7 Emily Ashwood WXC World Racing FJ 6
8 Ishbel Strathdee Edinburgh RC FJ 6
9 Fiona Turnbull Speedflex Race Team FJ 6
10 Lily Greenhalgh East Bradford CC FJ 6
11 Poppy Cooke PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield FJ 6
12 Lauren Higham LIV AWOL FJ 4
13 Cecilia Hime St Ives CC FJ 4
14 Connie Hayes LIV AWOL FJ 4
15 Ruby Boyes Huddersfield Star Whlrs FJ 4
16 Elizabeth Marvelly LIV AWOL FJ 4

Junior Men
1 Sean Flynn Edinburgh RC
2 Ben Tulett Beeline Bicycles RT
3 Jenson Young PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
4 Callum Macleod Pedalon.co.uk
5 Cameron Mason Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers
6 Toby Barnes Lichfield City CC
7 Euan Cameron PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
8 Matthew Ellis Steve Poole Plant HireRaleigh
9 Barney Clacy Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
10 Harry Birchill Southfork Racing.co.uk
11 Oliver Howson PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
12 Charlie Aldridge Stirling Bike Club
13 Will Cooper Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
14 Tom Dussek Nottingham Clarion CC
15 Edward Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
16 Joe Coukham Shibden Cycling Club
17 Harrison Knight Solihull CC
18 George Bazley Bristol Cycling
19 Jacob Knight Solihull CC
20 Matthew Taylor Shibden Cycling Club
21 Oliver Draffan Derwentside CC
22 Timothy Elsmore-Martin Fossa Racing
23 Freddie Grover Fast Test Racing Team
24 Joe Howcroft PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
25 Tom Whitworth Huddersfield Star Wheelers
26 James Swadling Nottingham Clarion CC
27 William Thackray Paul MilnesBradford Olympic
28 Callum Wilson Huddersfield Star Wheelers
29 Sebastian Bacon Wolverhampton Wheelers
30 Ben Bishop Charlotteville CC
31 Matthew Lister Paul MilnesBradford Olympic
32 Finn Mansfield The MI Racing Academy
33 James Mitchell Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
34 Jonny Gill PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
35 Jay Allen Pedalon.co.uk
36 Joseph Allan Derwentside CC
37 Harry Dridge Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma
38 Sam Smith Cheltenham & County CC
39 Cory Edmondson Nutcracker Altura Racing
40 Jake Jackson Ellmore Factory Racing
41 Harry Walshaw Shibden Cycling Club
42 Paul Errington Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
43 Jack Parrish Ipswich Bicycle Club
44 Fred Gill Chelmer CC
45 Alexander Harper Solihull CC
46 Samuel Wood Geared Up & CN Cycles RT
47 Michael Strange Ilkley Cycling Club
48 Harry McGarvie North Sports/Kinesis UK
49 Matthew Toman Rossendale RC



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