- Crosstober Rocked! 4 days 5 hours ago
Cyclo cross racing in the UK is in an interesting place just now and with the excitement of a raft of talented youngsters taking on the world meant Crosstober was always going to be a fascinating display of racing across the board. What a weekend it turned out to be!
It was amazing from start to finish, with riders converging on the cycling hub of Wales from all around the world and Crosstober Wales and the people of Abergavenny did not disappoint in delivering a warm welcome and a course fit to challenge the best!
On Saturday, R8 of the popular Welsh League kicked off proceedings.
First up were the next generation of riders who got stuck into their mini version of the cx course. Hundreds of eager youngsters some as young as 4, peddled their hearts out, in a series of races that encompassed the under 12’s/10’s/8’s, sponsored by Islabikes. Fun was had by all. There was also fantastic team prizes up for grabs courtesy of SA Partners. The team prizes were awarded on a lowest points scoring basis and included both boys and girls in the same age category. And the winners were:
U8 U10 U12
1 Gower Riders £40 Maindy Flyers £40 Mid Shropshire Wheelers £40
2 Ystwyth CC £25 Gower Riders £25 Cardiff JIF £25
3 Abergavenny RC £15 Whitchurch CC £15 Towy Riders £15
Next up the Novice women set the course alight with Anna Stickland (Brecon Wheelers) taking the win.
A massive field of over a 140 riders lined up next in the heavily contested Veteran men and Women’s race, with Ed Moseley (Malvern Cycle Sport) dominating the MV40 field. Tim Davies (CC Abergavenny/JP Signs) battled hard in the race taking first MV50 and a creditable 7th behind the ‘youngsters’! Local woman, Ffion James (Abergavenny Road Club) was the popular winner of the senior ladies race, while Clare Hoskins (Cardiff JIF) took the hours in the women’s vet race.
Less than a second separated the top 3 in the senior men’s race with Jeremy Durrin (NeonVelo) out sprinting veteran cycle cross competitor Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) and Matthew Fratesi (Swansea University) for the win. Junior rider Barney Clacy (Hargroves/Ridley/Montezuma) rode a strong race to finish 5th overall while taking first in his category.
Last races of the day were the also the first of the weekend’s National Trophy races, the youth categories.
Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers CC) took the U14 win, with a good 7 sec lead while Alec Gregory (Pedal Power Loughborough) narrowly pipped Oliver Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers CC) for the U16’s win. It was Zoe Backstedt (Maindy Flyers Youth CC) who took a commanding win in the U14’s girls, while Millie Couzens (PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield) took a comfortable win in the U16’s.
You can check all the results here
In-between the racing the event village buzzed with activity, with spectators and competitors alike browsing the wares on offer as well as take advantage of the amazing food on offer from our caterers whilst VIP visitors were treated to coffee and cake by Three Degrees North Coffee co. run by former World champion and Olympian Becky James and served by her partner Rugby international George North.
Come Sunday and anticipation was high, as riders and spectators alike were eager to see the racing unfold. For those that couldn’t be there, Welsh TV channel S4C Chwaraeon sports programme were on course with numerous cameras televising the action live. A much appreciated move for all cycle cross fans!
Conditions were running fast, blue skies and a gentle breeze set the day’s agenda. The day’s races were full of riders that you would expect to see fighting for titles on the worlds stage.
The organisers raised the bar even more with their inclusive decision to offer parity in prize money across the board, something Abergavenny RC the organising club have been doing for many years and also introduce a separate race for Veteran women. A first in any National Trophy and hopefully sets a bench mark for other organisers.
First race of the day was the hotly contested Vet men’s race with Nick Craig (SCOTT Ra ing) the firm favourite. He didn’t disappoint, taking the win in the V40 despite being pressed all the way to the line by Ian Taylor (C and N Cycles RT), Neil Ellison (WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip) and Darren Atkins (Ride Coventry).
Obviously not suffering from any tiredness from his previous day’s win was Tim Davies (CC AbergavennyJP SignsPrint) in the V50 category taking his second win of the weekend.
The first ever stand alone Vet women’s race was won comfortably by Kate Eedy (Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.com) with runner up Maddi Smith (Bolsover & District CC) consoling her second spot overall with a win for the V45 category. First lady in the V50 class was Marie Jackson (Paul Milnes Bradford Olympic) taking 6th spot overall while Nicola Davies (Beacon Wheelers) secured victory in the V55 category.
In the junior men it was Sean Flynn (Edinburgh RC) who took the honours.
In a highly charged and emotional tribute to Charlie Craig, who was lost to the CX community earlier in the year, his Dad, Nick Craig and ex World Champion & Olympian Becky James presented the “Spirit of Charlie Trophy” to Junior William Thackray (Paul Milnes Bradford Olympic) for his unyielding and unwavering determination throughout the race. Many thanks to our sponsor NAS for all their hardwork and creativity in producing all the trophies for the weekend, including the special “Spirit of Charlie Trophy”.
With R1 of the National Trophy Series already comfortably tucked under her belt, Beth Crumpton came into the elite women’s race brimming with confidence. Not even the presence of Olympian Eva Lechner (Clif Pro Team), put Crumpton off her race. She rode maturely, controlling the race as she wanted it, eventually taking a comfortable win over Lechner, to secure a firm hold on the overall series lead. Anna Kay (EDCO Continental) completed the podium line up in 3rd taking the U23 win on the way. Junior Harriet Harnden (T-Mo Racing) fresh from a mob camp in Scotland, rode a strong race to take the junior win, finishing in a strong 7th spot overall.
Finally all eyes were on the young precocious talent of Tom Pidcock (Telenet Fidea Lions) who was certain to put the cat among the pigeons. In only one of two races Pidcock intends to race in the UK, he displayed all markings of the champion he is. Bunny hopping the hurdles, one of many advantages he built into the race for himself leaving the rest of the field in his wake, finally romping to the finish line with nearly 40 secs to spare to take the win overall and the U23 win too. Current National UK Senior Champion Ian Field (Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) consoled himself with a well earned 2nd with Piddock’s team mate Jim Aernouts (Telenet Fidea Lions) taking 3rd.
You can see full results here
Once again thanks to the incredible team at Abergavenny RC for all their hard work. Our media partner 5311 Media were on hand to capture the essence of both days, you can see full set of images here Day 1 & Day 2, and finally we have to thank our incredible event sponsors, without whom none of this would have been possible.
- KitBrix - Keep it Together 1 week 5 days ago
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- Under 12 Team Prizes at Crosstober Wales. 1 week 6 days ago
In addition to the fantastic support of Islabikes who are sponsoring all the Under 12 races in Abergavenny by providing the prizes, one of the event sponsors S A Partners have offered money to be used as ‘team prizes’ for these races.
So in each category i.e. Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 the team prizes will be awarded after the event and sent to the respective club treasurer and should be used exclusively to support youth cycle sport.
The team prizes will be awarded on a lowest points scoring basis and to be eligible club’s must have both boys and girls competing in the same age category.
E.g. Club 1 - 1st Boy = 1 point Club 1 - 6th Girl = 6 points Total = 7 points
Club 2 - 2nd Boy = 2 points Club 2 - 4th Girl = 4 points Total = 6 points
Club 3 - 3rd Boy = 3 points Club 3 - 1st Girl = 1 point Total = 4 points
Club 4 - 4th Boy = 4 points Club 4 - 2nd Girl = 2 points Total = 6 points
The prizes will be £40 for the first team, £25, for the second team and £15 for the third team. So in the case above, Club 3 is the winner and as there is a tie for second place both these teams will receive £20 each.
It would be brilliant to see lots of club support these events, and even better to see as many girls compete as boys.
- Parity on prize money! 2 weeks ago
Hot on the heels of the Crosstober organising folk at Abergavenny Road Club creating a separate race for vet women, comes this excellent piece of news, that following on from what they have provided for years in other races they promote, that they are keen to provide parity on prize money awarded across the board!!
"Abergavenny Road Club are very proud to be hosting the first separate Veteran Women’s race as part of the National Trophy Series as it further confirms the club’s commitment to equality in the sport of cycling.
Last year the club were very proud to sponsor the National Championship Trophies for both the Junior Women and the Under 23 Women. For at least the last ten years we have been paying equal prize money for men and women for all podium places at events, both road and cyclocross. We have a women’s only coaching session every Saturday morning, for which the club was shortlisted by the Women’s Sports Trust for their annual awards.
So looking at the British Cycling rider notes we noticed a few anomalies in prizes, especially between the veteran categories. So the club has taken the decision to make amends for this and fund the difference ourselves.
To confirm for the Junior Women we will be presenting trophies for the top 3 as we will for the Junior Men. As the Junior Women don’t have a separate prize fund we will make sure the top 3 Junior Women get at least the same as the top 3 Junior Men. So we will pay the difference between what they receive from BC and the equivalent Junior Men’s prize money if there is a shortfall.
For the Veteran Women the top 3 get £60, £40 and £30 respectively whereas the Veteran Men get £100, £80 and £60, so we will pay the extra £40, £40 and £30 to ensure the top 3 riders get in each race get exactly the same.
We will also be awarding trophies to the Veteran 50+ Women as we will the Veteran 50+ men and we will pay the top 3 in that category exactly the same as the men, that is £60 for 1st, £40 for 2nd and £30 for 3rd.
In the Youth Girls we will make sure the top 3 get the same as the top 3 Youth Boys, i.e. £40, £30 and £20 respectively.
It is easy to sit back and wait for governing bodies to change regulations, but sometimes to speed things up it needs someone to push the boundaries. We don’t expect others to follow our lead, but as we have taken the first steps it would be great if others would follow."
David James, Event Director Crosstober Wales on behalf of Abergavenny Road Club.
- Preston Skirrow - Sporthome 2 weeks 5 days ago
Preston Skirrow will be in the event village showcasing their superb 'Sporthome'. Based on a Mercedes Sprinter, the 'Sporthome' has been created to give a touch of luxury to cycling competitors and enthusiasts who want comfortable accommodation at their race or adventure location. If you'd like to make an appointment to check out all the features of this fantastic vehicle, please email Preston Skirrow at email@example.com or give them a call on 07768 834 676 and ask for Dave Skirrow.
- Italian star Eva Lechner lines up for Crosstober!! 3 weeks 1 day ago
We’re delighted with entires coming in thick and fast from the USA, Belgium and Ireland, plus from all over the UK we can now add an exciting entry from Italy - Eva Lechner!
She’s a rider that needs no introduction to a start line. During her extensive career, the 32 year old Italian has competed at 3 Olympics; taken victories in 5 World Cups and boasts no fewer than 22 National titles across XC, MTB Marathon, Cyclo-cross and road disciplines. Lechner, who moved from Servietto Footon to join Cliff Pro Team for the 2017 season repaid her new team on the mountain bike this year, by taking an early season podium at Fontana City, California in April and dominating proceedings at Courmayer festival in June to take her first major win of the year.
Rounding her MTB season off at the World Championships in Cairns with a respectable 6th in the team relay and 17th in the Elite race, Lechner moves her attention to the Cyclo-cross season. No stranger to major events, the 8 times Italian CX National Champion took 6th at the World Championships earlier in the year and has had a steady opening to the 2017 - 18 season with a couple of top 20s in the opening round of the UCI World Cup and Jingle Cross in America last month.
We’re pretty sure she’ll be keen to stir up the ante at Crosstober, making the women’s seniors race a hot ticket to not only watch but to complete in! Remember there’s just 2 days to get your entry in for Crosstober the UK’s only Cat1 CX race, which also incorporates round two of the highly contested National Trophy Series and will be televised live!
- Amira Mellor 1 month ago
More great news on the rider front as we welcome to the start line Amira Mellor.
After spending a year racing and training abroad,the talented CX rider is keen to get stuck into a British cross season, complete with mud! 19 year old Yorkshire lass, hailing from Holmfirth and riding for PHMAS/Oldfield Paul Milnes ERT is excited at the prospect of lining up for Crosstober where she aims to put her international experience to good use, before heading back to Belgium to compete with the best in more international races. This certainly is a woman to watch as she carves out a name for herself in the challenging world of cycle cross!!
- Belgian, Arenouts brings some international spice! 1 month ago
Bringing a touch of Belgian spice to the elite race is Jim Arenouts. The 28 year old who hails from Kalmthout has re-signed for Telenet Fidea for the 2018 season, the team he originally signed for 2 years ago after a 5 season stint for Sunweb Napoleon Games CT. Aernouts took his first major win in 2006-7 taking the Belgian Junior National Cyclo-cross Championships and then in 2009-10 the Belgian U23 title. Although never taking another major title Aernouts has been a consistent name in on the result page, in 2017 finishing 17th overall at the Tour of Wallonie. He'll be supporting new team mate Tom Pidcock. It'll be interesting to see if experience rules over young talented enthusiasm. It'll be a great race whatever. Make sure you get your entries in now to be able to get in the mix. Closing date is the 17th Oct. Otherwise we'll see you on the sidelines complete with cowbells!! Head to the website for lots more info including how to enter!
- Great wheel deal from Edco! 1 month ago
More great news from our sponsors. Edco are offering this fantastic deal. They'll be onsite all weekend taking orders. An awesome deal too good to miss!!
- Primal Europe Sponsor Crosstober Wales 1 month 1 week ago
We're delighted to welcome Primal Europe aboard as a silver package sponsor, they'll be showcasing their new autumn/winter clothing range at the festival! Here's what they had to say:
Primal is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious cyclocross event. The event has been awarded C1 status, the highest level of international race apart from World Cups and the World Championships. This is a real coup for the town of Abergavenny and Wales as competitors and spectators will be travelling from all over Europe and hopefully from further afield to compete.
The live televised event has already announced that Junior World Champion Tom Pidcock will be competing along with other major cyclocross stars from around the globe.
James Smith Director of Primal Europe Ltd. “Primal has cyclocross in its blood and is incredibly excited to be attending the event as a Silver Sponsor. I personally have a dabble in cyclocross so will be watching the professionals to ensure I get some lessons!”
David James, Event Director of Crosstober Wales. “We are delighted to welcome Primal Europe on board to the event as one of its key sponsors. It is very reassuring for all the organising committee that such a prestigious brand was keen to support the event and we are delighted Primal Europe will be present over the weekend showing their custom and autumn/winter range”