Elena Day (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) took her first National Trophy victory as British Cycling’s premier cyclocross series got underway with a bang in South Shields.
Former British champion Thomas Mein (Hope Factory Racing) took his second win at Gypsies Green in as many years, as he used his strength and stamina to prevail by almost 20 seconds over Toby Barnes (Ribble-Verge Sport).
Featured image: Olivia Coukham
Women’s elite race
It was last year’s Series champion Alderney Baker (Team Empella) who made the quickest of starts around a damp Tyneside course, with Ruby James (Hope Factory Racing) going along with her as the pack quickly strung out over a fast but hilly course centred around the old velodrome.
A lap later, James put the hammer down as she was joined by under-23 Elena Day (Spectra Cannondale p/b DAS) and the duo broke clear from Baker to lead the 32-rider field. Expertly negotiating the sand traps, Day surged ahead of James before the halfway mark.
Faster lap after lap compared to everyone trying to chase her, Day took the win by more than 30 seconds. Baker overhauled James to finish second, with James rounding out the podium.
With her win, Day also topper the under-23 category, with Keira Bond (Unattached) and Hope Inglis (Brother UK-Orientation Marketing) taking the remaining under-23 podium places.
Men’s elite race
Oliver Akers (Ribble-Verge Sport) started the first men’s National Trophy race with a point to prove as he stepped up to the senior category after his triumph in last year’sjJunior series.
He fought through the sand a wheel ahead of fellow North Easterner Thomas Mein as both looked to make a winning start to the 2023-24 season and was keeping pace with his more experienced rival as the race climbed away from the beach and up to the technical sections in the second-half of the course.
Despite a valiant effort from Akers, however, Mein’s stamina proved too much to handle and as the pair went through the switchbacks the Hope Factory Racing rider pulled clear and continued at a rapid pace – tackling the sandy climb without hesitation.
As Mein powered clear, Toby Barnes (Ribble-Verge Sport) did the best he could to marshal a response – his last two laps a handful of seconds faster than than anyone else out on course – but it was too little, too late. Mein, who finished third in last year’s National Trophy, took the win by 19 seconds over Barnes.
Dan Barnes (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) took third, winning the under-23s category in the process, while Tom Couzens (Montezuma’s Race Team) was fourth.
Callum Laborde (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) and Simon Wyllie (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) rounded out the under-23 podium.
The next round of the National Trophy Series is on 14 October in Thornton in Craven.
|#||Name||Team||Category||Time||Place overall||Place in Category|
|1||Elena Day||Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS||FU23||48:32.3||1||1|
|2||Alderney Baker||Team Empella||FS||49:09.4||2||1|
|3||Ruby James||Hope Factory Racing||FS||49:19.1||3||2|
|5||Hope Inglis||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||FU23||49:39.7||5||3|
|6||Ceris Styler||Backstedt Bike Performance JRT||FV40||49:49.0||6||1|
|8||Amy Perryman||TEKKERZ CC||FS||51:28.8||9||5|
|9||Kacey Eyeington||Derwentside CC||FU23||51:51.3||10||4|
|10||Victoria Peel||Hope Factory Racing||FS||51:54.2||11||6|
|11||Phoebe Roche||Saint Piran WRT||FU23||52:13.3||12||5|
|12||Roisin Lally||Loughborough Lightning||FU23||52:23.3||13||6|
|13||Christina Wiejak||Saint Piran WRT||FS||52:38.1||14||7|
|14||Lotta Mansfield||Montezuma’s Race Team||FU23||52:52.2||15||7|
|15||Madeline Cooper||Montezuma’s Race Team||FU23||53:07.9||16||8|
|16||Amy Drysdale||Army Cycling Union||FS||53:32.0||17||8|
|17||Heather Robinson||Hetton Hawks Cycling Club||FU23||54:03.2||18||9|
|19||Beatrix Kiehlmann||Royal Albert CC||FU23||54:40.6||20||10|
|20||Katie Hadnum||Reifen Racing||FU23||55:24.7||21||11|
|21||Emma Jane Hornsby||LDN-Academy||FS||55:46.0||22||10|
|27||Florence Lissaman||Newark Castle CC||FU23||DNF||100||100|
|#||Name||Team||Category||Time||Place overall||Place in Category|
|1||Thomas Mein||Hope Factory Racing||OS||00:56:52||1||1|
|2||Toby Barnes||Ribble – Verge Sport||OS||00:57:11||2||2|
|3||Daniel Barnes||Team Spectra Cannondale||OU23||00:57:37||3||1|
|4||Tom Couzens||Montezuma’s Race Team||OS||00:57:51||4||3|
|4||Callum Laborde||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||OU23||00:57:58||5||2|
|5||Joseph Beckingsale||Montezuma’s Race Team||OS||00:58:01||6||4|
|6||Simon Wyllie||Team Spectra Cannondale||OU23||00:58:23||7||3|
|7||Joe Coukham||Ribble – Verge Sport||OS||00:58:24||8||5|
|8||Oliver Akers||Ribble-Verge Sport||OU23||00:58:58||9||4|
|9||Giles Drake||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||OS||00:59:00||10||6|
|10||Ben Chilton||Ribble Collective||OU23||00:59:43||11||5|
|12||Paul Oldham||Hope Tech Factory Racing||OV40||00:59:59||13||1|
|14||Lewis Martin||Studio Velo||OS||01:00:15||15||8|
|15||Jamie Gostick||Team PB Performance||OU23||01:00:42||16||7|
|17||Nicholas Craig||SCOTT Racing||OV50||01:00:58||18||1|
|18||Benjamin Bright||Wales Racing Academy||OU23||01:01:02||19||8|
|19||Joe Brookes||Halesowen A & CC||OU23||01:01:02||20||9|
|21||Thomas Crapper||Magspeed Racing||OU23||01:01:43||22||11|
|22||Joshua Jones||ALL IN Racing||OS||01:02:24||23||10|
|23||Steven James||Hope Factory Racing||OS||01:02:36||24||11|
|24||George Thompson||Rose Race Team||OS||01:02:36||25||12|
|25||Sullivan Berry||ROTOR Race Team||OU23||01:02:54||26||12|
|26||Grant Scott||Ronde Cycling Club||OS||01:03:05||27||13|
|27||Scott Chalmers||Magspeed Racing||OS||01:03:13||28||14|
|28||Reuben Oakley||ROTOR Race Team||OU23||01:03:25||29||13|
|29||Neil Scott||Deeside Thistle CC||OS||01:03:52||30||15|
|30||David Earth||Rose Race Team||OV40||01:04:03||31||2|
|31||Otto Chilton||Derby CC Webuycycle RT||OU23||00:56:21||32||14|
|32||Jack Jee||LVC Racing||OU23||00:56:22||33||15|
|33||Robin Godden||Hope Factory Racing||OS||00:56:59||34||16|
|34||Dan Clark||Magspeed Racing||OS||00:57:00||35||17|
|35||Raphael Tabiner||Tofauti Everyone Active||OU23||00:57:05||36||16|
|36||James Elves||Reifen Racing||OU23||00:57:17||37||17|
|37||Ian Lee||Royal Air Force CA||OS||00:48:09||38||18|
|38||Cameron Hall||Aylsham Road Club||OS||00:48:12||39||19|
|40||Jack Parnaby||Shibden Cycling Club||OU23||00:48:18||41||18|
|42||Sam Chatwin||Army Cycling Union||OV40||00:40:18||43||3|
|43||Leo Law||Lakes RC||OU23||00:40:19||44||20|
|44||William Lezard||Magspeed Racing||OS||00:40:24||45||21|
|45||Ethan Grimshaw||Cookson Cycles||OU23||00:40:25||46||21|
|46||Stephen Lee||Derwentside CC||OS||00:40:27||47||22|
|48||Sebastian Bacon||Wolverhampton Wheelers||OS||00:40:28||49||23|