Cyclocross Reports

Cyclocross National Trophy Rd 1, South Shields: report and results

Elena Day and Thomas Mein were the victors at Round 1 of the Cyclocross National Trophy, 7 October 2023

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.

Alderney Baker and Ruby James. Image: Olivia Coukham

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.

Elena Day. Image: Olivia Coukham

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.

Thomas Mein. Image: Olivia Coukham

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.

Toby Barnes. Image: Oliva Coukham

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. 


Women’s race

#NameTeamCategoryTimePlace overallPlace in Category
1Elena DayTeam Spectra Cannondale P/B DASFU2348:32.311
2Alderney BakerTeam EmpellaFS49:09.421
3Ruby JamesHope Factory RacingFS49:19.132
4Keira BondUnattachedFU2349:39.342
5Hope InglisBrother UK-Orientation MarketingFU2349:39.753
6Ceris StylerBackstedt Bike Performance JRTFV4049:49.061
Ffion GilbertUnattachedFS50:47.473
7Ishbel StrathdeeUnattachedFS51:11.784
8Amy PerrymanTEKKERZ CCFS51:28.895
9Kacey EyeingtonDerwentside CCFU2351:51.3104
10Victoria PeelHope Factory RacingFS51:54.2116
11Phoebe RocheSaint Piran WRTFU2352:13.3125
12Roisin LallyLoughborough LightningFU2352:23.3136
13Christina WiejakSaint Piran WRTFS52:38.1147
14Lotta MansfieldMontezuma’s Race TeamFU2352:52.2157
15Madeline CooperMontezuma’s Race TeamFU2353:07.9168
16Amy DrysdaleArmy Cycling UnionFS53:32.0178
17Heather RobinsonHetton Hawks Cycling ClubFU2354:03.2189
18Cassandra MackintoshUnattachedFS54:40.5199
19Beatrix KiehlmannRoyal Albert CCFU2354:40.62010
20Katie HadnumReifen RacingFU2355:24.72111
21Emma Jane HornsbyLDN-AcademyFS55:46.02210
22Elizabeth McKinnonUnattachedFU2355:58.32312
23Olivia FawcettUnattachedFS47:39.62411
24Amy MourneUnattachedFU2349:04.72513
25Shona HornsbyUnattachedFU2338:21.12614
26Lucy DalgleishUnattachedFU2339:14.62715
27Florence LissamanNewark Castle CCFU23DNF100100
28Freya WhitesideUnattachedFU23DNF101101

Men’s race

#NameTeamCategoryTimePlace overallPlace in Category
1Thomas MeinHope Factory RacingOS00:56:5211
2Toby BarnesRibble – Verge SportOS00:57:1122
3Daniel BarnesTeam Spectra CannondaleOU2300:57:3731
4Tom CouzensMontezuma’s Race TeamOS00:57:5143
4Callum LabordeWheelbase CabTech CastelliOU2300:57:5852
5Joseph BeckingsaleMontezuma’s Race TeamOS00:58:0164
6Simon WyllieTeam Spectra CannondaleOU2300:58:2373
7Joe CoukhamRibble – Verge SportOS00:58:2485
8Oliver AkersRibble-Verge SportOU2300:58:5894
9Giles DrakeWheelbase CabTech CastelliOS00:59:00106
10Ben ChiltonRibble CollectiveOU2300:59:43115
11Joseph SmithUnattachedOU2300:59:52126
12Paul OldhamHope Tech Factory RacingOV4000:59:59131
13Matthew EllisROKiT-SRCTOS01:00:11147
14Lewis MartinStudio VeloOS01:00:15158
15Jamie GostickTeam PB PerformanceOU2301:00:42167
16Kishan BakraniaUnattachedOS01:00:46179
17Nicholas CraigSCOTT RacingOV5001:00:58181
18Benjamin BrightWales Racing AcademyOU2301:01:02198
19Joe BrookesHalesowen A & CCOU2301:01:02209
20Oliver HallidayUnattachedOU2301:01:072110
21Thomas CrapperMagspeed RacingOU2301:01:432211
22Joshua JonesALL IN RacingOS01:02:242310
23Steven JamesHope Factory RacingOS01:02:362411
24George ThompsonRose Race TeamOS01:02:362512
25Sullivan BerryROTOR Race TeamOU2301:02:542612
26Grant ScottRonde Cycling ClubOS01:03:052713
27Scott ChalmersMagspeed RacingOS01:03:132814
28Reuben OakleyROTOR Race TeamOU2301:03:252913
29Neil ScottDeeside Thistle CCOS01:03:523015
30David EarthRose Race TeamOV4001:04:03312
31Otto ChiltonDerby CC Webuycycle RTOU2300:56:213214
32Jack JeeLVC RacingOU2300:56:223315
33Robin GoddenHope Factory RacingOS00:56:593416
34Dan ClarkMagspeed RacingOS00:57:003517
35Raphael TabinerTofauti Everyone ActiveOU2300:57:053616
36James ElvesReifen RacingOU2300:57:173717
37Ian LeeRoyal Air Force CAOS00:48:093818
38Cameron HallAylsham Road ClubOS00:48:123919
39James EdmondUnattachedOS00:48:164020
40Jack ParnabyShibden Cycling ClubOU2300:48:184118
41Oscar PrattUnattachedOU2300:48:284219
42Sam ChatwinArmy Cycling UnionOV4000:40:18433
43Leo LawLakes RCOU2300:40:194420
44William LezardMagspeed RacingOS00:40:244521
45Ethan GrimshawCookson CyclesOU2300:40:254621
46Stephen LeeDerwentside CCOS00:40:274722
47Travis HarknessUnattachedOU2300:40:284822
48Sebastian BaconWolverhampton WheelersOS00:40:284923