Cyclocross National Trophy Rd 2, Thornton Hall Country Park: report and results

Anna Kay and Jente Michels were the elite race victors at Round 2 of the Cyclocross National Trophy, 14 October 2023, as Jamie Stewart and Cat Ferguson secured the junior wins

Anna Kay (Cyclocross Reds) and her partner Jennie Michels (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won the elite races at Round 2 of the National Trophy on Saturday, as Jamie Thompson (Shibden Cycling Club) and Cat Ferguson (Hope Factory Racing) took junior race honours.

Featured image: Joe Hudson


Men’s junior race

The men’s junior race kicked off proceedings at Thornton Hall Country Park, Lewis Tinsley (BCC Race Team) primed to defend his series lead after his round one victory last weekend.

However, the race was defined by a battle between Jamie Stewart (Shibden Cycling Club) and national champion Seb Grindley (TRINITY Racing). On lap one, Stewart has established a small gap over Grindley as they tackled a challenging 45 degree bank.

As the race progressed, Grindley found himself in a chase group of four riders, trailing 30 seconds behind the leader, his distinctive attire of red, white, and blue symbolising his reigning national champion status.

Jaimie Stewart powers to victory. Image: Joe Hudson

However, the day belonged to Jamie Stewart, whose impeccable performance saw him cruising to victory, establishing a significant margin ahead of Grindley. Joel Hurt (Beeston Cycling Club) completed the podium with last weekend’s winner Tinsley in seventh.

Women’s junior race

Early on, a compelling duel was set up between Cat Ferguson of Hope Tech Factory Racing and the winner of round one, Imogen Wolff from TRINITY Racing. The Great Britain riders broke clear from the pack, showcasing their prowess and power from the start. Their determination was evident as they vied for the top spot, each pushing the other to the limit.

A bit further behind, Alice Colling of Shibden Cycling Club emerged as a potential podium contender, alone in third position despite the gap from the duo.

Imogen Wolff and Cat Ferguson do battle. Image: Joe Hudson

Throughout the race, Ferguson and Wolff showcased an impeccable display of skill and endurance, as they led the race with almost a minute gap from the others. Their determination made it a neck-and-neck competition.

However, on the uphill hairpins towards the latter part of the race, Ferguson managed to seize an opportunity to break away from Wolff. With a burst of energy, she navigated through the challenging terrain, creating a decisive lead that Wolff couldn’t overcome.

In a show of sheer power and determination, Ferguson crossed the finish line victoriously. Wolff followed closely, clinching second spot. Colling was best of the rest.

Women’s elite race

Anna Kay (Cyclocross Reds) took a commanding lead from the very first lap of the hilly Thornton course and didn’t look in any trouble of securing a convincing victory in her first National Trophy race of the 2023-24 season. 

Initially, the pack trying to chase down the North East racer was led by Ruby James (Hope Factory Racing). However, as the scattered patches of heavily churned mud began to thicken, it was South Shields winner Elena Day (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) – resplendent in the Series leader’s yellow jersey – who slogged her way through the mud traps the quickest to try and reel Kay back in.

Despite Day’s burst of pace, she was so evenly matched with Kay that the gap between them never really decreased. Day might trim a few seconds off Kay’s lead, but the latter would respond with a quicker lap immediately afterward.

Anna Kay takes a win. Image: Joe Hudson

Kay crossed the line with just under 30 seconds in hand, with Day second, winning the under-23 category in the process. Team Empella’s Alderney Baker rounded out the overall podium with Hope Inglis (Brother UK-Orientation Marketing) pipping James in a battle to the finish to take fourth.

Men’s elite race

On a stormy afternoon, the race course at Thornton Hall witnessed a blend of harsh weather and fierce competition as the men’s elite race unfolded. A heavy rain shower right before the men’s race turned the course into a mud pit, challenging the riders right from the get-go.

As the racers lined up, all eyes were on Thomas Mein (Hope Factory Racing), the victor of the previous week’s round 1. As the race flagged off, it was evident that the elite men came prepared to conquer the muddy trails, flying from the start line like rockets.

From the start, it was Under-23 Series leader Dan Barnes (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) who scrambled through the mud fastest, under hot pursuit from Jente Michels (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Mein.

The trio broke clear of the squabbling pack behind, but as Michels and Mein turned up the pace, Barnes started to drop back as the course – which had been soaked by a rain shower pre-race – was pelted by a sudden hailstorm 

By the third lap, Michels made a bold move and broke clear during the second visit to the pits. Mein, showcasing remarkable agility, was quick to ascend the hill, ensuring Michels didn’t widen the gap significantly.

The fourth lap saw Michels having a minor slip on the increasingly slippery hairpins, a testament to the gruelling conditions the athletes were contending with.

Michels wins. Image: Joe Hudson

By the bell, however, Michels had a 30-second margin. Despite the muddy and wet conditions, Michels displayed an unwavering resolve, ultimately flying solo to a well-deserved victory at Thornton Hall, leaving the field in his wake. Mein was second, Barnes finished third.

The next round of the National Trophy Series is on 28 October at Moorsway Leisure Centre, Derbyshire.


Men’s junior

#BibFirst nameSurnameTeam
18JamieStewartShibden Cycling Club
29SebastianGrindleyTrinity Racing Cross
318JoelHurtBeeston Cycling Club
47MackenzieMellishtrainSharp Development Team
511MakLarkintrainSharp Development Team
65DeclanOldhamHope Tech Factory Racing
72LewisTinsleyBCC Race Team
84NathanielHendersonHetton Hawks Cycling Club
917MatthewBellShibden Cycling Club
101OscarAmeyGKR Racing
1112LukeGibson4T+ Cyclopark
1219IsaacOliverSheffield Youth Cycling Club
1316FreddieDixonHope Tech Factory Racing
1410SpencerCorderROTOR Race Team
153AlfieAmeyGKR Racing
1615RowanBaxterHuddersfield Star Wheelers
1713BenCoppolaSCOTT Racing
1814NoahEllisonShibden Cycling Club
1923MagnusDenwoodHarrogate Nova CC
206InnesMcDonaldScotia Offroad Race Team
2132EwanDixtrainSharp Development Team
2228OliverBarkerShibden Cycling Club
2330BenScottRacing Metro 15
2425OscarMartinROTOR Race Team
2520ThomasLewisROTOR Race Team
2637OliverMossClifton CC
2722DillonAirIlkeston Cycle Club
2833RuanVorsterScotia Offroad Race Team
3131FelixEarthRibble rechrg Race Team
3238OscarSaxtonHuddersfield Star Wheelers
3327KaiBuckleyBeeston Cycling Club
3439JohnWhiteShibden Cycling Club
3541LucasElwellInspire Racing Adaston Scape
3634MurrayGrayROTOR Race Team
3843HenryO’BrienScotia Offroad Race Team
3940GeorgeCranstonBarnesbury CC
4045NoahInmanAshfield RC
4147AdamMarshCog Set Papyrus Racing Club
4329SamBuddCTW Racing
4456ElliotFraserClifton CC
4554EuanWhiteChase Racing
4624CharlieHoyleShibden Cycling Club
4850JonathanFrankBolton Hot Wheels CC
4957BilalHardakerInspire Racing Adaston Scape
5144CallumRushworthInspire Racing Adaston Scape
5246BenjaminFreemanLeicester Forest CC
DNF49OliverMeentzen-AlldrittWolverhampton Wheelers
DNF53IsaacPressleyClifton CC

Women’s junior

#BibFirst nameSurnameTeam
11CatFergusonHope Tech Factory Racing
22ImogenWolffTrinity Racing Cross
33AliceCollingShibden Cycling Club
48Bethany-AnnJacksonPine Sport
511AnwenNeshamMaindy Flyers CC
69MiaRutterfordMontezuma’s Race Team
76DaisyTaylorRoyal Albert CC
819TulsiBakraniaMontezuma’s Race Team
94RebeccaWoodvineRR23 –
1021IsabelMayesShibden Cycling Club
1110AmeliaCleatheroReifen Racing
1215AmeliaCebakTofauti Everyone Active
1317ZoeParkerSolihull CC
1422AmeliaStauntonSprockets Cycle Club
1516FayeWilliamsROTOR Race Team
1625MeganLloydHarry Middleton Cycling Club
1726IngridGascoigneTeam Empella
1820TiaTaylorShibden Cycling Club
2023IlanaLordVC Deal
2124IonaSimcockTeam JMC
2213EleinaMcFaddenInspire Racing Adaston Scape
2327JasmineTownendInspire Racing Adaston Scape

Women’s elite

#BibFirst nameSurnameTeam
11AnnaKayCyclocross Reds
27ElenaDayTeam Spectra Cannondale P/B
35AlderneyBakerTeam Empella
510RubyJamesHope Factory Racing
714KateEedyTeam Empella
811KaceyEyeingtonDerwentside CC
915CerisStylerBackstedt Bike Performance JRT
1218VictoriaPeelHope Factory Racing
1320FreyaWhitesideShibden Hope Tech Apex
1427BeatrixKiehlmannRoyal Albert CC
1521AmyPerrymanTEKKERZ CC
1616FlorenceLissamanNewark Castle CC
1725HeatherRobinsonHetton Hawks Cycling Club
1829AmyDrysdaleArmy Cycling Union
1923KatieHadnumReifen Racing
2030Emma JaneHornsbyLDN-Academy
2113LottaMansfieldMontezuma’s Race Team
2237BethanyBarnettAWOL Worx Galliard
2532AmyMourneShibden Cycling Club
2635SarahTomsRoyal Air Force CA
1012XanCreesTeam Spectra Cannondale
1023ElizabethMcKinnonTofauti Everyone Active
10317RebeccaPreeceHope Factory Racing

Men’s elite

#BibFirst nameSurnameTeam
21ThomasMeinHope Factory Racing
35DanielBarnesTeam Spectra Cannondale
49JosephBeckingsaleMontezuma’s Race Team
511OliverAkersRibble – Verge Sport
613TomCouzensMontezuma’s Race Team
720GilesDrakeWheelbase CabTech Castelli
812HuwBuck JonesWales Racing Academy
1028LewisMartinStudio Velo
1110JamesSwadlingNSR – Nigel Smith Racing
1219NicholasCraigSCOTT Racing
1331JoeBrookesHalesowen A & CC
1422CallumLabordeWheelbase CabTech Castelli
1624StevenJamesHope Factory Racing
1714ScottFisherHope Tech Factory Racing
1825ReubenOakleyROTOR Race Team
197SimonWyllieTeam Spectra Cannondale
208JoeCoukhamRibble – Verge Sport
2170EthanWhitesidePrologue Racing Team
2223FlynnGregoryWheelbase CabTech Castelli
236BenChiltonRibble Collective
2415BenjaminBrightWales Racing Academy
2521JoshuaJonesALL IN Racing
2648RobertJebbHope Tech Factory Racing
2716PaulOldhamHope Tech Factory Racing
2826DanEasthamCog Set Papyrus Racing Club
2962PhillipPearceHope Tech Factory Racing
3057OscarTaylorClifton CC
3235SullivanBerryROTOR Race Team
3334GeorgeThompsonRose Race Team
3529JamieGostickTeam PB Performance
3636NeilScottDeeside Thistle CC
3737DavidEarthRose Race Team
3840DanClarkMagspeed Racing
3966HarryWalshawShibden Cycling Club
4052FelixBarkerHope Factory Racing
4139RaphaelTabinerTofauti Everyone Active
4244JackParnabyShibden Cycling Club
4471FinlayTaylorRoyal Albert CC
4533ThomasCrapperMagspeed Racing
4643OttoChiltonDerby CC Webuycycle Huub RT
4760JamesTurnbullAlbarosa Cycling Club
4838JamesElvesReifen Racing
4946EthanGrimshawCookson Cycles
5164OscarHutchingsTeam Tor 2000 Kalas
5261TomWhitworthRoyal Air Force CA
5342JackJeeLVC Racing
5463AlexanderRobinsonClifton CC
5541RobinGoddenHope Factory Racing
5773AdamMorrisFibrax Wrexham Roads Club
6053ThomasStegemanRoyal Air Force CA
6159LukeHarrisHalesowen A & CC
6269JohnMacLeodLettuce Club
9947LeoLawLakes RC
1014JensonYoungRibble – Verge Sport
1023TobyBarnesRibble – Verge Sport
10354WilliamWeatherillHope Factory Racing
10472TylaLoftusWheelbase CabTech Castelli