Elena Day (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) and Thomas Mein (Hope Factory Racing) strengthened their grasp on their respective elite National Trophy leaders jerseys as they dominated the fourth round of the Cyclocross National Trophy Series in Torbay.
In the junior events, Seb Grindley prevailed to take his first win of the season in the men’s category, while Alice Colling made it two-in-a-row in the women’s competition.
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Seb Grindley proved why he’s carrying the national champion’s stripes this season as he powered to his first victory in this year’s National Trophy.
From the beginning, the Trinity Racing rider took the lead on a bright morning in Torbay, despite the challenging conditions of what was arguably the most muddy National Trophy course faced this year.
On the opening lap, Grindley swiftly secured a few precious seconds ahead. Demonstrating remarkable poise, he skillfully preserved his lead, even as series leader Oscar Amey (GKR Racing) relentlessly pursued him. To intensify the competition, Alfie Amey, also representing GKR Racing, joined his brother in the pursuit.
The duo executed impressive exchanges throughout their relentless pursuit of Grindley. However, their efforts fell short as the national champion secured victory with a commanding lead of over 10 seconds. Alfie claimed the second-place position, finishing a notable nine seconds ahead of Oscar.
Alice Colling of Shibden Cycling Club secured her second consecutive triumph, further solidifying her hold on the prestigious series leader’s jersey. Her commanding performance leaves no doubt about her dominance in the competition.
In what was a depleted field in the South West, Colling replicated the exceptional performance that had previously distinguished her from her competitors in the last round at Derby, once again showcasing her unrivaled skills.
There was competition at the start, as Rebecca Woodvine (RR23 – runandride.co.uk) got the better start and held a slender lead over Colling as they completed a back-and-forth opening first tour which included Anwen Nesham (Cardiff JIF) nipping at the leading pair’s heels, but as Colling got into the groove she picked her moment and squeezed into the lead on the second lap round.
Riding cautiously around the slippery off-camber hairpins that are a prominent feature of the Devon course, Colling took the win by more than 20 seconds, with Woodvine herself 20 seconds ahead of Nesham, who rounded out the podium.
Elena Day added to her win at the opening round in South Shields with a remarkable display of domination as she swept to an untroubled triumph for Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS.
Leading in both the under-23 and overall women’s National Trophy rankings, Day showcased her exceptional abilities as she triumphed in a fast-paced initial lap to secure the lead. She then skillfully distanced herself from the competition, further cementing her position in the series standings.
There was a three-rider chase to try and reel her back in – headed by Hope Inglis (Brother UK – Orientation Marketing) – but Day was on a mission. Lapping a number of riders on her way to the flag, she took victory by a mammoth 67 seconds.
Behind, Ruby James (Hope Factory Racing) secured second position with Inglis finishing in third place, making her the second-best under-23 rider.
Team Empella’s Alderney Baker and Xan Crees (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) rounded out the senior podium, while Liz McKinnon (Montezuma’s Race Team) was third in the under-23 category. Kate Eedy won the V40 race for Team Empella.
Thomas Mein secured his third triumph in the National Trophy series as he cruised effortlessly to victory. This remarkable achievement came just before his participation in the prestigious UCI World Cup event in Dendermonde the very next day.
The Hope Factory Racing rider wasn’t the first rider out of the gates. Instead, he chose to wait until further round the opening lap before making his move.
When he struck, it was in typical Mein fashion. Leading Ribble-Verge Sport’s Toby Barnes by 10 seconds after just the first lap, the yellow jersey holder disappeared into the hairpins and switchbacks.
Barnes did try and keep the series Leader honest, setting a few laps which were quicker than Mein’s, but every time Barnes threatened to close the gap, Mein turned the screw again, responding with a quick tour of his own to make sure the status quo was maintained.
After eight laps of frenetic action, Mein secured his trio of wins by 24 seconds, with Barnes almost 90 seconds clear of brother Dan Barnes (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS), the latter extending his lead in the under-23 points competition.
Huw Buck Jones (Wales Racing Academy) and Simon Wyllie (Team Spectra Cannondale P/B DAS) rounded out the under-23 podium, with Montezuma’s Tom Couzens doing likewise in the senior category.
The next round of the National Trophy Series takes the field to the Gravesend Cyclopark on 9th December.
|1||Sebastian Grindley||Trinity Racing Cross||41:03.2|
|2||Alfie Amey||GKR Racing||41:15.0|
|3||Oscar Amey||GKR Racing||41:24.8|
|4||Joel Hurt||Beeston Cycling Club||41:30.0|
|5||Mak Larkin||trainSharp Development Team||41:32.5|
|6||Noah Ellison||Shibden Cycling Club||41:34.2|
|7||Declan Oldham||Hope Tech Factory Racing||41:41.0|
|8||Luke Gibson||4T+ Cyclopark||42:02.5|
|9||Spencer Corder||ROTOR Race Team||42:13.3|
|10||Nathaniel Henderson||Hetton Hawks Cycling Club||42:20.4|
|11||Freddie Dixon||Hope Tech Factory Racing||42:30.4|
|12||Isaac Oliver||Sheffield Youth Cycling Club||42:41.1|
|13||Ben Coppola||SCOTT Racing||42:51.5|
|14||Mackenzie Mellish||trainSharp Development Team||42:54.8|
|15||Charlie Hoyle||Shibden Cycling Club||43:09.4|
|16||Ewan Dix||trainSharp Development Team||43:11.2|
|17||Alex Hart||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||43:51.6|
|18||Matthew Bell||Shibden Cycling Club||43:53.2|
|20||Thomas Lewis||ROTOR Race Team||43:56.4|
|21||Finlay Mowat||Avid Sport||43:58.5|
|22||Dylan Cherruault||Avid Sport||44:00.9|
|23||Ben Scott||Racing Metro 15||46:08.0|
|25||Dillon Air||Ilkeston Cycle Club||46:41.4|
|26||Sam Budd||CTW Racing||46:54.8|
|30||Jack Beveridge||Avid Sport||47:49.6|
|31||Oliver Agombar||Magspeed Racing||48:41.1|
|33||Oliver Oldham||Barrow Central Wheelers||50:08.0|
|34||Harrison Warner||Velo Club Venta||50:17.9|
|35||Oscar Pasmore||ROTOR Race Team||51:43.0|
|1||Alice Colling||Shibden Cycling Club||38:08.8|
|2||Rebecca Woodvine||RR23 – runandride.co.uk||38:32.8|
|3||Anwen Nesham||Cardiff JIF||38:52.6|
|4||Bethany-Ann Jackson||Pine Sport||39:31.2|
|6||Mia Rutterford||Montezuma’s Race Team||40:29.7|
|7||Zoe Parker||Solihull CC||40:51.2|
|8||Ellie Mitchinson||Montezuma’s Race Team||41:50.8|
|9||Amelia Cleathero||Reifen Racing||42:01.8|
|10||Harriette Taylor||Chase Racing||42:13.6|
|11||Layla Bradbrook||Marsh Tracks Racing – Trek||42:31.8|
|15||Faye Williams||ROTOR Race Team||44:01.7|
|16||Tulsi Bakrania||Montezuma’s Race Team||44:38.9|
|17||Eleina McFadden||Inspire Racing Adaston Scape||46:11.7|
|18||Iona Simcock||Team JMC||48:17.3|
|Place Overall||Place in Category||Name||Category||Team||Time|
|1||1||Elena Day||FU23||Team Spectra Cannondale||00:55:30|
|2||1||Ruby James||FS||Hope Factory Racing||00:56:37|
|4||2||Alderney Baker||FS||Team Empella||00:57:19|
|5||1||Kate Eedy||FV40||Team Empella||00:57:42|
|6||3||Xan Crees||FS||Team Spectra Cannondale||00:57:57|
|7||3||Elizabeth McKinnon||FU23||Montezuma’s Race Team||00:58:10|
|8||4||Rebecca Preece||FS||Hope Factory Racing||00:58:45|
|9||2||Ceris Styler||FV40||Backstedt Bike Performance JRT||01:00:06|
|10||4||Kacey Eyeington||FU23||Derwentside CC||01:00:37|
|11||5||Christina Wiejak||FS||Saint Piran WRT||01:01:12|
|13||5||Beatrix Kiehlmann||FU23||Royal Albert CC||01:02:24|
|14||6||Freya Whiteside||FU23||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||01:02:28|
|16||7||Katie Hadnum||FU23||Reifen Racing||01:03:37|
|17||8||Kate Mactear||FS||WestSide Coaching 73 Degrees||01:04:53|
|18||8||Florence Lissaman||FU23||Newark Castle CC||01:06:29|
|20||10||Natasha Reddy||FS||Team Empella||00:43:47|
|21||11||Hannah Bayes||FS||Saint Piran WRT||00:44:25|
|22||9||Grace Whitehouse||FU23||WarVena Racing Team||00:44:34|
|23||12||Anna Boniface||FS||Reading CC||00:44:38|
|24||10||Harriet Limb||FU23||WXC World Racing||00:47:10|
|Place Overall||Place in Category||Name||Category||Team||Time|
|1||1||Thomas Mein||OS||Hope Factory Racing||01:04:20|
|2||2||Toby Barnes||OS||Ribble – Verge Sport||01:04:44|
|3||1||Daniel Barnes||OU23||Team Spectra Cannondale||01:06:11|
|4||2||Huw Buck Jones||OU23||Wales Racing Academy||01:06:42|
|5||3||Simon Wyllie||OU23||Team Spectra Cannondale||01:07:19|
|6||3||Tom Couzens||OS||Montezuma’s Race Team||01:07:22|
|7||4||Joseph Smith||OU23||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||01:07:22|
|8||5||Scott Fisher||OU23||Hope Tech Factory Racing||01:08:19|
|9||4||Joe Coukham||OS||Ribble – Verge Sport||01:08:55|
|10||5||Steven James||OS||Hope Factory Racing||01:09:36|
|11||6||Joseph Beckingsale||OS||Montezuma’s Race Team||01:09:44|
|12||6||Benjamin Bright||OU23||Wales Racing Academy||01:09:53|
|13||7||Flynn Gregory||OU23||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||01:10:30|
|14||1||Nicholas Craig||OV50||SCOTT Racing||01:10:42|
|15||1||Paul Oldham||OV40||Hope Tech Factory Racing||01:11:06|
|16||2||Robert Jebb||OV40||Hope Tech Factory Racing||01:11:38|
|17||7||Giles Drake||OS||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||01:11:42|
|18||8||Oscar Taylor||OU23||Shibden Cycling Club||01:11:45|
|19||9||Spencer Davies||OU23||Wales Racing Academy||00:53:53|
|20||10||Oliver Akers||OU23||Ribble – Verge Sport||00:54:00|
|22||9||Frederik Scheske||OS||Team Spectra Cannondale||00:54:41|
|23||11||Thomas Crapper||OU23||Magspeed Racing||00:55:08|
|24||12||Ethan Whiteside||OU23||Prologue Racing Team||00:44:49|
|25||10||Scott Chalmers||OS||Magspeed Racing||00:45:55|
|26||13||Sullivan Berry||OU23||ROTOR Race Team||00:46:12|
|28||11||Robin Godden||OS||Hope Factory Racing||00:46:50|
|29||12||Charlie Riccard||OS||WestSide Coaching 73 Degrees||00:47:02|
|31||13||Charlie Mactear||OS||WestSide Coaching 73 Degrees||00:39:00|
|32||3||Glyndwr Griffiths||OV40||WestSide Coaching 73 Degrees||00:39:37|
|33||14||William Lezard||OS||Magspeed Racing||00:29:52|
|34||4||Sam Chatwin||OV40||Army Cycling Union||00:30:23|
|35||15||Dan Hopes||OS||WestSide Coaching 73 Degrees||00:30:26|