National CycloCross Trophy
Round 4: Milton Keynes Bowl
Sunday 01 December 2013
Rider report and reaction from Lewis Craven, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
"A few days before the Milton Keynes National Trophy and suffering with a cold and chest infection I thought my chances of racing we’re slim at best. I’d checked out the course map and it appeared to be full of twists and turns, so with that in mind I decided it’d probably suit me and to give it a go. And I’m glad I did.
The course was a beaut! Based in the bowl, used for music festivals etc, it climbed up and down the grass banks with just about every type of turn imaginable. Every corner was on a camber and the dew that morning had left it slightly greasy. On the warm up I’d seen multiple crashes and at racing speeds it was going to be very testing.
Starting on the second grid I had my slowest start ever. Riders came past on every side and my legs felt empty. Luckily Nick Craig had made just as bad a start and as he came flying past I managed to hang on and move up into the low twenties.
Into the middle section of the race I had moved into the mid teens, and being able to create small gaps round the corners and hang on on the pedalling sections was working well. Into the final couple of laps in a group of three I made the mistake of running a corner I’d been riding previously. Jumping back onto the bike I struggled clipping my shoes back into my pedals, the mud having clogged up the cleats. The two riders I was with pushed on creating a fifty metre gap that I couldn’t close.
Rolling in fifteenth I had to be satisfied. But again I felt that the fitness was lacking and with just two weeks until Bradford time is running out. Other than that the Focus bikes with discs were fantastic, I’ve not had any falls since the 3 Peaks and I got to ride a great course which must be considered in the future for a National Champs. Back to training and preparing for the best course in the country." Lewis Craven, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
National CycloCross Trophy
Round 3: Durham
Sunday 17 November 2013
Report by WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD rider Jack Humphreys
British University National Championships
"Sunday the 17th of November saw the Wheelbase team travel to Durham to take part in the Cyclo-Cross National Trophy round 3. I arrived a day early to compete in the British University National Championships which took place on the same course. Around 70 riders crammed onto the start with no formal grinding and I found myself starting from the back. There were also a number of riders who usually ride the mountain bike and Cross National Trophies so I had my work cut out to get to the front."
National CycloCross Championship Rd 3: Durham
"The race soon spread out and by about half way I had just about made it into the top ten. Laps were running out for me to get to the front and with one lap to go I was chasing the top 2 but with the sticky surface beginning to cut up time ran out for me and I finished a few meters down managing to secured third place. It was a great opportunity to work out the best lines for the following day and next time I will not assume that students are always late for a start time!
Lewis Craven and Tom Armstrong joined me the following day. There was very little parking and no space for the Wheelbase Gazebo but the back up from the Wheelbase Team was great with the guys having to carry all the support equipment from some distance away to the pits.
The usual very fast and frantic start saw all three of us get away well. We all settled into top twenty places with Lewis just outside 10th position; Tom and I were locked into a bunch of about 6 riders with a small gap up to Lewis who managed to stay with the front group securing 9th position.
The rain just about held off so I managed to slip away from my group and found myself on my own in about 16th place although with Tom dominating the chasing group i had to work hard for it. As the race went on my efforts from the day before began to catch up with me and a rider began to bridge the gap between me and my the chasing group; it ended with a sprint finish with me just missing out on 16th place but overall I was happy with my weekends performances.”
Rider report from Lewis Craven, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
"With four weeks since my last cross race I didn’t know what to expect at Durham. Leading up to the race the weather in the north west had left the ground sodden. But knowing that the race was around the universities cricket ground I thought there was a good chance it’d be well drained.
Unfortunately for me my predictions were correct. A challenging course none the less, with fast straights leading into greasy but firm corners. With a front row gridding I made a reasonable start and soon settled into a group of five. Mindful of others making any mistakes I’d tried to keep in the first two. Pushing the pace along with tony fawcett the group soon split, and we were joined by Jack Clarkson . We remained inseparable for most of the race.
Into the closing laps we each tried to gap one another, racing into the corners elbow to elbow I was able to brake late thanks to my new SRAM discs but lacked the speed and power to drop the others. In the end tony just had the edge for eighth place and had ridden with the local crowd behind him.
I can’t grumble with ninth. My new bikes were amazing feeling like I’d ridden them forever, not the thirty minutes I’d had on them in the week. And the legs weren’t bad just lacking race speed. Hopefully Milton Keynes will be a slower, more technical course. And the weather will be cold and wet. Just how I like it!”
1 Paul Oldham Team Hope Factory Racing
2 Oli Beckingsale Endura MTB Racing Elite
3 Adam Martin Metaltek - Knights of Old
4 Steven James Hargroves Cycles
5 Jody Crawforth Hargroves Cycles
6 David Fletcher Orange Monkey Pro Team
7 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles
8 Tony Fawcett Team Scott UK
9 Lewis Craven Wheelbase Altura MGD
10 Jack Clarkson Team Hope Factory Racing
11 Nicholas Barnes www.Zepnat.com
12 Matthew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles
13 Daniel Booth Team Hope Factory Racing
14 Robert Jebb Team Hope Factory Racing
15 Dave Collins Team Hope Factory Racing
16 Dieter Droger Pioneer Scott
17 Jack Humphreys Wheelbase Altura MGD
18 Tom Payton Islabikes
19 Rob Partridge Team UK Youth
20 Adam King Cardiff J.I.F.
21 Thomas Armstrong Wheelbase Altura MGD
WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD PRESENT A
FREE IN STORE PRESENTATION: FAST AT 40+
Training, Nutrition and Lifestyle for the older athlete by Tim Lawson, founder of SIS. 7pm Thurs 21 Nov 2013
FREE TO ATTEND!
Tim Lawson, the founder of SIS, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD rider and National Track Champion at 48 years talks about his journey.
From an 18 stone entrepreneur working 24/7 establishing the UK’s number 1 sports nutrition brand to racing the Tour of Oman, training with Astana Pro Team and the National, European and World Track Championships, via a broken pelvis and a few stints in hospital.
Tim will focus on nutrition on a off the bike, training, sports science and mixing the life of a hectic business with time on the bike and the peloton.
7pm Thursday 21 November 2013
WHEELBASE Cycle Superstore
Kendal LA8 9LR
Refreshments by Wilf’s Café will be provided.