Win for our man Humphreys in first CX of the season
Cyclo-Cross NW League: Round 1 Red Rose Olympic Hoghton Tower Sun 07 Sept 2014 Rider report: Jack Humphreys, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
"The senior race had a strong field including many who had travelled in from outside the region. A very fast sprint up the tarmac climb helped to string out everyone for the first turn and then a slalom descent into the wooded section.
Jack Clarkson from Hope and myself pulled away from the bunch after the first half lap taking very different lines through the technical stages. Giles Drake Leisure lakes, last year’s North West champ, followed about 15 seconds behind. We exchanged the lead on a number of occasions with Giles’s strong endurance beginning to show as he gradually caught up to the back of us. I have been away from a full training schedule since I had appendicitis about 6 weeks ago so I started to tire a little and Clarkson pulled out a gap, Giles took an unplanned pit stop to deal with a tyre issue which left the 3 of us properly split for the first time in the race.
This was my local race and the spectators kept me going at every turn and I started to gain on the leader with my favourite part of the course being the indoor barn section were I gained time by bunny hopping up the stairs on the exit. Gradually I closed the gap forcing Clarkson to slip in the final section enabling me to take the win.
It was good to catch up with 2 other Wheelbase riders Mike Wardle and Josh Varty who also took part. Thanks to all the mechanics at Wheelbase who did a great job of setting up my Cannondale’s. Looking forward now to the first National Trophy in about 3 weeks.”
1 Jack Humphreys Wheelbase Altura MGD 2 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing 3 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com