This past Sunday saw the final round of the National Trophy Cyclocross Series take place at the York Sports Village under tough, sloppy, muddy conditions where technical bike handling skills and an ability to run efficiently off the bike were a must.
The Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli cyclocross team had a very successful weekend with Lewis Craven (the fastest optician in the North!) taking a fantastic win in the Vet 40 race which took place on the Saturday in conditions that suited his excellent bike handling skills. Lewis was going for a double-header weekend and would go on to race the main Elite event on the Sunday too so this win was a great tune-up and a fantastic result for the team!
On Sunday in the Elite race our team were faced with the same demanding conditions as the previous day. Cyclocross is a team sport, with much of a rider’s success can be put down to an efficient pit crew that’s able to do perfect bike changes each lap and be ready with a clean bike for each rider as they return to the pits. Our pit crew performed flawlessly and contributed to Lewis finishing with another top 10 result, this time in 6th position against the very best national competitors as well as some very talented Belgian racers. Giles Drake took a fine 10th place keeping up his strong form following on from his recent Northern Area Champs win. Tom Martin returned to racing at the top level of cyclocross following a few issues with illness earlier in the season to finish strongly in the top 20 in 16th position.
This was the final round of the National Trophy Cyclocross season with Lewis and Giles’ overall results reflecting a successful season of racing for the Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli team; Lewis took 6th overall and Giles took 8th place overall. The final big cyclocross race of the season comes shortly after the Christmas break with our team heading to the National Cyclocross Championships on January 11th and 12th which takes place at the infamous Shrewsbury venue renowned for it’s difficult racing conditions; good luck to all of our team riders!
(All photography by Craig Zadoroznyj)