Despite freezing conditions in Bradford on Sunday our man Lewis Craven powered his way to a podium spot at the National Cyclocross Trophy round 5. Lewis rode away from the pack early on the second lap to form a leading pair with Belgian rider Braam Merlier, they took the race to the rest of the field and held the lead for much of the race.
The snowy conditions made for an exciting and technical race with several crashes affecting the field early on. Lewis displayed his bike handling prowess to avoid any disruptions and had the know-how to force an elite move that would ultimately prove decisive, riding clear with Merlier. He rode with the Belgian until two laps to go when Merlier kicked into another gear and got away in the race-winning move. Despite a late surge by pro-mountain biker Grant Ferguson to snatch second place, Lewis crossed the line in third to earn an incredible podium spot in an elite field.
Men’s Elite Result
1. Braam Merlier (Steylaerts-Betfirst)
2. Grant Ferguson (CST American Eagle)
3. Lewis Craven (Wheelbase Altura MGD)
Images courtesy of Cadence Images
Our success continued with a superb ride in the U23 race by new recruit Mark McGuire who took second place on the Bradford course. Mark travelled down from Scotland for the race and it proved worth the trip as he started strongly and remained among the lead bunch to take second behind Calum Fernie. Mark showed his power and some great skill on the tricky course, proving that he’s definitely got a promising future ahead.
Men’s U23 Result
1. Calum Fernie (Nottingham Clarion CC)
2. Mark McGuire (Wheelbase Altura MGD)
3. Billy Harding (PH-MAS Paul/Milnes)