Yorben Van Tichelt (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and Hannah Payton (Kinesis UK) drew first blood as Moorways Leisure Centre in Derby witnessed some thrilling and hard-fought action in the opening round of the British Cycling National Trophy Cyclo-cross Series.
Yorben Van Tichelt (Marlux-Napoleon Games) sprinted to victory ahead of Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles-Ridley) after the pair had battled for much of the race.
The pair worked well together and as the clock ticked by the gap to the chasers soon hit the minute mark.
Tichelt’s team-mate Angelo De Clercq, who placed second at Derby last year behind Field, went on the chase but barring any incident the front two were not going to be troubled.
The chase group grew to some 17 by the midway point, Jack Clarkson and Paul Oldham (Hope Factory), Nick Barnes and Mike Butler (Hargroves Cycles-Ridley), Jan Denuwelaere (Mathieu-Kona), Dave Fletcher (Sherwood Pines-Felt- Envy) and Billy Harding (Oldfield/Paul Milnes) among the group.
But they couldn’t find an answer to the leaders and had to be content fighting out for third. Billy Harding would ultimately finish fifth and take the under 23 race.
The leading pair exchanged the front position throughout the race, working through the back markers with ease whilst the chase group’s numbers fluctuated throughout.
With some 45 minutes gone that chase split, Denuwelaere, Butler, De Clercq and Nick Barnes moved away from the big chase group as the race approached the scaffold bridge but that would be short-lived and were back into the chase within a lap.
With two laps remaining Van Tichelt made his move and got a gap to Field. The Belgium rider took to the bridge alone, Field had to respond immediately and got back on terms by the time they took to the hurdles. De Clercq get the gap on the chasers and looked to have kept his powder dry until the latter stages of the race.
With the bell ringing the lead pair rolled across the line together looking at each other. Again Van Tichelt attacked Field on the hurdles and made a few bike lengths but Field pegged the leader back, however he was unable to pass him and had to be content with second spot as the Belgian took his first win at Derby.
De Clercq attacked Field on the finish straight but Field wasn’t going to lose second place. Nick Barnes took fourth, out-sprinting Billy Harding followed by Clarkson, Dednuwelaere and Oldham all on the same time.
“I felt like during the race me and Field were a really good team,” said Van Tischelt.
“We both felt we had good legs and it was a killer until the last lap, I was just happy to be able to finish it off. I raced her twice before, and this is my best result here.”
“With three laps to go I felt that was my moment to attack after the barriers, but I was a little tired and made a mistake, so Field could come back up to me.
“At the bell I asked Ian if it was really the last lap, because the last thing I saw said five laps! We were both very concentrated and focused.”
Meanwhile, Ian Field’s race mirrored Van Tischelt’s to a large extent.
“There was nothing to split us, it was just that he was off at the barriers and I wasn’t,” said Field. “We were really closely matched. We both put in digs throughout the race and couldn’t get rid of each other, so it was just a drag race to the finish line.
“We worked well together, and were never in danger of getting caught by the other guys. We knew we would have to work together to stay clear, and only started racing each other in the last three laps.
“It should be a good Series with Yorben racing all the rounds!” – Ian Field.
Hannah Payton (Kinesis UK) powered to victory ahead of Annie Simpson (Hope Factory Racing) and Beth Crumpton (Boot out Breast Cancer CC) at the end of a challenging opening round in Derby.
The 22-year-old from Kingswinford in the West Midlands was around 25 seconds ahead of Simpson, with Crumpton one lap down.
Payton, the winner of last season’s British Cycling National Trophy Series, took the race on from the front and along with Simpson and Crumpton all but dominated the big field.
A strong road season for Payton and Simpson looked to be paying dividends on the fast course, only Crumpton able to stay with the pace of the pair.
The trio had taken to the head of the race by the start of the second lap, the field already split across the circuit. Abergavenny’s Ffyon James had settled into fourth spot unable to close the gap to the leaders, but was holding off a chase from Elspeth Grace (Welwyn Wheelers), Louise Mahe (Les Filles) and Jo Tindley (Ford EcoBoost).
Maddie Gammons (RP Vision RT), Sophie Thackray (Sunsport Velo) and Speedflex’s Sophie Turnbull headed the chase from the rest of the field but the leaders weren’t going to be troubled as they pushed on.
With only a few laps remaining James began to slow, allowing the chase to bridge the gap to make a chase group of four riders. But it was to be short lived with Tindley feeling the pace and dropping back.
With the Junior men’s race finishing there would only be Payton and Simpson who were in front of the winner and had to complete another lap, Crumpton taking third after falling at the hurdles on the penultimate lap and losing touch with the lead group.
James kept her fourth place and the first Under 23 home, Elspeth Grace finished sixth and first junior. The two leaders took to the final lap but it was Payton who had the edge of her road team mate Simpson and opened up the gap to take the chequered flag quite comfortably.
Written by Andy Whitehouse / Snowdon
Sports Photos by Andy Whitehouse
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