Wyman wins 5th consecutive cyclo-cross title

 

Despite showing early season promise with a medal at the European Cyclo-cross Championships, Helen Wyman had a very disappointing ride at the cyclo-cross worlds.

 

She was adamant that her from was good, but that the exceptionally cold and icy conditions had not allowed her to put that to good use.  Certainly, if there was any doubt about her form, those doubts were put to rest at the weekend, when she put in a masterful ride to take a record equalling, fifth consecutive win of the national cyclo cross title.

 

The championships were delayed from the original date in January due to snow and so as it happened, Wyman was riding her second race in two days – Saturday in Belgium, Sunday in England – but there was clearly little dampening of her spirit.  Wyman took to the front from the gun and drove the pace so hard that by the end of lap one, she was on her own and she stayed clear to take the win with apparent ease.

 

 

 

 

 

With Annie Last, the best of the GB finishers at the World Championships in 11th place, a non-starter, the bookies believed Wyman was most likely to be challenged by fellow internationals Nikki Harris and Gabriella Day.

 

Sadly, Day found herself almost immediately out of contention, as she punctured within minutes of the start.  After a quick bike change, she set about working her way through the race but the best she could do was to get to third place.

 

With Day on the back foot, the question was whether Harris could take on Wyman.  She went with her as she piled on the pressure from the start, but by the end of the first lap Harris had lost contact and Wyman was on her way to taking the title.

 

There was a closer fight for silver, with Day showing huge determination to overcome her earlier bad luck.  She worked her way back through the race and almost got to Harris - closing the gap to just 10 seconds at one point - but Harris gave nothing away and crossed the line to take silver with a gap of 14 seconds on Day.

 

After the race, Helen spoke to BikeEnvy, 'the race went really well for me today, after having raced on Saturday in Belgium I wasn't sure how tired I would be, but as soon as the race started I felt good, so it was no problem at all. I tried to ride my own race, with as much precision as possible and it seemed to work.' 

 

She went on to pay tribute to her the riders who had given her a race for the title, 'Both Nikki and Gabby are incredible bike riders and show that regularly on the European scene - Gabby had another top 10 finish in a World Cup this year. So the race is always really hard and I am just glad I was able to win again'

 

 

 

 

 

Results:

GOLD Helen Wyman Kona/FSA Factory Team 42 m 04 s

SILVER Nikki Harris AVB Cycling Team @ 1:31

BRONZE Gabriella Day Cyclefit RT @ 1:45

4 Adela Carter Crosstrax @ 3:25

5 Hannah Barnes (J) Candi TV /Marshalls Pasta @ 3:45

6 Corrine Hall Team Corridori @ 4:00

7 Nicola Juniper PCA CiclosUno/Squeezy/Isaac @ 4:23

8 Joanne McRae Arctic - Premier RT (NC) @ 5:55

9 Lauren Creamer (J) Wolverhampton Whs/Fred Williams @ 6:49

10 Anna Buick Thetford MTB Racing @ 7:48

11 Hannah Bowers Votwo.co.uk/SBR @ 7:53

12 Caroline Goward Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Scott/GSI @ 8:53

13 Penny Rowson (J) The MischiefCard.com RT @ 9:23

14 Erin Billington (J) Welland Valley CC @ 10:00

15 Delia Beddis Dulwich Paragon CC @ 10:04

16 Christine Howard Matlock CC/Impsport/Farmers/Wards @ 1 lap

17 Rebecca Keogh (J) Solihull CC @ 1 lap

18 Vivien Cox Team Empella Cyclo-cross.com @ 1 lap

19 Andrea Halman Swindon RC @ 1 lap

20 Chloe Parrington Welland Valley Wheelers @ 1 lap

 

 

Want to read more:

Cyclo Cross National Series

Cyclo-Cross guide

 

 

 

 

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