Abby Mae Parkinson wins second national cyclo-cross title in seven days

HARTSHEAD MOOR rider Abby-Mae Parkinson won her second national cyclo-cross title in seven days as she won the Cyclo-Cross National Championships at Bradford’s Peel Park.

HARTSHEAD MOOR rider Abby-Mae Parkinson won her second national cyclo-cross title in seven days as she won the Cyclo-Cross National Championships at Bradford’s Peel Park.

In another superb display of intelligent riding RST team rider Parkinson took the lead in the Under 16 female category before the end of the first lap despite a slightly hesitant start.

Conditions were very cold and the course was firm on the higher sections.

This suited Parkinson’s strengths as she kept the pressure on the climbs and tops.

By the end of the second lap she had established a 30 second lead over her nearest rival and teammate Grace Garner.

Despite a gutsy challenge from Abigail van Twisk (VC Londres) in the penultimate lap, Parkinson kept up the pace and won by a margin of nine seconds.

Brockholes rider Amira Mellor (HVW) also made a slightly hesitant start but soon got on terms with Garner going into the second lap and this pair had an exciting tussle for almost a full lap before Garner began pulling away to take third place.

In the Under 14 Male category KCA riders Harry Hardcastle, Mason Hollyman and Harrison Cooper-Oldroyd won the team award with an excellent display of determined riding throughout the race.

Mirfield rider Jake Womersley (Sportscover) put in a fine performance to take fifth place in the Junior Male race.

Billy Harding (Paul Milnes/ Bradford Olympic) took the win to earn the national title – much to the pleasure of the home crowd in Bradford.

Both Harding and Womersley have been selected for the GB team for the World Champs in Kentucky.

In the Women’s race Womersley’s aunt, Louise Robinson (Isla Bikes) secured fourth place in another hotly contested race. Nikki Harris (Telenet Fidea Cycling) took the win from Helen Wyman (Kona/FSA Factory Team) and Annie Last (Trek Factory Racing).

Brighouse rider John Ginley (Condor RC) won the Over 70’s Vets category to become National Over 70s Champion – and Ginley is currently World Champion in this age group.

Honley rider John Hick was 11th in the Veteran 45-49 age category, and Graham Piccavey (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) finished 31st.

Ivan Boyes (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) was 45th in the Seniors race, which was won by Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles).

In the Manchester Regional Track League local riders Jacob Scott, Levi Moody and Gabz Cullaigh were in good form in the Premier League.

Scott rode intelligently for most of the evening, doing very well in the Points race, the Devil and the 64 lap Scratch race finishing third, fourth and fourth, respectively.

In the opening 40 lap scratch Cullaigh and Moody set an excellent pace throughout with the former just mis-timing his final attack to take seventh place in a race that averaged 31.2 mph.

 

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