Amira Mellor has become the junior women’s British Cycling National Cyclo-Cross champion.
Riding in the championships staged in Abergavenny the former Holme Valley Wheelers rider, who now wears the colours of Paul Milnes Cycles Bradford Olympic RC, produced a strong showing and was in the running in the senior rankings early on.
Mellor was keeping touch with the leading pair but after two laps Nikki Harris and Helen Wyman had opened up a gap – Wyman seeing off the challenge of Harris to take her ninth British Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championship.
Mellor was however crowned junior women’s champion, completing a double after her excellent British Cycling National Trophy Series win.
Halifax’s Jack Clarkson took silver in the men’s Under 23 race.
Grant Ferguson secured the race win to take his third title in as many years, dominating the race from the second lap and leaving the rest of the field to fight out the silver and bronze.
A fast opening lap saw Clarkson (Hope Factory Racing) and Ben Sumner (Beeline Bicycles) set out their intentions, but Billy Harding (Paul Milnes RT) and Nick Barnes (Zepnat RT) were quick to keep tabs on the two and kept the gaps tight, but Clarkson held on for second place.