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Photo: Gary Hibbert

I haven’t got too much to say about the nationals that isn’t obvious. I rode a good race, on an excellent course and a mechanical with 500 metres to go cost me a stripy jersey. Pretty gutted having seemingly done the hard work but I guess it’s not over until it’s over. Nikki was super strong, not only in this race but all season and will be a great champion. I hope we put on a good show and the crowd were happy. Dave put on an excellent championship at a venue I’ve never been to before. I’m pretty sure the nationals will be headed back to Shrewsbury at some point soon.

Gladly in the European cyclocross calendar you never have long to wait to get another chance to get covered in mud. Following the race I jumped straight in the camper, and 700km’s later woke up in Belgium ready for Otegem. It’s a small race just down the road from where I live and being a UCI C2 race is very important, as there aren’t many in Belgium.

Helen - Kona - Permission of Huw Williams

Photo: Huw Williams

It was another heavy muddy affair and after yesterdays race and disappointment I didn’t have much to give to be honest. I hovered near the front but lacked the punch I needed to really propel me to the podium. With 4th place and a Sodastream (Odd but appreciated gift from the organisers) under my arm, I headed home by bike to put the finishing touches to my preparation for the last races of the season. There are some big ones left, with 2 world cups, the World Champs, plus the BPost decider. Hopefully an exciting and productive few weeks ahead.

British National Champs Results:

Elite women
1 Nikki Harris Boels Dolmans CT 49:49.2
2 Helen Wyman Kona / FSA Factory Team 50:44.4
3 Delia Beddis Vicious Velo 55:07.0
4 Diane Lee Cannondale Girls 57:41.0
5 Annabel Simpson Hope Factory Racing 59:47.2
6 Claire Beaumont Vicious Velo 02:50.2
7 Flo Dannah Individual Member 05:17.5
8 Ruby Miller Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT 05:47.7
9 Rebecca Richardson Hafren CC 51:01.0
10 Sarah Barber North Hampshire RC 51:03.6