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Mixed fortunes for Keighley riders in National Trophy series at Bradford's Peel Park
Feeling below his best was a factor in Keighley’s Alfie Moses failing to finish on the podium in last Sunday’s National Trophy cyclo-cross race in Bradford.
The Paul Milnes Cycles-Bradford Olympic rider has tested unblemished series leader Dan Tulett (Hargroves Cycles) before in this winter’s series but he could only come fourth in the under-16 boys’ race at Peel Park.
Alfie’s dad Craven said: “The race went okay but Alfie is feeling under the weather and was heavy legged. He probably didn’t hydrate enough either.
“Now we can look forward to the final round of the National Trophy and the National Championships on the first two weekends of the new year.”
Tulett’s fifth win in as many rounds means he has already taken the series title before that last round at Shrewsbury Sports Village on Sunday, January 5.
Cononley’s Ian Taylor, fresh from his North of England triumph, was just happy to be back on the podium in the men’s veterans’ 40-49 years’ race in Bradford, having come fourth in the last round of the series at Milton Keynes.
“It felt really good,” said the Jedi Cycles Sport rider after the day’s opening race at an unseasonably mild venue.
“Temperatures are a bit different from normal here but that meant the mud was slippery.”
Chris Young (Pedalsport Cycling Club) was sixth and said: “I am recovering from a cold but our group realised we could make up some time if we worked together.
“The mild weather meant that the bikes had to be cleaned by the jack washers more often.”
Andy Peace, his clubmate from Haworth, was eighth and Oxenhope’s Matt Denby (Team Jewson-MI Racing) was 17th, adding: “I have only had two weeks’ hard training behind me.”
Bingley’s Marie Jackson (Paul Milnes Cycles-Bradford Olympic) won the women’s veterans’ prize to repeat her Milton Keynes triumph.
Wilsden’s Annabel Simpson (Team Hope Factory Racing), who won the Southampton round, was a factor in the women’s race early on before fading to finish fourth behind series leader Hannah Payton (Kinesis Morvelo Project), Merce Paciois Pujado (Blue Motors) and Bradford Grammar School pupil Abby-Mae Park-inson (RST Racing).
Rob Jebb (Hope Factory racing) was sixth in the men’s race, with fellow Bingley man Robert Watson (PH-MAS Cycling) 26th.
Ian Field won the elite men’s race ahead of Paul Oldham.
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