Team CRC Mavic riders Mike Jones and Elliott Heap raced at the British National Championships in Rhyd y Felin over the weekend, up against some of the world’s best riders.
Nigel Page, Team Manager, was there to bring us this report:
The 2017 British National Championships in North Wales was on a tough fast, technical and rough demanding track with a stacked world class field battling it out for the coveted National Champions jersey and title of being British number one! One race run, lay it all on the line.
In the Senior men’s class defending champion Greg Williamson, current World Champion Danny Hart, Laurie Greenland fresh off a World Cup podium in Lenzerheide and a ton of other top world class UK pinners took to the start. It was going to be a hell of a race and tough to win or get on the podium.
Mike Marsden and his team from Borderline Events put on a great relaxed and fun race for all and Dave Pearce uplift system in Land Rovers and trailers was super-efficient as always.
Mike Jones and Elliott Heap were having a blast in practice on the track and we had a few tyre changes throughout the weekend going from full mud tyres, to cuts to dry and back due to the changing weather conditions. The track had some dry hardpack sections, super fast, slippy sketchy slate rock sections and really muddy boggy sections and tons of tree roots and stumps to negotiate too.
Just before seeding in finals, Mike, who is having a tough season this year with injury had a crash tweaking his ankle badly, so it was on with the ice pack and some pain killers before the seeding runs.
Elliott managed to clip one of the stumps half way down the track and rip his rear mech off and Mike struggled to ride as he couldn’t clip out with his bad ankle.
Finals came around late afternoon for the Senior men and the lads both gave it their all with a super fast fixed up bike for Elliott thanks to Euan our weekend’s stand-in mechanic who did an awesome job, thanks very much Euan and Mike with an ankle brace to try and give it some support.
Elliott and Mike ended up with respectable times of 2.55 and 2.56 just short of six seconds off the winning time which put them in 13th and 14th for the day. It was super close racing and the top three were all within ½ second of each other. Crazy exciting racing!
A big congrats to Greg Williamson for defending his title just beating an on form and very impressive first year Elite Charlie Hatton and current World Champion Danny Heart.
Thanks to my wife Michelle for helping with the set up and cooking for us, Elliott’s mum for helping out and Euan for his great mechanic skills.
Top weekend’s racing!
[All images by Dan Hearn]