On a cold, wet and windy Sunday afternoon Ian Field and Nick Barnes took to the start line of the Koksijde UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Despite the poor weather, plenty of GB supporters turned out to spur the guys on. Battling the leg-burning mixture of mud and sand Ian finished the Elite Mens race in 24th place whilst Nick Barnes finished 37th in the under 23’s category.
In the Notts & Derby Cyclo-cross League at Markeaton (Round 8) Harry Yates won the Men's Junior race, a result mirrored by Jody Crawford who with a huge gap of 1 minute 38 seconds won the Senior Men’s category in round nine of the Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo-cross League.
It was a lonely race for me, occasionally catching Jena’s wheel but failing to pass and getting gapped off again. When I finally caught her with two laps to go, I decided to pit because my front derailleur was still causing issue. Going into the pits I smack the curb suuuuuuper hard. I yell to the crew “not shifting in the front, I think I just flatted the rear”. Knowing I had no other wheels and assuming I had just killed those, I knew I was on my finishing bike. All of a sudden, every root had teeth and they were jumping out to get me. So obviously I stare at them, the enemies waiting to flat me out of the race. And what happens when we stare at things? We hit them. Those last two laps were a mix of hard root slamming and slow, ginger line selections. I finally caught Jena again after my pit, and I yelled to her that Cassie was closing. We exchanged spots a few times, and she always walked away from me in those technical rooty turns, just like the day before. But, luckily for me, I was able to pass her in the last straight-section of the course and hold my lead till the end. It came down to a sprint, and I heard the crowd going wild! I didn’t look back, I just kept the pedals slamming. I held on to 2nd place by a bike length. YES! I had broken the 3rd place curse! Three 3rds and I finally climbed onto the second step. Next stop: Top step.
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Round nine of the Wessex Cyclocross League belonged to Steve James.
Having to start the race way back on the grid Steve moved quickly and efficiently to the front of the pack and in just two laps was ready to make his winning break. Going full gas, Steve powered through the worsening course conditions to take the win with an overall lead of 2 minutes and 27 seconds.
In the Veteran 40 race Crispin Doyle was also victorious. Despite suffering a mechanical failure in the closing stages of the race, Crispin quickly jumped onto his spare bike to take the win by a very slender 4 seconds.
Nick Barnes won the latest round of the Yorkshire points series. For Nick’s next race he’ll be trading in the mud for the sands of Koksijde, Belgium for the next round of the World Cup. He’ll also be be joined by Ian Field. Don’t forget you can catch all of the action on the UCI Youtube channel.
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Ian Field wins in fine style!
Ian Field continued his assault and dominance of the British National Trophy Series this weekend in Durham, after torrential rain the course was very boggy and difficult. However he made light work of conditions, which he thrives in, taking the lead of the race on the second lap and never looking back.
Ian quickly gained an advantage and consistently grew the lead by 10 seconds every lap finishing up with a winning margin of 46 seconds. This makes it 3 from 3 this season in the national trophies!
Steve James was next home in 10th place, having spent most of the week in bed with a virus it made the ride even more impressive!
Nick Barnes followed Steve home in 11th position but importantly 1st U23 and maintained the Green jersey as series leader, Nick now has a 27 point lead going into round 4 in Ipswich! After a crash early crash Michael Butler came home in 28th place.
Ruby Miller finished in 12th place in the elite women’s race, having a solid ride throughout the race in worsening conditions. Crispin Doyle finished 11th in the V40, Steve Davies was ill and unable to race in Durham. We hope he is better soon and back displaying those rainbow bands at Ipswich! In the Wessex league Pete Hargroves finished in 28th place on another muddy but flat course.
Koppenberg Cross, one of Belgium’s classic races that is always held on the 1st of November. It takes in one of Belgiums famous cobbled climbs and the spectacular decent in the field next to it. This is a race that Ian has always enjoyed and lead for the 2 laps a couple of years ago. Yet again Ian pulled off another spectacular ride getting into the top 15 early on and staying there until the finish coming home in 14th place.
Harry Yates rode in the Junior race and finished an amazing 23rd place having been gridded in 64th place, Harry has shown real maturity this year having moved up to the junior age category. He’s is now really looking forward to the rest of the season and the mud coming which suits his style!.
Ian and Harry race in the Lazer Z1 helmet.
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Rebecca races in Boulder Colorado, the home-base of the Amy D Foundation team.
The defining part was on a steep hillside with steep climbs, off-cambers, and punchy descents. There was some sand, but the biggest element of the course, if you ask me, was the hard, loose surface. Many of the turns had traction like turning on ball-bearings, especially if you lost the line, and the the hard ground with awkward desert grass tufts made it difficult for me to hold a line at speed because I kept bouncing around. Some suggested files for the course, but I(and maybe the whole Raleigh Clement crew?) rode Clement MXPs to ensure we had traction on those loose, steep climbs. I was able to ride everything quite smoothly in pre-ride, and felt confident that I could race it. Okay that is not entirely true I imagined myself sliding out essentially every lap.
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Ian Field racing Round 2 of the UCI World Cup in Valkenberg!
After the disappointment of Las Vegas Ian was looking to improve on a course that he has always ridden well on. Being muddy the course was a different beast to previous years, Ian came home in 27th place having got caught up in a lot of bottlenecks and spent the whole race chasing.
Lazer is proud to support British Cyclocross National Champion Ian Field!
Lazer's own Jon Cannings reports on his reacquaintance with Lazer products!
Back in June this year I started working for Lazer. This prompted an obvious change in helmet choice from what I was wearing before.
I'd ridden Lazer helmets before at various times during my racing career but in the last few years I hadn't. This was due to team sponsorship. After a couple of years riding in the same product virtually everyday you get very used to it and anything else seems alien.
So, the first ride with Head Helmeteer, Sean, and I was handed a Lazer Z1 to put on as well as some Lazer SS1 Eyewear. We headed out of Antwerp and were soon into the country lanes. A thought occurred to me, I hadn't noticed the change. The change? Yes, I was blissfully unaware of the new head and eye protection I was wearing.
The Rollsys retention system gave me as close to a "custom fit" that I could ask for in a helmet. The fact is, I didn't even notice I had it on. And that was with only a 30second strap length adjustment, I hadn't even touched the adjustable basket yet, and I still haven't. Months later and the fit is still perfect, just a touch of the Rollsys and I am good to go.
Next up is the eyewear. The SS1 model didn't disappoint. Fitted with a photochromic lens meant that even when the light began to fade on this long summer evening, I was still able to have perfect clarity of the road ahead. A great feature I noticed of these glasses is the height of brow. It sits a few mm higher than other models I've used. What does this mean? It means that when I was on the drops of the handlebars, into the standard headwind of Flanders, I can see perfectly clear without any of the SS1 frame in my eyeline.
With other glasses I've always had to lift my head upwards, giving extra strain on my neck. This extra strain is eliminated with the glasses from Lazer.
Of course, rides don't always go so perfectly…
Lazer is supporting Eric Thompson for the 2015-6 Cyclocross season. He recently attended the KMC CX Festival in Providence Rhode Island.
Lazer is proud to support the Amy D Foundation Cyclocross Racing Team and their 2015-6 rider Rebecca Fahringer!
Rebecca uses the Lazer Z1 helmet.
All photos by Nick Czerula.