British cyclo-cross round-up

After finishing first and second in last weekend’s National Trophy second round, Liam Killeen and Paul Oldham locked horns again in the Inter-Area Team Championships at Leicester on Sunday.

The result was the same, with Killeen beating Oldham, but the gap was similarly small with just a few inches between the two riders after a hard-fought race at Leicester Leys Leisure Centre.

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Killeen’s win led the way for the West Midlands A to take the overall win in the seniors category, while Oldham was the best of the North West riders who took second place, with Rob Jebb taking third to back up his team-mate.

That left the host region, East Midlands, to settle for third spot – and the result was mirrored in the women’s event.

West Midlands secured a 1-2-3 to dominate the podium, with Hannah Payton winning from team-mates Beth Crumpton and Isla Rowntree, while London A were second and Western A third.

Yorkshire dominated the veterans category, with their A team winning from their B team. Former national champion Chris Young was top Yorkshire rider, but he had to settle for second in the race behind West Midlands’ Darren Atkins, while Phil Roach took third for the West Midlands.

Finally, in the youth race London A won by just three points from Yorkshire A, whose rider Billy Harding was first across the line.

Elsewhere, Zepnat RT’s Matt Denby crossed the Pennines from his native Yorkshire to ride the eighth round of the North West League at St Helens.

And his journey proved worthwhile, the veteran rider taking victory from Giles Drake (Colnago), while junior Tom Armstrong (Wheelbase) was third.

Team Corley Cycles’ Greg Simcock secured victory in round seven of the Eastern League on Saturday, crossing the line 51 seconds ahead of rival Andrew Nichols (Cambridge Univ CC), while league stalwart Shaun Aldous (Extreme Sports Therapy) was third, another 30 seconds back.

Kenilworth Wheelers’ Steve Allen launched a last lap attack in the sixth round of the Central League at Milton Keynes on Saturday, dropping race-long breakaway companion Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles) to finish 29 seconds up, while the rest of the field were more than two minutes off the pace.

And Bycka Sport Racing’s Mark Cotton won the latest Lincolnshire League race staged at Hubbards Hill Farm near Lough.

The Lincoln-based rider was more than two minutes ahead of Gabby Day Racing rider Rick Lister, while Zepnat RT’s Leigh Andrews was third, another 45 seconds back.