Hope Technology were crowned champions of the inaugural Rapha Supercross Series after their leading rider, reigning national champion Paul Oldham, won the third and final race at a packed Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday.
Lancashire-based Oldham crossed the line nearly a minute ahead of his nearest rival Jody Crawforth, clearly intent on soloing to victory after being out-sprinted by Hargroves Cycles rider and last year’s National Trophy series champion Crawforth in the second round in Huddersfield.
Team Wiggle’s Lee Williams led out on lap one, but he was soon hauled back by Crawforth who opened up a lead of around ten seconds.
Oldham made a slow start, but was patiently working his way through the leading group and had caught the leaders by the fourth of eight laps.
He then soloed to victory by 55 seconds over Crawforth, while Williams held off Nick Craig (Scott UK) for third.
In was Oldham’s second win in two days after he won the Doncaster Wheelers Supercross at the town’s Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
He formed part of a classy field for the new event, which looks set to become a mainstay of the calendar after being so well supported.
Oldham took the win ahead of David Fletcher (Boardman Elite), while Dave Collins (Hope Factory Racing) was third, just ahead of leading Under-23 rider Jack Clarkson (Pedalsport CC).
Top junior in Doncaster was Joe Moses (Paul Milnes-Bradford Olympic RT) who then went on to take overall victory in round six of the Yorkshire Points Series event on Sunday.
He crossed the line around two minutes clear of his nearest rival, Team Cystic Fibrosis’s Dieter Droger, while Noel Clough (Wheelbase) was third after having been pipped to victory in the Doncaster event the previous day by Zepnat’s Jim Bryan.
Over in Essex, Arctic Premier RT rider Darren Barclay won the seventh round of the Eastern League at Davey Down Country Park at North Stifford on Sunday.
The 38-year-old held off Hayden Wood by 45 seconds to take the win, although he is not registered for league points which meant that Wood took a maximum 50 point haul – the first time he has done so this season with Andrew Nichols dominating thus far.
There was a close finish to the latest round of the Notts and Derby League on Saturday, with Ben Eedy (Empella Cyclo-Cross.com) winning a four-up sprint finish to the seventh round of the series staged by VC Nottingham at Bingham Leisure Centre.
Eedy held off Adam Biggs (Buzz Cycles), Gareth Whittall (Clay Cross RT) and Andrew Stuart (TFN Tri Club) by inches in the dash for the line.
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