British cyclo-cross round-up

Defending National Trophy Series champion Paul Oldham completed his preparations for the 2010 series with victory in the North West Cyclo-Cross League on Sunday.

Oldham, the Hope Factory Racing rider from Colne, beat Scott UK rival Nick Craig to the line at the end of a muddy event at Leverhulme Park in Bolton, with Richard Wilkinson (Pro Bike Kit) third.

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“It was a bit wet, but it went alright,” said Oldham afterwards. “I’m not really prepared for the National Trophy, as we’ve been busy at work and I’ve been doing up my house, but we’ll see how it goes.”

Elsewhere, Oldham’s team-mate at Hope Factory Racing, Dave Collins won the Notts and Derby League event at Allestree Park in Derby, crossing the line just two seconds ahead of Heanor Clarion’s Rob Parkin.

MTS Cyclesport’s Stuart Wearmouth made a successful trip to Prestonpans in Scotland on Sunday for the opening round of the Scottish League. He won from team-mate Steven Ward, while Hardie Bikes’ rider Craig Hardie took third.

The winner of the first two rounds, Arctic RT’s Matt Holmes had to settle for third spot in round three of the London League at Hog Hill, where rider Adrian Lansley took the win by a minute and a half from Hargroves Cycles’ Luke Gray.

RAF CA rider Dan Lewis won his club’s event at Cranwell, pushing out Lincolnshire Champion Mark Cotton (Bycka Sport Racing) by 1-26, with Rick Lister (Gabby Day Racing) another 23 seconds back in third.

Felt Racing’s Duncan Jamieson won the Western League event at Purdown, near Bristol on Sunday, after tussling with league leader Scott Chalmers (Dream Zero) for much of the 11 laps.

Junior Hugo Robinson (XRT-Elmy Cycles) continues to impress in the Eastern League, where he won a second consecutive round of the league to lead the early overall.

He was almost a minute ahead of Dulwich Paragon’s Andy Waterman at the Knights Templar Sports Centre in Baldock, Hertfordshire.

But cross racers in the South West were left disappointed after the postponement of the fourth round of the series at West Buckland School near Barnstaple in Devon.

Heavy rain caused the circuit to become waterlogged, and organisers have put the event back to November 21.