Craig wins vets national 'cross title

Vet's podium

Nick Craig has added to his collection of national titles by claiming victory in the veteran's race at the rescheduled National Cyclo-Cross Championships in Sutton Park, Birmingham today.

"I knew I couldn't take it to a sprint," said Craig. "I noticed he wasn't that quick on a few of the corners and I tried testing a few things out halfway through. I knew if I could attack into the copse and come out with a gap then I would have it."

Behind the front two, Chris Young (JD Cycles Ilkley) crossed the line in third place to win the over-45s title. Meanwhile in the over-50s event, Ian Wright (Raleigh Avanti RT) successfully defended the championship he won last year.

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Wright on the night: thumbs up from over-50's winner Ian Wright

Reversing the result of the final National Trophy round at Rutland Water, the 40-year-old Scott UK rider took the win ahead of Darren Atkins (Coventry RC). He made his winning move with half a lap to go as the pair approached a woodland section.

The youth riders also settled their national championships today. Hugo Robinson (Ipswich BC) and Lucy Garner (Leicestershire RC) were the best of the under-16s while Billy Harding (Paul Milnes RT) and Kimberly English (Palmer Park Velo) took the under-14s titles.

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