Paul Oldham wins final Rapha Super Cross round

Paul Oldham wins final Rapha Supercross round

National Trophy Series leader Paul Oldham took victory in the third and final race of the Rapha Super Cross Series, winning at Alexandra Palace in London to help Hope Factory Racing take the overall team honours in the popular three-race series.

The 36-year-old came home around 20 seconds clear of Hargroves Cycles rival Jody Crawforth, with Steve James third. But Hope had done just enough to take the win by one point from Hargroves, with Rapha GB third.

Hope were also celebrating another win in the women's race with Annie Simpson completing the hat-trick of Rapha Super Cross wins.

Elsewhere, Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes) notched up a second consecutive victory in the North West League on Saturday, winning by around 30 seconds in the East Liverpool Wheelers race at Otterspool Park.

Pedalsport's James Dalton took second, just overhauling Matt Lawton (Macclesfield Wheelers) on the final lap.

Also securing a second consecutive win was XRT-Elmy Cycles rider Ross Tricker, who won the eighth round of the Eastern League staged by Colchester Rovers at Furze Hill in Essex on Sunday.

He was a convincing winner, crossing the line 2-39 ahead of second-placed Tim Guy (Iceni Velo), while veteran Darren Barclay (Arctic SRAM) was third.

And in the Wessex League, Adrian Lansley (Pedal On) won round eight at Basingstoke by 14 seconds from previous Wessex winner Mike Cotty (Wheelbase-Cannondale), while just three seconds further back was veteran Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles).

Southfork Racing's Matt Loake bagged his first win of the season in the South West League, the 34-year-old taking victory after powering clear of a leading trio early in the race. Team UK Youth's Chris Opie took second spot, with Roy Wyle-Smith (3 Sixty Performance RT) third.

In the Yorkshire Points Series, talented 16-year-old Matlock CC rider Arthur Green secured his first senior win at Whitely Woods near Sheffield on Sunday.

The youngster crossed the line 19 seconds ahead of Langsett Cycles rider James Thompson at the end of a gruelling race which was laid out on a hill side. UK Youth rider Rob Partridge took third, 43 seconds down on Green.

Welsh MTB champ Lee Williams (Gateway Racing) won the Welsh League at Brecon on Sunday, the first time this season he has ridden a cross race.

Using the race as preparation for the second round of the National Trophy in Southampton next weekend, Williams held off veteran Tim Davies (CC Abergavenny) for the win.

And in Scotland, Colin May (VC Edinburgh) won the Loch Lomond Shores Cross in Ballach by around a minute from, Pedal Power rival James Fraser-Moodie.

And Team Corley's Nick Jones was victorious in the Central League race at the Milton Keynes Bowl, crossing the line just six seconds up on Lee Shunburne (Fossa Racing).

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