Paul Oldham beat former winners Rob Jebb and Nick Craig for the second consecutive year to win the Three Peaks cyclo-cross race in North Yorkshire, while Vicious Velo’s Delia Beddis won the women’s race.
Oldham, 39, successfully defended his title after being the first rider other than Jebb or Craig to win the event for 16 years in 2015. The Hope Factory Racing rider completed the course – which was wet and hard-going after overnight rain – in 2:58.30.
In a repeat of last year’s podium places, fellow Hope Factory Racing rider and eleven-time Three Peaks winner Jebb finished second, 36 seconds down in 2:59:06, while Scott Racing’s Craig finished third with a time of 3:07:28.
It was Oldham’s first cyclo-cross race of the year after only just finishing a long cross-country mountain biking season. But his build up to the race was smoother this year after a bad crash hampered his preparations for the classic cyclo-cross event last year.
He described his tussle with Jebb this time as ‘a bit too close for comfort’.
“I caught him by the bottom of Whernside, then he ran away from me up there,” said Oldham.
“We got to the top of Whernside and I caught him going down, then he got away again, and I caught him halfway up Pen-Y-Ghent.
“We both ended up having a pretty hard day out, to be fair. It feels really good to successfully defend the title and it’s nice to get your name on the trophy twice.”
Women’s winner Delia Beddis also won the Three Peaks for the second time, adding to her 2013 title. The Vicious Velo rider finished 171th overall in a time of 4:06:25.
Second fastest woman was 2014 winner Verity Appleyard (Brotherton Cycles) who was just 23 seconds behind Beddis, while Sarah Barber of North Hampshire RC was third.
Three Peaks Cyclocross 2016
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) 2:58.30
2. Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) 2:59.06
3. Nick Craig (Scott Racing) 3:07.28
4. Gary Macdonald (Hope Factory Racing) 3:11.53
5. Adrian Lansley (Pedal on) 3:11.59
6. Ben Bardsley (Cyclewise Altura) 3:12.09
7. Alex Forrester (Zepnat RT) 3:12.31
8. Ian Taylor (C and N Cycles) 3:12.33
9. David Mirfield (Ride on Bike Shop) 3:12.35
10. Nic Smith (Moonglu) 3:13.13
1. Delia Beddis (Vicious Velo) 4:06.25
2. Verity Appleyard (Brotherton Cycles) 4:06.48
3. Sarah Barber (North Hampshire RC) 4:13.08