Thomas Mein (Tormans Cyclo Cross Team) and Harriet Harnden (Trek Factory Racing CX) won the 2022 British Cyclocross Championship titles, tackling a steep course which the female winner said created “real cyclocross” conditions.
Heavy and continuous rains the previous Saturday resulted in a long lap that could rival some of the best Belgium has to offer, with a steep descent into the quarry and a sandwich climb through the camber corners.
The races, at the South of England Showground near Crawley, were the first of their kind to take place since 2020 – the 2021 event having been called off amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This made Harnden the defending champion, having won her top flight debut in 2020; outgoing men’s champion Tom Pidcock has chosen to continue training with his team Ineos Granadiers in Mallorca ahead of the next cyclocross world championships.
Zoe Bäckstedt, who finished third in Gullegem’s elite women’s race last week and won three Junior World Cup rounds this season, was not at the start line of the women’s race, the 17-year-old. having tested positive for Covid-19 before the weekend.
Harnden, who also won the women’s Under-23 category, finished 15 seconds ahead of second-placed Annie Last (Scott Racing) with the third step of the podium for Anna Kay (Star Casino CX Team), 28 seconds back; the leading trio separated from the peloton by more than three minutes at the finish line.
Speaking after the race, Harnden said: “I loved the course. I think it was real cyclocross …
The men’s race quickly became a battle between Mein and Cameron Mason (Trinity Racing), with the duo overlapping closely from the start. However, a mistake by Trinity’s runner mid-race saw him crash, forcing him to come back to the current leader.
Mason managed to make up for time, but not enough, finishing second and four seconds behind the winner, but still winning the Under 23 title; Joseph Blackmore (Rotor Race Team) completes the podium.
“I just tried to conserve my effort all the time, riding within my limits and not trying to get there too early because I knew this course was going to sting towards the end,” Main commented after his ride. Victoire.
Regarding the course, he added: “It was difficult, it was a battle as much against the course as against the runner, it was brutal.”
Speaking to Twitter after the race, a disappointed Mason wrote: “I have a bitter feeling today. I was close but couldn’t compete with Thomas in the end, congratulations man.”
Results of the UK Elite Women’s Cyclocross National Championships
1 Harriet Harnden, Trek Factory Racing CX in 54 minutes 50 seconds (first under 23)
2 Annie Last, Scott Racing at 15s
3 Anna Kay, Star Casino CX team at 28
4 Christina Wiejak, Saint Piran at 3-45
5 Xan Crees, Team Spectra WIGGLE p / b Vitus at 4-17
6 Ceris Styler, Backstedt Bike Perf RC at 4-38
7 Aurigny Baker, Empella Cyclo-Cross Team at 5-10
8 Anna Flynn, RC Edinburgh at 5-45
9 Ruby James, Hope Factory Racing at 6-39
10 Abbie Manley, Montezuma Racing Team at 7:09:00
Results of the British National Elite Men’s Cyclocross Championships
1 Thomas Mein, Tormans Cyclo Cross Team in 57 minutes
2 Cameron Mason, TRINITY Road Racing at 4s (first under 23)
3 Joseph Blackmore, ROTOR Race Team at 45s
4 Toby Barnes, SCHAMEL P / B KLOSTER at 1-07
5 Corran Carrick-Anderson, T-Mo Racing at 3-00
6 Tom Couzens, the Montezuma racing team at 3-19 years old
7 Daniel Barnes, Spectra Wiggle p / b Vitus at 3-46
8 Ben Chilton, Spectra Wiggle p / b Vitus at 4-27
9 Joseph Beckingsale, the Montezuma racing team was 4-44
10 Jenson Young, Saint Piran at 5-21