Scottish Forme Ambassador, Grant Ferguson, rode away from his rivals in Hetton Lyons to claim the 2018 British National Cyclo-Cross Championship title, his first National CX title.
Hetton Hawks CC set up and ran the 2018 HSBC British Cyclo-Cross Championships in Hetton Lyons Country Park, the most exciting and competitive race on the 2018 Cyclo-Cross race calendar. The world would be able to tune in and see a full Sunday of racing with all six races being live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube and the BBC.
Forme rider Grant Ferguson had a point to prove after winning the National MTB XC Championship earlier this year by beating close rival Ian Field who would be the race favourite for the National CX title. After a blistering start from Stephen James on the first lap, a leading trio emerged with Liam Killeen from Malverns Cycles, Ian Field from Hargroves Cycles and Grant Ferguson from CST American Eagle. Liam would slip as he entered the pits part way through the race leaving Grant and Ian to fight for the win. Grant’s MTB background would eventually shine as he rode away from Ian to create a gap of over 20 seconds in the final two laps. A great win for Grant and a brilliant end to his season.
Here's what Larry Hickmott had to say on velouk.net.
With a National Trophy event in Scotland next season, it was perhaps on the cards that there would be a Scottish winner in the Elite Men’s race as Grant Ferguson managed to gap Ian Field and go on to win his first senior title after three Under 23 championships. The national cross country mountain bike champion added the cyclo-cross title to his collection by attacking five-time champion Ian Field (Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) with two laps to go. Also in the mix at this point until a crash was Liam Killeen, many people’s favourite in pre-race chatter.
The Scottish rider, who had a brilliant Trophy ride at Bradford (2nd and first Brit), held on to his gap ahead of Field to win the stripes and afterwards was very pleased to win the championship and to be wearing the champion’s jersey next season – “It means a lot, I’ve been trying really hard for this so I’m really happy. I knew Ian and Liam would be the main competition so I was fully prepared”.
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