This Sunday, North London’s Alexandra Palace plays host to the third and final round of the inaugural Rapha Super Cross Series, and with just two points separating first and second and a further three teams just four more points behind, there’s a lot of racing still to go before the season’s winning team is crowned.
Hope Technology, whose team includes GB national champion Paul Oldham, have a two point lead over Scott after winning the first two rounds at Windermere and Huddersfield, putting them on 20 points. Wiggle, Hargroves, and the Rapha/GB Development team all share third place, with 14 points apiece.
Nick Craig’s Scott team are ready to give Hope a run for their money – the winning outfit gets £2,000 – on Sunday, and with lighter riders may have an advantage on seven ascents up to the fot of the iconic BBC TV transmitter at the North London landmark.
"After a fantastic opening weekend the Scott boys are going to be in London in force,” said Craig. “We are a very young team – myself excluded! – but Luke [Grivell-Mellor] and Kenta [Gallagher] rode with mature heads. It’s great to see the next generation coming through with opportunities to race at this level.”
Those two riders Craig mentioned are also involved in a very tight tussle for the Condor Cycles Under 23 title, which should add an extra edge to the competition.
As with the other two rounds, there is a full family-friendly supporting programme including a novices race, plus entertainment including DJ Festus in the beer tent, and catering including pies, Belgian beers, plus coffee from the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club.
Admission for spectators is free and Rapha expect a big crowd, so get there early, not least to get your hands on a Rouleur cowbell, ahead of racing starting at noon. Full details can be found on the Rapha Super Cross website.
TEAM – OVERALL AFTER TWO ROUNDS 1. Hope Technology 20pts 2. Scott UK 18pts 3. Rapha / GB Development 14pts 4. Wiggle 14pts 5. Hargoves / Specialized 14pts 6. Sigma Sport / Specialized 10pts 7. Charge 8pts CONDOR CYCLES UNDER 23 – OVERALL AFTER TWO ROUNDS 1. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK) 17pts 2. Steve James (Hargroves / Specialized) 16pts 3. Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK) 16pts 4. Joe Moses (Rapha / GB) 13pts 5. Rob Watson (Rapha / GB) 10pts
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.