Fine autumn weather brought a big crowd out to North London’s Alexandra Palace yesterday for the final round in the inaugural Rapha Super Cross Series. Several thousand spectators were treated to the elite competition going right down to the wire, with Hope Technology emerging victorious from the three-race series by a single point from Scott UK.
Victory on the day went to Hope’s captain, and reigning Great Britain cyclo-cross champion, Paul Oldham, with Jody Crawforth of Hargroves second and Wiggle’s Lee Williams claiming third place. The team prize on the day went to Scott UK, but their efforts weren’t quite sufficient to knock Hope off the top step of the podium.
A full, family-friendly supporting programme included everything from toddlers pushing themselves around on balance bikes, to first-time crossers taking on the course on MTBs, with pies, Belgian beer and frites ad coffee providing the fuel, all to the background soundtrack of cowbells.
The series will return in 2012, and received a ringing endorsement from Peter Hargroves, whose team came third overall, and who said: “It’s better than most of the ‘cross races I’ve been to in Belgium this year.”
If you went along to watch, or better still took part in any of the events, let us know your thoughts on the day in the comments below.
Alexandra Palace Results – Elite
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Technology)
2. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves)
3. Lee Williams (Wiggle)
4. Nick Craig (Scott UK)
5. Steve Adams (Sigma Sport)
6. Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK)
7. Dave Collins (Hope Technology)
8. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK)
9. Steve James (Hargroves)
10. Seb Batchelor (Wiggle)
Under 23 – Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK)
Rapha Super Cross Series – Final Overall
1. Hope Technology
2. Scott UK
3. Hargroves- Specialized-Trant-Next
Under 23 – Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK)
All competitor results are posted here.
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.