Paul Oldham yesterday continued his dominance of the 2012 Rapha Super Cross Series, winning the second of the three rounds at Misterton Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, with his Hope Factory Racing outfit also sealing the team victory on the day.
Oldham and Hope had also taken the honours at the opening round at Broughton Hall in North Yorkshire last week, meaning that both went into today’s Series finale at London’s Alexandra Palace in a commanding position to repeat last year’s Series victories.
Jut as they had done last week, it was Hargroves Cycles-Specialized that presented the main challenge, with Steve James finishing second and Jody Crawforth third – the latter had been looking good to take the win, tracking Oldham with two laps to go, but a mechanical scuppered his chances.
With the positions of the top three rider counting towards the team prize, Hope edged Hargroves out to take a two point lead to London today.
The women’s race was won by Delia Beddis of Vicious Velo, runner-up at Broughton Hall last week, while the fun race featured the ever popular tequila shortcut and the wall of foam that has been added for this year, against the backdrop of cowbells, beer and frites that has become the Rapha Super Cross Series’ trademark.
You can see more of Wig Worland's pictures of yesterday's racing here.
Rapha Super Cross Series 2012 – Round 2, Misterton
1. Hope Factory Racing
2. Hargroves Cycles-Specialized
3. ROTWILD-Forme Coaching
4. Cycle Premier-Kovert
5. Rapha-GB Development Squad
6. Dirtwheels Cycles
7. Endura Racing
8. Charge Bikes
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing)
2. Steve James (Hargroves Cycles-Specialized)
3. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles-Specialized)
OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Hope Factory Racing 20pts
2. Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 18pts
3. Rapha-GB Development 14pts
4. ROTWILD-Forme Coaching 13pts
5. Cycle Premier-Kovert 13pts
6. Endura Racing 11pts
7. Dirtwheels Cycles 9pts
8. Charge Bikes 6pts
1 Delia Beddis (Vicious Velo)
2 Keira McVitty (Buzzcycles.co.uk)
3 Sian Botteley (Bourne Wheelers)
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.