Rapha Super Cross Series Round 3 - Ally Pally hosts exciting final

An exciting if chilly final round of the cyclo-cross series sees Hope Factory Racing take the spoils

by David Arthur @davearthur   October 30, 2012  

On Sunday Alexandra Palace in North London hosted a chilly final round of the Rapha Super Cross series. In a battle that went to the line Hope Factory Racing took the spoils.

With an estimated 10,000 spectators (it certainly felt like a lot - though I'm not sure it was that many), the air was abuzz with the sound of cowbells and the smell of frites, and Belgian beers hung heavy in the air, bringing a slice of the Belgian 'cross atmosphere to UK soil, making an exciting culmination for what has been a well received event.

Hope went into the final round with a healthy two-point lead, but Hargroves-Specialized and ROTWILD-Forme Coaching rode inspired races on the slippery and hilly terrain to push the series leaders down to third on the day.

Only count back separated the top two squads, with Hope’s wins in the two previous rounds at Broughton and Misterton giving them the edge.

The rapidly improving ROTWILD-Forme Coaching squad sealed third in the team standings, led home by under-23 winner Ben Sumner.

Delia Beddis repeated her previous day’s victory in Misterton after a storming last lap to catch Leona Kadir in the women’s race.

Once the serious competition was out of the way, entrants in the Fun category were subjected to the compulsory wall of foam and the optional tequila shortcut - where you could cut out a section of the course in return for drinking a shot - both proving popular with the cowbell-toting throng.

Rapha Super Cross Elite Results – Alexandra Palace
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing)
2. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves-Specialized)
3. Ben Sumner (ROTWILD-Forme Coaching)

First under-23: Ben Sumner (ROTWILD-Forme Coaching)
Team of the Day Award: Cycle Premier-Kovert

Rapha Super Cross Series Final Standings
1. Hope Factory Racing
2. Hargroves-Specialized
3. ROTWILD-Forme Coaching
4. Rapha-GB Development
5. Cycle Premier-Kovert
6. Endura Racing
7. Dirtwheels Cycles
8. Charge Bikes

Under-23 series winner: Steve James Hargroves-Specialized

Photos: Wig Worland

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Great day out Big Grin but not sure there was 10,000 Confused up at the Pally. I'd have said no more than 1000 Plain Face

posted by berniemaupin [13 posts]
30th October 2012 - 18:31


+1 no way were there 10,000 people there Nerd

Really well organised event and good fun to spectate, with a tough looking course Devil

posted by Bigpikle [84 posts]
30th October 2012 - 19:49


Great course. Watching Paul Oldham ( The Hope on the Slope) rip up the course was something else. Highlight for me was watching 43 yr old ex national Champion Nick Graig eat up the seniors race. Impressive stuff indeed Big Grin .

Great days racing and spectacle. Hope Ally Pally allow us back next year once the grass has recovered Devil

posted by berniemaupin [13 posts]
30th October 2012 - 20:07


Great photo of Greg the mechanic from Mosquito Bikes.

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posted by onlyonediane [167 posts]
30th October 2012 - 20:13