Strong field heads to Netherlands for rainbow jersey mudfest


British Cycling has today named the riders who will represent Great Britain at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands February 1-2.

Current elite national champions Ian Field and Helen Wyman will lead the team of 14 British riders which also includes recently crowned junior national champion Thomas Craig.

Team manager Phil Dixon said: “We’re heading out to Hoogerheide with a squad of riders the majority of whom have raced cyclo-cross internationally this season. In the younger categories, this is something we have introduced this year for the Great Britain Cyclo-Cross Development Programme, and it will be interesting to see how this sets them up at the Worlds.

“We have some real experience in the riders selected for the elite races, and the elite women remain at the top of the world ranking for the second year running. In particular Helen Wyman is coming into form after her early season win in the European season.

“Overall, I believe we have some exciting prospects for this year’s World Championships and the team are looking forward to racing at the event.”

Team roster

Elite Men
Ian Field
Dave Fletcher

Elite women
Gabriella Durrin
Nikki Harris
Hannah Payton
Helen Wyman

U23 Men
Jack Clarkson
Steven James
Adam Martin
Ben Sumner

Junior Men
Thomas Craig
Sean Dunlea
Dylan Keerfoot-Robson
Jack Ravenscroft

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.