Broughton shows she’s a muddy marvel in Wales

Posted: October 16, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Cyclocross
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Charlotte Broughton opened her National Trophy cyclo-cross campaign with a convincing win in the mud at Abergavenny.

The MG Decor rider from Countesthorpe eased clear of the under-16 girls’ field, riding smoothly and running strongly when she had to dismount from her bike.

top of the podium:  Winner Charlotte Broughton flanked by Jessica Roberts (left) and Madeleine Gammons (right)

Winner Charlotte Broughton flanked by Jessica Roberts (left) and Madeleine Gammons (right)

The 15-year-old had been struggling in the build-up to the race with a knee injury, but she proved her fitness 24 hours before travelling to Wales when she was the leading girl in the latest round of the Notts & Derby League at Alfreton.

Broughton’s off-road challenge this year has been helped by the fact that she is using hydraulic disk brakes, courtesy of Melton’s Cycle Craft.

Loughborough‘s Dave Collins put in a strong performance in the elite Trophy race.

The Hope Factory off-roader came home in fourth place as his team-mate, Paul Oldham, took victory in the heavy conditions.

Welland Valley’s James Garratt scored an excellent win in the junior race at round six of the West Midlands League staged at Wolverhampton.

Garratt’s victory was part of an outstanding double for the Welland Valley club.

Louis Killworth was also first in the youth event.

Naked Bikes’ Nick Towers fought off the effects of sleep deprivation to help his three-man team to second place in the Dusk til Dawn mountain bike event at Thetford Forest.

Towers joined forces with John and Stu Prentice from the Lumicycle squad to tackle the 12-hour event.

Victory went to the CCN team but Towers and his team-mates were clear in second at the end of the night, which proved a demanding affair.

“This isn’t my favoured type of race having trained specifically for endurance/marathon racing since August,” said Towers.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be plain-sailing by any stretch of the imagination.”

While his colleagues lapped a couple of minutes quicker, Towers held his own.

“It might have been a flat course, predominantly on tree-lined, twisting dry trails, but it was brutal with respect to effort required,” said Towers. “There were no descents to recover on, just hard pedalling. Working that hard certainly took it out of us, as all our lap times and heart-rates showed the tell-tale signs.

“Despite this, we kept racking up decent times and maintained second place.

“Given the chance, I’d withstand the sleep deprivation and race this event again.”

Next time out, Towers joined forces with Naked Bikes team-mate Andy Faulknall to take second place in the single-speed pairs event raced over eight hours at the Mercedes Vito Oktoberfest.

Faulknall gave the team a strong start, establishing the team in second behind Velo Bicicielo.

The difference between the teams stayed between two and four minutes, but the Naked Bikes riders could not get on terms with their rivals, who claimed a narrow victory.


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