Last-lap crash costs Charlotte Broughton chance on fourth win in National Trophy cyclo-cross series

Posted: December 4, 2013 by kirisyko in Bike, Cyclocross
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Countesthorpe rider Charlotte Broughton

Countesthorpe rider Charlotte Broughton

A last-lap crash at Milton Keynes cost Charlotte Broughton the chance of a fourth consecutive victory in the National Trophy cyclo-cross series.

The Countesthorpe rider, who had won the first three races of the 2013 competition, was in the thick of the action from the start of the girls’ under-16 race, battling it out with RST’s Jessica Roberts and Connie Hurton from the Beacon Wheelers team.

However, a slip on the final circuit, which featured some testing climbs and technically demanding descents, allowed Roberts to go clear and end the MG Décor all-rounder’s perfect start in the season-long competition.

Broughton did recover to claim second place ahead of Hurton.

The riders now head for round five at Bradford’s Peel Park, where the going is generally heavy, and the Talent Team rider still has a convincing lead of 24 points over Roberts, who has been her strongest challenger throughout the winter season to date.

Rich Edge claimed third place for Leicester‘s Naked Bikes team in the latest round of the Notts & Derby League in Derby.

The muddy conditions made life difficult for all the riders but Edge stuck to his task to finish on the podium. “I was really pleased with the result,” said Edge. “I’ve been doing a lot of work on my mud skills, and it’s paid off.

“Aside from a single fall, I managed to stay on the bike for the entire race. I enjoyed the fact there was a decent amount of running required, too.

“That’s something else I’ve been working on but not needed until this point in the season.”

Round 11 of the league, at Chesterfield this Sunday, incorporates the Midland championships.

Grace Garner took a break from her winter training regime to post a win at Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the latest of the popular Revolution series.

Competing in the Future Stars section of the event, the Cosby girl showed her speed on the boards as she won the points race.

The 16-year-old RST racer has opted not to compete in cyclo-cross events for the first time this season and is concentrating largely on training for next year’s road campaign, when she will step up into the junior ranks.

Garner has remained north of the border this week for an Olympic Development Programme training camp. She is back on the track in Manchester on Saturday in the Spadger six-day event.

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