Field wins Southampton National Trophy round
After riding the World Cup race in Belgium on Saturday, Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) hopped over the channel to secure victory in the fourth round of the National Trophy at Southampton Sports Centre on Sunday.
Field crossed the line just nine seconds ahead of team-mate and National Trophy Series leader Jody Crawforth, while former leader and defending champion Paul Oldham was beaten for a second race.
The Hope Factory Racing man was just another three seconds back and completed a rare all British podium, with several of the usual continental riders choosing not to ride this round following World Cup duty just 24 hours previously.
Having recovered from a bout of headaches and dizziness thanks to his chiropractor, Field looked comfortable as he rode round a fast course at Southampton, made even faster than usual by the frozen solid but snow-free ground.
Part of a four-rider early leading group, Field battled on alone after about 25 minutes of racing and established a gap which he held with some ease to the line.
After missing the first three rounds Field is out of contention for the overall - but his Hargroves team-mate Jody Crawforth is very much in the running for the series and extended his lead from just one point to five points with second spot on the day.
Meanwhile, Darren Atkins (Coventry Road Club) secured his third victory in four races in the over-40s event.
Former national champion Chris Young won round three a couple of weeks ago, but Atkins got the better of him again with victory by 30 seconds at Southampton, while another Coventry RC rider, Phil Roach, was another three seconds off the pace in third spot.
Hannah Barnes (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta) was fastest of the women, holding off Hannah Payton (Stourbridge) by 34 seconds, while Corrine Hall (Team Corridori) was only another five seconds back in third.
Meanwhile, Halifax-based Pedalsport rider Jack Clarkson - who has been riding cross less than a year - won the junior race by 41 seconds from Hargroves' Alistair Slater.
See this week's Cycling Weekly magazine for more on the National Trophy.
National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series (Round Four, Southampton)
1 Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) 58-32
2 Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles) at 9sec
3 Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) at 12sec
4 Steven De Deker (Belgium) at 1-02
5 Floris De Tier (Belgium) at 1-07
6 Nick Craig (Scott UK) at 1-15
Women.- Hannah Barnes (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta). Over-40s.- Darren Atkins (Coventry RC). Over-50s.- Steve Davies (Endura). Juniors.- Jack Clarkson (Pedalsport). Youth.- Harry Franklin (Hargroves Cycles). Youth Girls.- Alice Barnes (Palmer Park Velo). Under-14s.- Tomas Franklin (Hargroves Cycles). Under-14 girls.- Charlotte Broughton (Leicester RC)