Cross: Craig storms to North West win

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Location: Philips Park, Manchester
Event: 7 October 2012
Report: Phil Braybrooke/Snowdon Sports

Nick Craig (Scott UK) showed his class when he rode to victory in the third round of the North West League at Philips Park in Manchester on Sunday.

Veteran Craig, from Hayfield in Derbyshire, showed no ill-effects from riding the Three Peaks the previous weekend when he took the win in a race promoted by Velocity Race Team and using a location right next to the National Cycling Centre at Manchester Velodrome.

Craig soon gapped his younger rivals and soloed to victory, with Jack Humphreys (Wheelbase), a first year U23, fighting hard to hold on to second place with Peter Middleton (Zepnat) who finished third despite his best efforts.

It was in fact a day for the veterans and under-23 riders who took the first six places. The first woman was Rachel Walker and first junior Andrew Nixon.

Velocity's own Matt Walls won the U16 event in a close fought race with Tom Rees from Luxembourg.

The course was a mixture of rolling park land, with some difficult off camber sections and the finish being up a tough tarmac climb christened the 'Philipsberg'.

Big thanks to our sponsors PocPac and WD40 who's support made the race possible.


1 Nick Craig (Scott UK)
2 Jack Humphreys (Wheelbase)
3 Peter Middleton (Zepnat RT)
4 Paul Bethell (Team Elite)
5. Martin Woffindin (CS Pendle)
6. Adrian Lawrence (Team Bglobal)
7 Alex McNicol (VC Moulin)
8 Matt Lawton (Macclesfield Wheelers)
9 John Shaw (Van Dessel/Bearded Man)
10 Scott Wilson (Manchester Wheelers)

Veterans: Nick Craig. Under-23s: Jack Humphreys. Women: Rachel Walker. Juniors: Andrew Nixon. Youth: Matt Walls (Velocity).

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British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.