Cross: Doyle calls the tune to land Floodlit title

Cross: Doyle calls the tune to land Floodlit title

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Location: Supermarine Rugby Club, Highworth, Swindon
Event: 5 October 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports

Second place in the final round was enough to secure the overall Banjo Cycles Winter Floodlit League title for Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized) and the prize of a training camp courtesy of Cycling Holidays Spain.

Victory on the night went to Lewis King (Beeline Bicycles RT), the national veterans cross-country mountain bike champion, who capitalised on a tactical battle between Doyle and his rival for the series win, Paul Lloyd (BC Private Member).

To take the overall prize, Lloyd knew he had to win the race with Doyle finishing outside the top four, and a fast start on the Highworth course - run in the reverse direction from previous rounds with the addition of drop-off into the dark in the wooded area - saw Peter Kench (Banjo Cycles) take the lead with King and the two title contenders on his wheel for the opening two laps.

By midway through the nine laps King had established a gap over Lloyd and Doyle, who were marking each other closely and, in turn, were ten seconds clear of Kench.

As King built on his advantage to establish a comfortable winning margin, Doyle knew he only needed to maintain his position to claim the title and was content to leave it to a sprint for second place where he duly got the better of Lloyd.

Crispin finished just six points clear of Lloyd in the final standings with Mike Simpson (GS Henley) in third place.


1 Lewis King (Beeline Bicycles RT)
2 Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized)
3 Paul Lloyd (BC Private Member)
4 Peter Kench (Banjo Cycles)
5 Tom Underhill (Hackney GT)
6 Aaron Preece (Team Striking Bikes)
7 Dan Smith (Banjo Cycles)
8 Chris Clark (Banjo Cycles)
9 Andy Webb (Kenilworth Wheelers)
10 Adam Buckland (Banjo Cycles)
Veteran: Lewis King
Woman: Helen Grossworth (Ride 24/7)
Final overall:
1 Crispin Doyle 237
2 Paul Lloyd 231
3 Mike Simpson (GS Henley) 218

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