Welsh athletes shine at National Cyclo Cross

Welsh athletes shine at National Cyclo Cross


Report: Ian Jenkins

Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) demonstrated her talents at the National Cyclo Cross Championships at Bradford's Peel Park on Saturday, winning the National Under-14 girls title by a comfortable margin.

Roberts rode within herself for the first two laps, before going clear of her breakaway companion Lucy Horricks (Hope Racing) to win by an impressive margin of almost three minutes. Roberts' success follows her domination over the National Trophy series, where five wins saw her comfortably take the series honours.

Tomos Nesham (Cardiff JIF) upheld honours in the Under 14 boys event with a thrilling performance to claim the silver medal. Nesham, in only his seventh cyclo cross event, recovered from an average start to move into medal contention by the second lap. A race spent alternating positions with Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers) saw the Newport rider claim silver, 18 seconds behind winner Harry Yates (Lichfield CC).

Other notable mentions go to Adam King (Cardiff JIF) and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Rhos on Sea CC) in an ultra-competitive Junior Men's event. King claimed sixth at the Championship, complementing his recent third place series standing in the Trophy series.

King's consistent results saw him earn a place in the Great Britain team this season, with representation at the European Championships and Belgian World Cup being a highlight. The Cardiff athlete will also travel to Holland for the World Cup final.

Kerfoot-Robson has excelled in his first season as a Junior, sprinting into seventh place at the weekend's Championship behind compatriot King and demonstrating his potential for the future.

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