All photos including feature courtesy of Toby Watson
Slippery slopes and very fast grass sections saw a great battle between the 3 favourites in the Junior section, with Ben Tulett (GB) taking on the 2 Belgians Witse Meeussen and Ryan Cortjens and checkmated both of them in a style Sven Nys would be proud of, his son Thibau came in 4th after a mechanical halfway race and would have been a contender too for a podium place. Our Adam Mc Garr was 61st out of 71 entries but still in the same lap as the winner Tulett what is a positive sign. Our other junior Sean Nolan had to abandon the race halfway after problems with his wrist after been taken out by another rider. His dad John told the story>> Bad luck for Sean today, riding in approx 50th place he was taken out by another rider while jumping the barriers landing heavily on his shoulder & wrist. Rode 1 handed for 2 laps before being pulled out (what a determend guy!) In A& E now to see how bad it is << and hopefully Sean is ok and not too disappointed as he has many years of racing to come, just bad luck today.
The U23 elite men race was a beauty to, the Belgians had their hopes on Eli Iserbyt but Thomas Pidcock (GB) put in a blistering attack after changing bikes to take over the lead from the defending champ Eli. He would not look back and won the race he dominated from the half way point! The French Antoine Benoist took the last place on the podium. Seems like the Belgians have meet their match in the Junior and Espoir sections and this bode for the future CX, becoming a not only Belgian supremacy. Our David Conroy ended in the same lap of the winner in 41st place of the 63 recorded finishers, he can keep his head high as this is not his kind of circuit with very little mud and very fast grass section, but knowing David he done his best, this I am certain off ..well done to all involved and I bet some golden nectar or some of the black stuff will be flowing tonight in the Danish bars around Bogense for all our travelling supporters!! Tomorrow our girls in green having a go in the Elite U/23 Women’s race (both still juniors) and believe our Lara Gillespie and Lucy O’Donnell have the ability to do well at big occasions..good luck to them both and fingers crossed. In the Women’s Elite race Belgian Sanne Cant made sure there is at least one gold for the Blue army today, holding off four Dutch racers to win her third UCI Cyclocross World Champs in a row. Sanne held on to fast starting Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst, and held off the hard chasing duo Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand.