Victory in Ipswich on Sunday saw Beth Crumpton secure her first ever National Cyclocross Trophy.
Her closest challenger for the title was Ffion James who will join Storey Racing from February 1st, whilst 2nd on the day was Anna Kay who claimed 3rd overall and also joins Storey Racing from February 1st.
Dominating the series, where 5 of 6 results counted for the overall, Beth took victory in round 1 at Derby and again in round 2 at Abergavenny where she also beat Eva Lechner a regular on the World Cup podium.
Shrewsbury in round 3 was fraught with crashes and 6th place ended up being the result that didn’t count in the overall.
Round 4 in Gravesend and 5 at Bradford again saw podium spots but it was round 6 where a 3rd victory ensured her the overall title.
Having held the leaders jersey, which team sponsors Le Col had made in to a skinsuit, throughout the series Beth spoke of her delight, “I’m over the moon and relieved to bring home the jersey after wearing it all season. It’s been tough at times as it felt as though I was expected to win all the time because I got off to such a good start. I’ve had some bad luck, made a few mistakes and struggled with a knee injury after a crash at the Koksijde World Cup, so my form dipped a bit in November.”
“I’ve had amazing support from the team and attended our sports injury clinic at Holistic Life in Handforth to get sorted. After a block in Belgium either side of Christmas, my form is back and I’m looking forward to Nationals next week.”
Alongside the leaders skin suit, Boardman bikes arranged for a special “Leaders Bike” in yellow which made Beth stand out even more in the field.
Next week Nationals are in Hetton in Northumberland where Beth will take on World Cup podium successes in Nikki Barmier and Helen Wyman. The team will also have an eye on the under 23 race, where new signings from February 1st, Anna Kay and Ffion James will be taking on Namur World Cup winner Evie Richards in what promises to be a superb under 23 race. With Junior rider Harriet Harnden also in fine form it will be a great event in what is expected to be muddy and challenging conditions.
“I’m excited to get stuck in next week and see where my form takes me. I won bronze last year which set me up well for the rest of the year and know that I’m in better shape this year, but so is everyone else! It’s fantastic to see the standard and depth of women’s Cyclocross in the UK and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
Having worked with Beth since the start of the Cyclocross season in 2015, Barney Storey said, “It has been brilliant to see Beth’s progression over the last two and a half years. She’s very thorough with her preparation and quick to learn from mistakes. Her family support is outstanding and she is a credit to them.”
“I’m also excited to the action from the Nationals which will be live streamed.”