This weekend over the 7th and 8th of January will see the HSBC UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships return to Bradford’s Peel Park after a four-year absence. After a thrilling 2016 race season, the National Trophy Series wrapped up in December, with Hannah Payton and Ian Field taking out the Elite Women’s and Men’s titles respectively. Both riders are hungry for a National Championship CX Title, but the racing is set to be fierce, with many big-hitters saddling up for the weekend’s racing.
Race organisers promise a new-look course for Bradford, and one that will be filled with thrills and spills and, with showers forecast for the day before racing, most likely plenty of good Yorkshire mud to slide through!
Grit.cx will be reporting live from the weekend’s racing, so make sure you follow our Facebook page for live video updates.
Ones to watch
2016 champion: Liam Killeen
Liam Killeen (Malvern Cycle Sport) took his first British title in cyclo-cross in 2016 but Ian Field is the man in form this season and will be looking to add to his four national titles after his HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy win in December.
Mountain bike fans will be delighted to see Rio Olympian Grant ‘The Frog’ Ferguson (CST Brentjens MTB Racing) on his cyclo-cross bike in Bradford, after his gutsy performance on the tough Brazilian course.
2016 champion: Nikki Brammeier
Reigning champion, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team’s Nikki Brammeier returns to racing in Bradford after an unfortunate crash in the opening stages of the European championships. Nine-time title winner Helen Wyman will not be present in Bradford as she continues her recovery from a broken collarbone.
Brammeier will have tough competition in the form of HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy winner Hannah Payton who will be in the hunt for the title.
2016 champion: Iain Paton
Last year’s champion, Iain Paton, is out of action with a broken wrist so the top spot on the podium will be there for the taking.
100% ME riders Frazer Clacherty and Mark McGuire will almost certainly figure at the head of the race, while Billy Harding (Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles ERT) and Joshua Waters (Velo Schils – Interbike RT) have both impressed in the senior races at the Cyclo-Cross National Trophy and could prove to be contenders.
Under-23 women and junior women
2016 champion: Evie Richards
All eyes will be on under-23 world champion Evie Richards as she races in the rainbow stripes for the last time before heading to defend her title in Luxembourg in two weeks’ time.
Richards’ competition will come in the form of Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy rider Ella Connolly (100% ME) and the formidable James sisters Megan and Ffion (Abergavenny Road Club).
The stacked under-23 field also includes junior rider and regular podium finisher Emily Wadsworth, and Amira Mellor (Next Wyman) who has been riding regularly on the continent, gaining world-class racing experience.
2016 champion: Mark Donovan
After an exceptional season, it would be foolhardy to predict anyone but Tom Pidcock (Oldfield/ Paul Milnes Cycles ERT) pulling on the British champion’s jersey. European champion and world cup winner in Namur, Pidcock is certainly on a run of form.
However, the junior race is packed with talented riders, not least Ben Turner (HMT with JLT Condor) – himself seventh at the European championships – and last year’s winner Mark Donovan (Wheelbase Altura MGD).
Saturday 7 January
- Race 1: 9:30am – Veteran women
- Race 2: 11am – Veteran men 50+
- Race 3: 12.15pm – Youth under-16 and under-14 girls
- Race 4: 1.15pm – Youth under-16 and under-14 boys
- Race 5: 2.30pm – Veteran men
Sunday 8 January
- Race 1: 9.30am – Under-23 men
- Race 2: 10.45am – Under-23 women
- Race 3: 12 noon – Junior men
- Race 4: 1.15pm – Elite women
- Race 5: 2.30pm – Elite men
The British Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championships returns to Peel Park in Bradford in 2017. The venue hosted the championships in 2009 and 2013.
The course will be a typical Bradford parkland combination of drier semi-woodland/grassland on the high side of the finish straight, with muddy and steep riding on the lower areas of the park.
How to follow
- Follow Sunday’s racing live with race updates and images in our HSBC UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships live blog.
- Report, results, reaction, video and images on the British Cycling website.
- Follow @BritishCycling on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.