Just one point separated the top two teams ahead of the final round of the Rapha Super Cross at Alexandra Palace but Hope Technology clung on for overall victory from final round winners Scott UK.
In the third and final sun-soaked day of action, following last weekend’s Windermere and Huddersfield races, Hope team captain and national champion Paul Oldham led by example, crossing the line first ahead of Hargroves’ Jody Crawforth, with Lee Williams (Wiggle) in third spot.
The tightly packed Scott UK trio of Nick Craig, Kenta Gallagher and Luke Grivell-Mellor tackled the gruelling ascent to Alexandra Palace with style to land the day’s team award, but it was not enough to topple the Hope squad of Oldham, Dave Collins, Dan Booth, Lee Westwood and Keith Murray.
The day was not all about the elite racing, however, with a crowd of several thousand encouraging everybody from toddlers on balance bikes to novices on mountain bikes while enjoying beer, pies, frites, cowbells and coffee.
The course also featured a tequila shortcut for the brave-hearted, and a popular option in the novice event. “It’s better than most of the ‘cross races I’ve been to in Belgium this year,” said team boss Peter Hargroves.
The Rapha Super Cross Series will return in 2012.
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Technology)
2. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves)
3. Lee Williams (Wiggle)
4. Nick Craig (Scott UK)
5. Steve Adams (Sigma Sport)
6. Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK)
7. Dave Collins (Hope Technology)
8. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK)
9. Steve James (Hargroves)
10. Seb Batchelor (Wiggle)
Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK)
Rapha Super Cross – final overall
1. Hope Technology
2. Scott UK
Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK)
All images © Wig Worland