Old­ham eyes Three Peaks record

Cycling Weekly - - CYCLO-CROSS -

Forty-one-year-old Paul Old­ham has ten­ta­tively set his sights on over­tak­ing Rob Jebb’s 11 vic­to­ries at the leg­endary Three Peaks cy­clo-cross race.

Old­ham beat Jebb into sec­ond place at this year’s race with the 11-time champ fin­ish­ing 1-45 be­hind. Giles Drake (Wheel­base) was just five sec­onds fur­ther back in third.

Old­ham, who has won the race four times, said: “I was chat­ting to Rob af­ter­wards and worked out that I would be about 50 by the time I over­take him and he just said, ‘You won’t,’ but we’ll see about that!

“I wasn’t con­fi­dent go­ing into the race be­cause I’ve been feel­ing run down re­cently and wasn’t sure how my form was, but I’m ob­vi­ously do­ing OK and look­ing for­ward to the Na­tional Tro­phy next week­end now.”

Tak­ing in the peaks of In­gle­bor­ough, Wh­ern­side and Pen-y-ghent, the 61km race tack­les over 5,000 feet of climb­ing and con­tains eight kilo­me­tres of un­ride­able ter­rain.

The men’s race took its now fa­mil­iar form, with Jebb lead­ing out and gain­ing more than a minute over his ri­vals on the run up In­gle­bor­ough be­fore Old­ham came fly­ing back.

In the women’s race Christina Wei­jak (Bar­row Cen­tral Wheel­ers) made it two wins in a row, cross­ing the line in 3:45.19 to fin­ish over 10 min­utes clear of the next best woman, Rachael Walker (Hope Fac­tory Rac­ing).

Old­ham: yet to reach his peak

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