Field full of con­fi­dence af­ter land­ing ti­tle tre­ble

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

Ian Field heads into two of his big­gest races of the sea­son in con­fi­dent mood af­ter cel­e­brat­ing his third suc­ces­sive Na­tional Cy­cloCross ti­tle.

The 27-year-old from Ash­ford heads to Nom­may in France on Sun­day for the sev­enth UCI World Cup event, be­fore mov­ing onto Hooger­heide on the Dutch/Bel­gium bor­ders for the 2014 World Cham­pi­onship the fol­low­ing weekend.

The forme r Nor ton Knatch­bull School pupil be­came the first rider to win three Bri­tish ti­tles in a row ear­lier this month, since Roger Ham­mond achieved the feat in 2003, on his way to five in a row.

Field’s ride to vic­tory at the Moor­ways Leisure Cen­tre, Derby, wasn’t with­out its prob­lems, though.

He said: “I suf­fered a bit of a blip mid-race in the val­ley part of the course which was muddy and slip­pery.

“I was 10-12 sec­onds up at the time but re­duced it to four or five. It was fairly com­fort­able in the end, though.”

Field’s near­est chal­lenger for much of the races was Na­tional Tro­phy cham­pion Paul Old­ham (Hope Fac­tory Rac­ing) but his chal­lenge faded af­ter his ma­chine got caught up in track­side tape, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing fourth,

‘Con­sis­tency has been im­por­tant and I am 10 places

up on last year’

be­hind run­ner- up David Fletcher and third placed Nick Craig.

The Har­court Cy­cles rider, who rides as a pro­fes­sional on the con­ti­nent and lives in Ou­de­naarde, Bel­gium, is pleased with the way his world cup sea­son has panned out so far this sea­son.

He lies 24th out of 80 over­all head­ing into Sun­day’s race and is the only male Bri­tish rider com­pet­ing at the top level of cy­clo-cross.

He said: “It’s gone well. I fin­ished 17th and 18th in the open­ing two races of the sea­son, my two best per­for­mances ever in what has been my best sea­son to date.

“Con­sis­tency has been im­por­tant and I am 10 places up on last year.

“I also led for two laps in the Kop­pen­berg, ( one of the big­gest in­di­vid­ual races on the Bel­gium cal­en­dar) be­fore fin­ish­ing 13th last Novem­ber.”

Field is eye­ing a top25 fin­ish at Hooger­heide, a course he has rid­den be­fore.

He said: “I have had mixed for­tunes there in two or three races there in the past where con­di­tions can vary. I raced there in deep mud one year and on ice in another.”

Ash­ford’s Ian Field keeps near­est ri­val Paul Old­ham in his wake on his way to

vic­tory at Derby

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