Ju­nior cham­pion takes se­nior vic­tory

Hat­tie Harn­den wins lat­est round of cy­clo-cross Na­tional Tro­phy in York, writes Snow­don Sports

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Off-road all-rounder Hat­tie Harn­den used her tech­ni­cal skill and power to take vic­tory in round four of the Na­tional Tro­phy Cy­clo-cross Se­ries in York on Sun­day.

The 17-year-old T-MO Rac­ing rider — the reign­ing na­tional ju­nior cross cham­pion and bronze medal win­ner at the World Ju­nior MTB Cham­pi­onships in Switzer­land in Sep­tem­ber — crossed the line seven sec­onds clear of Eileen Roe (Doo­ley’s Cy­cles) af­ter a race-long bat­tle.

Mean­while, women’s se­ries leader Beth Crump­ton (Storey Rac­ing) re­tained top spot with third place.

Harn­den, whose only pre­vi­ous se­nior Na­tional Tro­phy win came in round three at Shrews­bury last sea­son, took her time to reach the front of the race. But once there she and Roe were to­gether un­til the fi­nal lap.

“She def­i­nitely made me ride faster than if I was by my­self,” said Harn­den, from Malvern. “We pushed each other on, which made for a re­ally good race.”

Wet and muddy con­di­tions helped make the off-cam­ber sec­tion all the more test­ing, but for riders of Harn­den’s qual­ity it pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate gaps.

It was on the hard­est sec­tion of the test­ing cir­cuit where she made her move, and with Roe on her wheel the pair pow­ered on to­gether un­til the fi­nal lap when the T-MO Rac­ing rider made the win­ning move.

“Eileen was re­ally strong and it could’ve gone ei­ther way,” added Harn­den.

In the elite men’s race vic­tory went to Bel­gian Gianni Siebens (Young Cy­cling Tal­ent D&D) by just over a minute from se­ries reg­u­lar Yor­ben Van Tichelt (Neon Velo), whose team-mate and se­ries leader Ian Field was away rid­ing the World Cup event at Kok­si­jde.

Siebens and Van Tichelt dom­i­nated from the first lap, leav­ing the English riders to bat­tle for the mi­nor plac­ings. Siebens made his move to­wards the end of lap three, gap­ping Van Tichelt and go­ing on to build a lead of more than a minute.

Nick Craig (Scott Rac­ing) even­tu­ally took third place, a day af­ter also rac­ing to sec­ond in the over-40 vet­er­ans race.

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