Tom Pidcock dominated the British Cyclocross National Championships at the weekend to secure not only the Under 23 title but also a maiden Elite jersey. In the women’s event, Nikki Brammier (Mudiiita) proved strongest for her fourth senior national title at the Kent Cyclopark this Sunday.
Pidcock, racing for his self-titled TP Racing, proved a class apart in the men’s race, taking the lead from lap two before eventually winning solo, a full minute ahead of runner-up Ben Turner (Corendon Circus).
Third fell to Thomas Mein (Tarteletto-Isorex) as Ian Field missed out on a podium spot for the first time since 2011.
Such was the pace of Pidcock throughout the hour of racing, only 12 riders managed to finish. Far ahead of his competitors, Pidcock crossed the line in the superman position before telling British Cycling he is now fully focused on taking the Under 23 world title.
‘The national championships are always one of the goals of my season, and it’s nice knowing I’ve got the elite jersey to wear in every race I do next season,’ said Pidcock.
‘The world championships (2nd-3rd February) and the two world cups over the next two weekends are the main goals now.’
The women’s event earlier in the day was a two-horse race between eventual winner Brammeier and Under 23 Anna Kay until the latter suffered a mechanical in the penultimate lap allowing Brammeier a clean run to the win. Kay did manage to hold on for second place and to secure the Under 23 title ahead of defending elite champion Helen Wyman.
‘I’m so happy – I really wanted this. Last year I lost out to Helen after a really good race, and today it was a really tough battle with Anna,’ Brammeier told British Cycling.
‘I was attacking as she got the mechanical, so it was rubbish for her, but she was so strong today – it’s good to see what the future looks like.’
Earlier in the day, World Champion Ben Tulett took an impressive victory in the junior men’s over junior Paris-Roubaix winner Lewis Askey while Harriet Harnden defended her junior women’s title.
On Saturday, a familiar name took the women’s Under 16 title as Zoe Backstedt, daughter of Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus, took the win.