Cyclocross fever hit Australia this weekend with the first ever UCI C2 CX race in downtown Melbourne.
Rad course with the Fields Of Joy crew making the event a spectacular show.
Halkswood athletes put out some “Thump Power (TM)” supremacy taking home plenty of medals with each athlete riding to or above the goals for the event.
Saturday morning William Webb our JM17 rider got some action and has a silver medal in the trophy cabinet while Piper Albrecht just off the plane from a 16 week XCO stint in Austria held together for the bronze medal in JM19. Though day for the spider monkey (Xan Matthews) binning it on a couple of corners sending the derailleur into the wheel resulting in a long run to the pits. Want to put out a big thanks to Anikkan Williams and his dad for passing a spare bike to Xan while the bent hanger was repaired. Todd Cuthbert the Halkswood mentor rode to target and secured 2nd place in the MM2 race.
Our only female rider at the event Erin Mitchell (current Aus champion WU23) had a great race in elites with a race lap finish to reward her efforts.
Next up the elite men’s race with all the usual suspects and a few new ones!
Jasper Albrecht in final prep for XCO World Championships in Cairns next month used the event to practice race starts in a bunch and was able to earn some top 20 UCI bucks in the process. Not forgetting that Jasper qualified for CX worlds in 2017 then choosing to focus on representing Aus at XCO Worlds. A tough decision for a young man with the world in his grasp.
Our Halkswood China athlete Xiangran Luo bringing some international flavour to the event raced hard and fell victim to cramps in the calf from the brutal hill closing the days race for him.
Rain rain rain yes yes yes! What every true cyclocross rider prays for. Well at least the Halkswood Training Systems athletes do.
Knowing what is in stall for athletes in Europe we train for the wet weather. Skills come to the fore and today the medal tally peaked.
First off was Will Webb with a silver medal and a beaming smile.
Alexander (Xan) Matthews pulled out all stops and secured his first National gold medal by winning the JM19 event in style. Xan and team mate Piper Albrecht rode off the front together leaving all others sitting in the mud. A great effort for the lads running 1st and 2nd.
Xiangran starting more paced today finishes by riding through the field picking up some valuable race craft.
Todd Cuthbert backed up Saturday’s race with a third place and data showing some very consistent numbers.
Jasper cut some laps after starting from the back of the large field then moving up to 7th (goal complete) before reducing the gas and rolling to the finish.
Halkswood Training Systems wish to thank Sunbury Cycling Club and the EssenDon Fields of Joy crew for believing in a dream big enough to bring dreams to reality. Thanks to UCI cyclocross and most importantly thank you to the sponsors Airport Toyota for supporting a crazy bunch who race bikes on your hill.