Hargroves Cycles rider Ian Field retained his Elite National Cyclo-Cross title in January 2013 by starting fast and leading the race from start to finish, keeping enough in the tank to hold off the late surge from behind. That performance in Bradford led to selection for the GB team for the 2013 World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in February, where he finished 29th overall.
He built on these performances in the 2013/14 season, as he began to finish regularly in the top 20 of the world’s toughest cyclo-cross races. He finished 19th at Valkenburg in the Netherlands, 18th at Tabor in the Czech Republic and then 13th in the Koppenbergcross after leading for the first two laps and then getting a puncture with two laps to go. He also finished 14th in the sand of the Zonhoven Superprestige.
Ian was born on 18th June 1986 in Ashford, Kent. He started riding on a mountain bike, and got into cyclo-cross through a friend at school who needed people for the British schools championships. He soon progressed from Saturday morning local leagues to national and international events and in 2004 he finished third at the Youth Commonwealth Games.
His dedication to the sport and his high level of professionalism – he now travels around Europe in a hired campervan with a full-time bike mechanic – is beginning to pay off, and he looks set to crack the world’s top ten very soon. He has already reached 16th in the World Cup rankings.