Jody Crawforth pipped Paul Oldham to victory in round two of the Rapha Super Cross series but it was Oldham’s Hope Technology team that once again claimed the team prize.
The two pre-race favourites were inseparable throughout the race but Hargroves Cycles rider Crawforth outsprinted national champion Oldham on the line to seal the win in Huddersfield.
Crawforth’s team-mate Steve James won the under-23 prize with third spot, giving Hargroves a good start in the team competition, but with a third-counting rider failing to appear high in the results, it was the consistency of Hope that won out.
Nick Craig, meanwhile, again played his team captain’s role, sticking with Scott UK’s Luke Grivell-Mellor to put the youngster into lead in the under-23 competition.
Hope now lead the team competition on 20 points after two rounds, with Scott UK on 18, and Rapha/GB, Wiggle and Hargroves locked on 14.
Nearly 350 riders, from four-year-olds to professionals, took part in the day of racing, with guest of honour and Tour de France pioneer Brian Robinson presenting prizes.
The final round takes place at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday October 23.
Round two – individual
1. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves-Specialized-Trant-Next)
2. Paul Oldham (Hope Technology)
3. Steve James (Hargroves-Specialized-Trant-Next)
4. Lee Williams (Wiggle)
5. Stephen Adams (Sigma Sport-Specialized)
6. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Scott UK)
7. Nick Craig (Scott UK)
8. Paul Collins (Hope Technology)
9. Seb Batchelor (Wiggle)
10. Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK)
Round two – team
2. Scott UK
6. Sigma Sport
Round two – under-23
1. Steve James (Hargroves)
Overall – team
1. Hope 20pts
2. Scott UK 18pts
3. Rapha/GB 14pts
4. Wiggle 14pts
5. Hargroves 14pts
6. Sigma Sport 10pts
7. Charge 8pts
Overall – under-23
1. Luke Grivell Mellor (Scott UK)
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