Paul Oldham leads Hope Factory Racing to third Rapha Super Cross victory

Former national champion completes clean sweep of 2013 victories at Ally Pally

Hope Factory Racing made it three consecutive Rapha Super Cross series wins as Paul Oldham and Annie Simpson powered to victory at Alexandra Palace, London.

Simpson and team captain Oldham, a former national champion, had already secured victories in the opening two rounds last weekend in Skipton and Manchester.

Paul Oldham, pictured winning at Broughton Hall, Skipton, led Hope Factory Racing to their third successive Rapha Super Cross title (pic: Jonathan Hines, [email protected])

And the elite race stayed true to the form on the testing slopes of the Ally Pally, as Oldham burst away from another ex-national champion, Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles), to solo to victory.

Simpson meanwhile led from the off, and while their team mates were almost undone by the challenging terrain and blustery conditions, they held on to top spot by a solitary point.

A young Rapha-GB side, led by Ben Sumner, stormed to the team prize on the day, while Crawforth’s Hargroves Cycles team took second overall.

A classy ride by Raleigh’s young team – including Nick Barnes, recently signed up through the team’s grassroots scheme – earned them the ‘Rouleur Team of the Day’ award.

Alongside the elite racing, more than 500 riders turned up to take part in the various categories of racing, including the now-famous fun ride.

Boosted by spectators with the traditional, albeit hugely oversized, cowbells the riders battled through the spiral of doom, wall of foam and tequila shortcut once again as the series drew to a close at the iconic venue.

Rapha Super Cross 2013 – final standings

1 Hope Factory Racing 28pts
2 Hargroves Cycles 27
3 Rapha-GB 21
4 Rouleur 20
5 Raleigh 19
6 Felt 15
7 MG-Maxifuel 13
8 Yorkshire 12
9 Charge 7

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