There’s been a bit of a gap in the World Cup calendar since the first two rounds over in the States in September. Top end racing returns to Europe this coming weekend though, and British Cycling are sending a young team. Tom Pidcock has already had a weekend racing in Belgium with Sven Nys’ Telenet-Fidea Lions. Things have been going well for him, taking a 9th place in the Elite race in a Brico Polderscross round and 4th U23 in the Superprestige Zondhoven.
Here’s the full press release from British Cycling:
British Cycling has today announced the team of riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium on 22nd October.
Fresh from his junior time trial victory at the UCI Road World Championships last month, the reigning junior cyclo-cross world champion Tom Pidcock will be competing in the under-23 men’s category in Belgium, as will Ben Turner who won the bronze medal at the world championships.
Representing Great Britain in the under-23 women’s category is Anna Kay and Amira Mellor, who finished first and second respectively at the first round of the HSBC UK | Cyclo-cross National Trophy last weekend.
Junior riders Matt Ellis, Cameron Mason, Ben Tulett and Jenson Young will line up for Great Britain in the junior men’s race.
British Cycling’s cyclo-cross co-ordinator Matt Ellis said: “This is the first round of the world cup series in which we have entered a Great Britain Cycling Team and the riders are excited to start their international season in Belgium.
“The team is relatively young, with Tom, Ben and Anna all making the step up to the under-23 category this year, but there is a lot of potential within the squad and we should be able to deliver some good results. The course in Koksijde is physically challenging, particularly if it’s a dry day, due to the majority of it being on sand but it’s a popular event on the cyclo-cross calendar and attracts big crowds of support.
“This will be my first major event working for the Great Britain Cycling Team and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
British riders Nikki Brammeier, Beth Crumpton, Ian Field, Hannah Payton and Helen Wyman will also compete in the elite events for their respective trade teams.
Great Britain Cycling Team for Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Koksijde:
- Tom Pidcock
- Ben Turner
- Anna Kay
- Amira Mellor
- Matt Ellis
- Cameron Mason
- Ben Tulett
- Jenson Young