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Will it be Alfred The Great in Bradford on Sunday?
Alfie Moses on his way to winning the North of England Cyclo-Cross Championship last Sunday. Picture: Claire Crabtree (Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association)
Keighley’s Alfie Moses may be on home soil in Bradford on Sunday but he has arguably the most difficult task.
The Oakworth teenager is trying to put the first blemish on the National Trophy cyclo-cross record this season of series leader Dan Tulett.
The Hargroves Cycles rider is aiming to make it five wins out of five in the boys’ under-16 race.
Tulett, who has taken the step up from under-14 competition in his stride, has already won at Abergavenny Leisure Centre, Southampton Sports Centre, Durham University Cricket Club and Milton Keynes Bowl.
These successes have given him a perfect 200 points with two rounds to go, and Tulett has also shown his prowess abroad by winning a World Cup race at Koksijde in the sport’s heartland of Belgium.
Joshua Waters (Sherwood Pines Cycles-Sram Race Team) is second on 160 points and Moses third on 158, but the Paul Milnes Cycles-Bradford Olympic RC rider won’t be lacking in confidence as he has just been crowned North of England champion.
Victory at York Sports Village last Sunday continued a family success story as his brothers Tom and Joe have already taken national titles.
Last weekend was the biggest triumph of 15-year-old Alfie’s fledgling career, and it was a dominant display.
He had to battle to get to the front of the field at the start but once he was there he never relinquished the lead.
He said: “I put the power down once I got on the grass and managed to open up a five-metre gap and increased that as the race went on.
“This is the biggest event I have won.”
Alfie already has the under-16 Yorkshire Points Series crown in the bag, having won six of the seven races he has competed in this season.
Now he is relishing Sunday’s challenge, saying: “This race means a lot to me as it is my local one and my team, Paul Milnes Bradford Olympic, is also based locally.
“I’m confident as I get great support from them. I raced there last year in the national championships as a first year under-16 and came seventh.”
Alfie, whose younger brother Sam finished 13th in the under-14s in what was his first race last weekend, does not have to look far for inspiration.
He said: “Tom won the national championships in Bradford.
“It’s great going out training with him and Joe and I get lots of tips from them.”
They rode together for a while, but Peace suffered a mechanical fault when the battery fell out of his gear changer and he had to head to the pits, which cost him valuable time.
Paul Oldham won the main event, with Bingley’s Rob Jebb in second.
Peace, Taylor, Jebb and Moses apart, others to look out for on Sunday on a course which is a true test of a rider’s all-round skills are East Bradford Cycling Club’s Euan Cameron in the under-14 boys, Keighley’s Chris Young in the veterans’ 40-49 years and Wilsden’s Annabel Simpson, Otley’s Delia Beddis and Hartshead’s Abby-Mae Parkinson in the women’s race.
One notable absentee though is former World Championship runner-up Jonathan Page.
The United States champion has pulled out due to “family problems.”
Another absentee is Birkenshaw’s Billy Harding, who rides for mountain-bike team Orange Monkey and won the junior men’s national title at Peel Park last year.
However, British champion Ian Field, who is also based in Belgium, is a definite men’s starter.
Race programme – 10.30am Veteran 40-49 years; 10.31am Veteran 50-plus years; 11.30am Junior men; 11.31am Women; 1.30pm Under-16 boys and girls, under-14 boys and girls; 2.30pm Under-23 men and senior men.
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