Nikki Harris and Liam Killeen were among the winners on day two of the British Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships, staged at a muddy Shrewsbury course which provided plenty of drama.
Killeen, the 33-year-old from Malvern who rides for Specialized Racing ,showed why he is former Commonwealth champion by distancing his rival for the title during the senior event.
After overnight rain the mud, which had plagued competitors during day one, became worse, challenging the best riders.“Field is a class cross rider and I was a bit apprehensive because of the amount of running,” said Killeen. “But it all worked out as on the bike I felt strong. I’m really pleased as it has been a long time coming. The race kind of naturally selected and I just rode to the finish once a gap opened up.”
Nikki Harris (Boels Dolmans CT) came from behind to snatch her second cyclo-cross crown in a dramatic finale to the elite women’s race.
“I’m so happy it was a close race but I got better every lap and it was one of those courses where I felt stronger throughout the race,” said Harris. “I had a mechanical and my chain came off so I went flat out through the wooded area to get it back. Luckily she had a problem here which allowed me to win.”