What Mountain Bike Dirt Crits: Crawforth tops podium

Fast-paced racing at BikeRadar Live

Specialized UK's Jody Crawforth powered to the elite win in the What Mountain Bike Dirt Crit Champs powered by Rose Bikes yesterday, capitalising after two of the race's early leaders punctured.

Crawforth built up such a strong lead on the tight, loose 1km course at BikeRadar Live after first Paul Oldham (Hope) and then Oli Beckinsale (Giant) flatted that it looked like he had the 12-lap race in the bag. And so it proved.

He eventually crossed the line in 00:37:52. Nick Craig (Scott) came home second, 41 seconds behind, and third place went to Whyte Bikes' Billy Whenman (although a timing mixup meant Rourke Croeser took his place on the podium), another 50 seconds back.

Cross-country veteran Nick Craig, 41, proved he can still cut it with the young guns

Whyte's Billy Whenman fought hard for third place

"It was hot and dusty, and quite hard work," said Crawforth. "The course was a bit tighter than I was expecting. It's tough when you're going at full race pace; because the climbs are really loose, you can't really put the power down.

"I was comfortable for the first few laps and Paul was in the lead and he punctured. Oli's a really fast rider but I was determined to hang in there and then he punctured too, and that gifted me the victory. I had a bit of luck come my way this time."

A puncture ruined Oli Beckinsale's race, but he picked up £100 for being the lap 4 leader

Conspicuous among the 25-strong elite field was multiple BMX, four-cross and dual slalom world champion Brian Lopes, riding his Ibis Tranny four-cross bike on flat pedals and in baggy shorts. After a strong start he finished eighth.

Also in the mix was BikeRadar product tester Guy Kesteven, proving that he has the bike handling skills and fitness to back up his writing prowess. He finished a creditable 15th on his Santa Cruz Tallboy test bike – watch out for a review on BikeRadar soon!

Brian Lopes proved he can cut it at cross-country, finishing eighth in the elites

BikeRadar's Guy Kesteven finished a creditable 15th

The elite women's race saw a battle for first place between ­ Lily Mathews (100% Me) ­ and Cait Elliot (WXC Racing) after early leader Annie Last (100% me) punctured, with the former eventually claiming victory. Third place went to ­ Maddie Horton (Team Certini).

Of course, it wasn't just the elites who were racing in the Dirt Crit Champs – there were categories for riders aged eight and upwards and there was plenty of cross-country action going on in the What Mountain Bike Hot Laps too. There'll be a full report on all the cross-country racing at BikeRadar Live in issue 113 of What Mountain Bike magazine.

Women's podium (L-R): Cait Elliot, Lily Mathews and Maddie Horton

Perhaps the biggest winner on the day was Andy Bishop, who won a £1,500 bike from race sponsors Rose after his race number was pulled out of a hat. "When my mate told me I'd won a bike I thought he was winding me up," he said. "I'd had a really good day and that put the icing on the cake."

Rose's Andy Mayne, who handed out £3,000 worth of prizes in total, said: "What a race! Great weather and great riders hammering away on a super-fast spectator-friendly course! Being a family run company ourselves, it was brilliant to see so many parents and children taking part, never mind the number of elite riders who turned up. Rose were really pleased to support the inaugural What Mountain Bike Dirt Crit Champs and it's certainly something we'd like to continue to support."

Andy Bishop won a £1,500 bike from Andy Mayne of Rose Bikes

Results

Unfortunately, some errors have cropped up in the results of the cross-country racing. If you spot any mistakes, please let us know at bikeradar@bikeradar.com.

What Mountain Bike Dirt Crit Champs powered by Rose Bikes

Position Race # Name Chip Time Laps
Pro elite men
1 5 Jody Crawforth 00:37:52 12
2 1 Nick Craig 00:38:33 12
3 11 Billy Whenman 00:39:23 12
4 23 Andy Blair 00:39:43 12
5 16 Paul Robertson 00:40:08 12
6 6 Ben Thomas 00:40:38 12
7 9 Chris Andrews 00:40:48 12
8 29 Brian Lopes 00:41:05 12
9 3 Oli Beckingsale 00:36:42 11
10 18 Paul Beales 00:38:17 11
11 7 Anthony O'Boyle 00:38:27 11
12 12 Sion O'Boyle 00:38:35 11
13 17 Christian Aucote 00:38:50 11
14 27 Paul Lasenby 00:40:02 11
15 39 Guy Kesteven 00:40:45 11
16 8 John Whittington 00:41:22 11
17 21 Euan Adams 00:43:37 11
17 22 Steven James 00:28:11 8
18 10 Rourke Croeser 00:35:28 7
19 4 Paul Oldham 00:11:14 3
 
Pro elite women  
 
1 32 Lily Matthews 00:53:10 11
2 38 Cait Elliot 00:38:40 10
3 33 Maddie Horton 00:39:15 10
4 30 Annie Last 00:40:13 10
5 312 Melanie Spath 00:38:02 7
Veteran men (40+)
1 58 P Saunders 00:28:38 7
2 64 C Palozzi 00:29:22 7
3 70 A Dewhurst 00:29:40 7
4 73 Tim Marsh 00:30:38 7
5 74 Mark Cutler 00:31:17 7
6 60 R Nord 00:31:34 7
7 62 RC Payne 00:32:19 7
8 69 AS Glynn 00:28:18 6
9 55 D Koryczan 00:28:26 6
10 71 R Ketteridge 00:28:49 6
11 68 RJG Hughes 00:29:18 6
12 59 C Mason 00:32:54 6
13 66 I Pulsford 00:31:03 5
14 61 A Hand 00:19:57 3
15 ? ? 00:09:19 2
16 67 RK Goodwin 00:06:45 1
Veteran women (40+)
 
1 81 Emma Cutler 00:28:47 6
Sport men (18+)
1 138 J Horton 00:29:54 8
2 137 Nick Popham 00:30:21 8
3 108 BD Lewthwaite 00:32:00 8
4 125 RS Matthews 00:33:09 8
5 109 DE Pointer 00:33:24 8
6 128 A Bishop 00:33:33 8
7 130 A Bishop 00:30:35 7
8 124 A Hodges 00:30:37 7
9 132 L Meader 00:31:02 7
10 135 G Billingham 00:31:41 7
11 118 N Dent 00:31:52 7
12 126 R S Matthews 00:31:57 7
13 150 Tim Davies 00:32:06 7
14 104 P Ploughman 00:32:09 7
15 144 B Parker 00:32:13 7
16 127 RS Matthews 00:32:10 7
17 146 Robin Howett 00:32:25 7
18 115 RJ Haworth 00:32:50 7
19 102 C Bunnell 00:33:14 7
20 145 Scott Walklate 00:34:10 7
21 119 Gareth Wooffitt 00:34:06 7
22 129 A Bishop 00:30:15 6
23 101 R Cochrane 00:30:59 6
24 114 V Sparkes 00:31:20 6
25 131 PG Mitchell 00:31:20 6
26 117 Iain Richens 00:32:37 6
27 110 M Bell 00:32:07 6
28 113 V Sparkes 00:34:27 6
29 107 RJ Hebbron 00:30:03 5
30 103 G Spreadbury 00:14:06 3
31 111 GG Mills 00:11:22 2
32 139 F Clifford 00:04:20 1
33 136 G Deardon 00:05:23 1
34 112 RG Munn 00:05:33 1
35 106 Chris Elliott 00:05:47 1
36 134 DJ Forrest 00:06:15 1
Sport women (18+)
 
1 148 Magali Jimenez 00:30:56 7
2 142 EL Birtles 00:31:39 7
3 149 Sarah Taylor 00:30:15 6
4 141 Di Fry 00:33:04 5
Sport men (15-17)
1 153 Dan Barford 00:31:57 8
2 176 Ae Pearce 00:31:59 6
3 152 I Pulsford 00:31:19 5
4 267 J Wesley 00:32:29 5
12-14 Boys
1 232 William Chaeny 00:14:11 4
2 205 Chris McGovern 00:14:55 4
3 229 Chris Barker 00:15:30 4
12-14 Girls
1 226 L Mander 00:16:26 4
2 231 S Middleton 00:17:59 4
10-11 Boys
1 282 Toby Martin 00:08:07 3
2 258 R Mitchie 00:08:23 3
3 271 James Hughes 00:08:25 3
10-11 Girls
1 303 Lisa Driver 00:09:47 3
2 305 Mary Hand 00:11:54 3
3 306 Caitlin Moore 00:12:47 3
8-9 Boys
1 283 Nathan Martin 00:08:43 3
2 286 Callum Rhead 00:09:38 3
3 280 Tyler Pace 00:09:38 3
8-9 Girls
1 259 Megan Panton 00:10:29 2

What Mountain Bike Hot Laps

1 401 BD Lewthwaite M 03:20.10
2 436 Nick Popham M 03:20.20
3 415 MJ Fisher M 03:22.20
4 420 J Horton M 03:28.75
5 475 A Carter M 03:33.00
6 432 M Horton F 03:43.35
7 434 T Arnold M 03:50.50
8 435 M Baker M 03:51.75
9 422 N Reed M 03:53.70
10 481 S Bussey F 03:55.00
11 480 A Moore F 03:55.00
12 453 T Strange M 03:55.00
13 417 L Meader M 03:55.20
14 425 A Burd M 03:58.75
15 421 J Cooper M 03:58.75
16 471 A Wills M 03:59.00
17 473 M Bebbington M 04:01.00
18 467 R Nord M 04:01.00
19 450 Jannik Sundo M 04:02.05
20 469 N Magee M 04:03.00
21 423 N Prior M 04:03.75
22 474 Kyle Windsor M 04:12.00
23 414 T Strange M 04:14.55
24 410 P Wenlock M 04:18.45
25 449 Arthur Martin M 04:20.60
26 402 RG Munn M 04:22.40
27 478 SA Carter F 04:26.00
28 418 Guy Billingham M 04:26.90
29 411 M Beastall M 04:27.70
30 416 PG Mitchell M 04:34.75
31 404 AM Kokic M 04:39.15
32 465 D Pryce M 04:49.00
33 472 A Kear M 04:50.00
34 424 P Boyd-Leslie M 04:58.40
35 409 P Wenlock M 05:14.15
36 451 A Armstrong M 05:36.00
37 433 BD Collins F 06:30.75
38 457 M Sw Tinay M 06:43.00
39 405 K Smith M 06:46.35
40 464 D Passiful M 07:34.00

Team Darenth had a strong showing in the junior categories and walked away with a spot prize of a pair of wheels as well as numerous podium places

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