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Into the Belgian cx heartland.....for the Knight twins

 
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Peter Ward



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:47 am    Post subject: Into the Belgian cx heartland.....for the Knight twins Reply with quote

Well done for some fantastic results by Harrison and Jacob on their trip to Belgian.

I 'm looking forward to the report of their experiences.

[You can catch up on some amazing achievements by UK riders -Tom Pidcock, Evie Richards, Nikki Brammier - on the UCI TV channel on YouTube]
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KnightRider



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Race Report from Jacob and Harrison Knight, Belgium, 28th - 31st December 2017

We had been looking forward to this trip for a good while and it didn’t disappoint. We were to race the Cat 2 Brico Cross in Bredene near Ostend and the Superprestige in Diegem near Brussels the following day.

The course in Bredene was set in parkland and pretty familiar to us with numerous sharp banks and bends and switchbacks. The weather was foul for most of the day, cold, wet and very windy. The course had turned to mud by the time we started. Gridded at the back with a pinch point just after the start the challenge was to get as far up the field as we could.
After a chaotic first lap we still found ourselves towards the back but both of us started to cut through the field over the following laps. This resulted in a 26th and 32nd place finish out of a strong field of around 60 riders representing countries ranging from Canada and Japan to France and the Czech Republic. It was an extremely muddy course therefore cleaning skinsuits for the following days racing was a real issue however we somehow managed!

The Superprestige in Diegem the next day was on a completely different scale and took over the whole town centre. It was also scheduled for evening under floodlights which gave a great atmosphere with vast crowds.

For the junior race, we both started at the back of the grid once again, but this time there was over 70 riders in the field, meaning it would be a challenge just to move up the field a little bit. Once the race had started, there was the standard junior pile up on the start straight, which we were both caught behind. However, once through the incident, we started making our way through the rest of the riders and ended up finishing 29th and 30th, just a few seconds apart, despite also having 4 punctures between us as well! The course was perhaps the best course we had ever ridden, and the support was fantastic, with a sizeable contingent of Brits lining the course shouting for us every lap.

In both races, the support from our pit crew was excellent, and we always had a clean bike waiting for us when we needed one.

We would like to thank the WMCCL for their continued support this year particularly for the help with our trip abroad. Also, a big thank you to Gary Rowing-Parker for the help whilst on the trip.

After racing the WMCCL for nine years, racing the 2018-19 season looks unlikely for us both so we would like to thank all the clubs, volunteers and the WMCCL committee for putting on such good events. Thank you to Robin Fox for the great training sessions he delivers week after week.

Jacob and Harrison Knight
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