REDDITCH ace Beth Crumpton expressed her delight at donning the yellow jersey after winning the first round of the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross series at Derby on Sunday.
Crumpton, who will now head to round two in Abergavenny on October 29 aiming for more success, said: “I’m absolutely chuffed to win! I’ve been chasing this yellow jersey a few seasons now, so it’s nice to get it at the first round.”
Before that Crumpton, a sport business management student at the University of Worcester, will compete in round three of the UCI World Cup series in Koksijde, Belgium, on October 22 after finishing 30th in round two, which took place in Wisconsin, USA, recently.
“It’s proving to be a great season so far,” said the 23-year-old, who is in the second year of her studies at the university.
“I am delighted to be taking the leaders jersey into the second round in Abergavenny.
“This is again a course I am looking forward to and the category of race is one higher than at Derby so there will be a few more UCI points up for grabs too. I am aiming for the top 50 UCI by mid-January next year.”
On her Derby victory – her biggest yet in cyclo-cross – Crumpton added: “The plan was to ride hard from the off so I could take my own lines in the single track and be able to focus on my pacing and rhythm.
“I made a mistake in the sand on the second lap and Hattie (second placed Harnden) distanced me a little but I knew she’d made a big effort to come over to me from the start so I didn’t panic and just rode back into the race.”
Alongside combining her academic study with racing at cyclo-cross events, Crumpton is also working for Storey Racing team, led by Dame Sarah Storey, as part of her placement in PR, sponsorship and social media in an attempt to gain more exposure for women cycling in the UK.
To follow her progress at the upcoming events, check her blog at bethcrumpton.wordpress.com. The Abergavenny race will be broadcast live on Welsh TV channel S4C.