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This weekend saw Bruce and Hannah of Team Kinesis UK in action at round 4 of the national trophy series in Ipswich.

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Some races are won by skill and race craft, some are won by fierce sprints and some are won by taking the race by the horns. Hannah was struggling with a sore throat before the race but following another productive week with her University of Birmingham support team helping her training whilst at university. The flat and lightning fast course provided no respite for racers. All photo's by Jack Chevell of the

CX Handbook.


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Hannah started well on the wide course sitting steady just behind the front group but by lap two, she had established a 10 second lead.. a big surge along the start straight again put even more time between her and the chasers.

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By the final two laps Hannah's gap continued to extend, pushing it out each lap allowing her tubs to give her all the advantage she could get.

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By the final lap Hannah had a gap that anyone would have struggled to close, she powered to another win taking her even closer to the overall Elite womens series victory on a course that, even she would admit didn't suit.

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Following the frantic energy channelled from Hannah's earlier victory Bruce arrived on the start line of one of the strongest domestic UCI Cyclo Cross fields in recent memory. The long start finish straight proved to provide a drag strip into the hurdles and the interesting barn section. A strong start saw Bruce inside the top 25 in the second group on the course.

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Chasing hard to cling to the wheels of riders in front it was key to push a big gear on what was the fastest course of the year, file tread tyres have been used more this season than mud's!

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The course at Ipswich was well designed incorporating technical features and hard sections to challenge every rider!

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When it came down to it on the final lap, Bruce headed up a strong group of 9 and coming into the final few bends Bruce held a strong position and edged out to win the group sprint rolling in 28th some 2 minutes down on the storming winner from Belgium.

This weekend Bruce heads to Belgium to race in the biggest races in CX giving Hannah some time at home to focus on the regional champs.

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