An update from our friends at the Superior Brentjens Team
Grant Ferguson secured victory in the Elite Men’s title race at the National Cross Country Championships at Cathkin Craes, Glasgow, last Sunday. A hot dusty 5.5k circuit around a new track, which will be home to the Commonwealth Games race in 2014, proved to be more of a demanding track then was first anticipated. Grant Ferguson, still under U23, took the home victory in the Elite race, holding off Oliver Beckingsale, who took second, and Dave Fletcher, who took third. A fast opening lap saw Kenta Gallagher set a blistering pace opening up a small gap on the chasing field. The break was short lived and the next few laps were to be a settling period, all of the main race contenders marking each other out. First attacks were made in the third lap and a group of 5 riders pulled away, leaving Kallagher and Fletcher behind sitting in 6th and 7th. Fast approaching the final two laps, it was Ferguson attacking on the descent and making a gap that wasn’t going to be given up easily. Crossing the line for the last lap the gap was increasing. The day belonged to Grant Ferguson, the Superior Brentjens rider crossing the line for the final Scottish victory of the championships.
“Winning the Nationals and in my home country really means so much to me, I’ve been nervous about it for a few weeks but today is pretty special. The race was fast but it stayed together for much of the day, I had a couple of digs on the descent on the early part of the lap but I didn’t really commit until there was only two laps remaining then I decide to go for the attack on the descent coming out of the woods at the bottom of the course. The legs felt good today, the team have been away in Switzerland on a training camp just to prepare of today and the World Cup next week in Andorra, so I’m hoping I can carry this form on to there.”
Teammate Kenta Gallagher who was riding in the lead group had to stop in the pits for almost two minutes due to material problems, caused by hitting a rock in the descent. He finished 24th.
It is the 4th National Champion in the team of Bart Brentjens this season. Marek Konwa became Polish National Champion, Anne Terpstra won in the Netherlands while Yana Belomoina won the Ukrain National Champion title again.