Oli Beckingsale wins Hopton Woods National XC Series
Oli Beckingsale won Sunday's round of the British Cycling National Cross Country Series at Hopton Woods in Shropshire, his first win since suffering a horrific hip injury at the final round of last years World Cup season.
Oli put in a strong performance and opened up a gap on the 3rd lap, which held onto to the line after his closest challenger, David Fletcher (Orange Monkey - Cannondale) suffered a late puncture.
Oli Beckingsale (speaking to British Cycling):
I'm chuffed to bits, it’s my first win back but this was more than a win. It has been a really tough winter for me. This will rate as a very special win for me today.
At the start of 2012 I still had dreams about going to the Olympics but I was struggling at the World Cups. Then I went to the first round of the British series at Sherwood Pines and crashed there and had a really bad shoulder injury which put me out for a month. I thought when you have a big injury you become immune to them for a while so after spending months last year in physio I was back in physio again.
That did take a lot to overcome, but my confidence is coming back, I rode a world cup last week and felt good but I ripped my rear mech off after a lap so I had a point to prove today. It was really bad luck for Dave Fletcher today, we were riding well together but he flatted on the last lap. We were using different tyres today but sometimes you make your own luck.
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