Trawden’s Paul Oldham has had a perfect start to the Yorkshire Points Series, winning the first two rounds.
The national cyclo-cross champion from Pendle, who represented his country at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, claimed victory at the weekend in round two at Hambleton Leisure Centre in Northallerton.
The event – the John Stevenson Memorial Cross – saw Oldham, who rides for Team Hope and works for Barnoldswick cycling engineering company Hope Technology, go clear from the start, with team mate Jack Clarkson and Ben Turner of Oldfield Paul Milnes Cycles trying to stay with him.
In only his second cross race back after injury, suffering cracked ribs and teeth, Oldham continued to lead the way with Clarkson and Turner, before the Hope duo broke away.
And in an exciting sprint finish, Oldham just about held off Clarkson on the line, crossing a quarter of a wheel ahead of his teammate.
Another Hope Factory rider Rob Jebb was fourth.