Hope Technology’s Paul Oldham prepared for his trip to South Africa for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 1 with fourth place in the BC National Mountain Bike Cross Country Series first round at Codham Park this weekend.
Paul, 36, of Trawden, came in in 01:48:02, behind Michiel van der Heijden of Giant Pro XC Team, who won in 01:46:21.
Second was Jonas De Backer of Vanomobil MTB Cycling Team in 01:46:54, with Robby De Bock (Feenstra Felt PB Kenda Bike Team) third in 01:47:45.
Fellow Hope riders in action were Michael Thompson, who finished 32nd, Dave Henderson (33rd), David Collins (34th) and Daniel Booth (35th).
The previous week, he won the first round of the Altura/Nutcracker North of England Cross-Country series at Dalby Forest on the North Yorks Moors.
Paul, who works and races for the bicycle component manufacturer Hope, based in Barnoldswick,s now preparing to fly to Pietermaritzburg, near Durban, on Sunday, where he will compete in the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of the season on Sunday, April 13th.
Joining him, but racing in the downhill series, will be fellow Hope racer and worker Rachael Walker, who hails from Clitheroe.
For 2014, the UCI have mixed things up with the nine World Cup rounds taking place over four continents in a calendar that stretches from April to the end of August.