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CX Nationals: Late mech for Helen Wyman sees Nikki Harris regain women’s crown

CX Nationals: Late mech for Helen Wyman sees Nikki Harris regain women’s crown

British Cycling Logo GB’s world class duo battle it out in Shropshire mud; Liam Killeen wins men’s race

Nikki Harris benefited from a desperately late mechanical problem suffered by Helen Wyman today to win the national championship in Shrewsbury as Great Britain’s two world class riders in the discipline slugged it out in the Shropshire mud.

Wyman , nine times a national champion having dominated the championships over the past decade, had opened a 20 second gap on her rival after getting clear of Harris towards the end of the opening lap.

But with two laps remaining, Harris – in 2013, the only other woman to win the title since Wyman took her first title in 2006, and runner-up in five of the past six editions – had bridged back, setting up a thrilling finale.

On the final lap, Harris’s chain slipped, allowing Wyman to open up a five second gap and she seemed to be on her way to a tenth win before disaster struck as her front mech jammed with victory in her grasp.

Harris told Britishcycling.org.uk: (link is external) “I’m so happy it was a close race but I got better every lap and it was one of those […]

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