Sunday at The Palace

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Words: Ian Cleverly Photos: Jonathan Hines – info@jonathanhines.co.uk

The St Jude’s Day storm held off long enough for a bright and blustery day of Rapha Super Cross racing at Alexandra Palace.

We’ve been promising mud for three years now, and looking out of my window at six in the morning, it seemed a sure bet. But no. The course was fast and dry – which, from an organiser’s position, is no bad thing. The prospect of flying gazebos and torrential downpours made for a fitful night’s sleep.

But it all came good in the end. The best part of 500 riders tackled the slopes of Ally Pally. Most of them could raise a smile once they had regained their breath. Myself included.

How they roll

How they roll

Is that Jeremy Clarkson?

Is that Jeremy Clarkson?

Passing the palace

Passing the palace

Some of the 160 under-16s who raced

ViCiOUS Velo going green

ViCiOUS Velo going green

Spiral of doooom...

Spiral of doooom…

Bruce Dalton, Rouleur team

Bruce Dalton, Rouleur team

Dan Tulett dominated the youth race

Dan Tulett dominated the youth race

Paul Oldham won all three rounds...

Paul Oldham won all three rounds…

...as did his Hope team-mate Annie Simpson

…as did his Hope team-mate Annie Simpson

Elites are dooooomed

Elites are dooooomed

No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain

Everyone's a winner, baby

Everyone’s a winner, baby

Tequila!

Tequila!

No jet-washing required

No jet-washing required

"Your thumb goes OVER the top, Annie"

“Your thumb goes OVER the top, Annie”

A feature on the 1973 cyclo-cross World Championships, held at Crystal Palace, will appear in Rouleur issue 43

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