Broken bike but a bronze medal for Joe Kiely at National Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:25 14 January 2019

Welwyn Wheelers’ Joe Kiely (right) won bronze in the U16 race at the National Cyclo-cross Championship.

Welwyn Wheelers' Joe Kiely (right) won bronze in the U16 race at the National Cyclo-cross Championship.

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Joe Kiely's superb season over the mud continued with a bronze medal in the British Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships - and he did it all with a broken bike.

The Welwyn Wheelers trio of Nathan Hardy, Joe Kiely and Euan Woodliffe won the team prize in the U16 race at the National Cyclo-cross Championships.The Welwyn Wheelers trio of Nathan Hardy, Joe Kiely and Euan Woodliffe won the team prize in the U16 race at the National Cyclo-cross Championships.

A snapped seat post in the latter stages of the race meant the Welwyn Wheelers man finished a lot lower on the bike than he would have liked but he still managed to battle to a spot on the U16 podium behind Corran Carrick-Anderson and Finlay Pickering.

Euan Woodlife came 10th and Nathan Hardy 59th in a field of over 80 riders, enough to clinch the team prize.

Elsewhere Ellen Bennett was sixth and Iona Moir 19th in the U16 girls’ with Elspeth Grace also taking 19th in the senior women’s race.

In the U14 boys’ Mark Lightfoot was 10th and Calum Moir 17th while Millie Coleman was 15th in the girls’ race

The two Wheelers riders in the junior men’s race, Louis Sutton and Archie Peet, finished in the middle of the 55-strong pack.

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