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Chris is going to the races

Cyclo-Cross

At Employment Solutions, we love to celebrate the achievements of our staff, be it in or outside of work! Our team have lots of different hobbies and skills from running and cycling to rugby, and we even have a couple of musicians! What a talented bunch!

This weekend our Divisional Manager Chris Taylor will be taking part in the first race of the 2019/2020 HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series in Derby. This series of races will decide the National Cyclo-Cross Championship. Last year Chris won 2 of the rounds and came 2nd overall in his age category, beating an ex-national champion and several ex-pros in the process!

Chris has been competing in Cyclo-Cross races for about 8 years, over those 8 years he's been the Yorkshire Regional Champion 4 times! What an achievement. Chris is even mentioned on Britishcycling.org.uk as "one to watch" for this weekends event! (you can read that article here)

In case your wondering Cyclo-Cross is a form of bicycle racing that takes place in the Autumn/Winter season. The races consist of several laps of short 2.5 - 3.5km courses that are made up of fast single track wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles. Riders are required to quickly dismount, carry/run with the bike while navigating the obstruction and quickly remount.

Many of the best cyclo-cross riders train in other cycling disciplines; but, cyclo-cross has reached such size and popularity that some racers are specialists. Many are starting to prioritize cyclo-cross races over other disciplines.

Chris is also training to take on the three peaks race next year.  Staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park every year at the end of September, it is the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK!

Good luck this weekend Chris!