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Ben Tulett wins World Junior Cyclo Cross Championships


 

 

Beeline rider Ben Tulett, riding for Great Britain, took an amazing victory in the World Junior Cyclo Cross Championships in Valkenburg, Holland on Saturday 3rd February on one of the toughest World's courses in years; very muddy with plenty of running and hilly.

The junior race is a great marker for future champions, in recent years Lars Boom, Niels Albert and Mathieu Van Der Poel have won the juniors before winning the Elite category a few years later. No pressure there!

Race Report

A poor start by Ben saw him down in 16th place on the opening lap, and this looked ominous as pre-race favourite and European Champion Loris Rouiller of Switzerland opened up a gap. However the second half of the 1st lap provided a real sort out; Rouiller was reeled in and a lead group of 5 riders formed including Ben who had scythed through the field.

American rider Lane Maher took over the lead on the second lap, then - much to our excitement - Ben moved ahead to take the lead of the World Championships. And he didn’t just lead, but blow it apart as he opened up a 14 second lead by the end of the second lap.

 

Sensing the danger, Czech rider Tomas Kopecky took up the chase, leaving Maher behind and cutting into Ben’s lead at a rate and bridging up to Ben. But Ben had seen him coming and had held something back, the two riders began the final lap together as the race and World Title hung in the balance.

On the final lap the duo exchanged the lead before Ben surged clear a third of the way through the final lap of a brutally tough and muddy course.

Once clear the gap began to grow, but a crash or mechanical could wipe out his lead; this was a nerve shredding final five minutes! Finally as he crested down the final descent to the finishing straight we knew, he was World Champion.

 

Fun Fact

Winning a world title at any level is an incredible achievement. Riders get two years in the junior category, so two shots at the world title - providing you’re talented enough to qualify in your first year. Indeed, so difficult is it to win in your first year only three riders have achieved the feat; Kamil Ausbuher in 1992, Mathieu Van Der Poel 2012 and Ben Tulett in 2018! Which means he gets to wear the rainbow jersey next season.

Thanks

Behind every rider there is a team of helpers, the mechanics, the coach, the sponsors and the many people who have contributed along the way.

Special praise goes to Ben’s parents; Alister, who gives up so much of his time and energy and supportive wife Cath.

A massive thanks to our very own Team Manager Mark Akers for his boundless enthusiasm and mechanical skills.

We have been running a team for several years and sponsored Ben for 3 years, and I would like to thank, in no particular order; Specialized Bikes, Sram Components, Mavic Wheels, Challenge Tyres and BioRacer Clothing for their help over the years. So go buy their products! 

And, of course, Ben, who has been an absolute joy to sponsor and deserves every ounce of success for his commitment, professionalism and the sheer joy he derives from riding a bike!

Best of Luck in the Future

We have been privileged to sponsor Ben for the last 3 years, in which time he has won two National Champs Jerseys and one Rainbow Jersey. Not a bad return!

Ben will move onto the next phase of his career on the continent with teams that can support him over there, he will be riding for two Dutch teams next year; the WWV Junioren Road Team this summer, and Beobank Development squad next cross season.

Ben could have left on January 1st, but choose to stay with us for the remainder of the cross season, a testament to the fact that he as thoroughly decent and honourable off the bike as he is fast on it!

We will continue to cheer for Ben, and know that whatever he achieves in the future we will have played a small role, but very proud role in his success.

Ride For Charlie

In the 2017 National Under 16 Cyclo Cross Championships Ben was pushed all the way in a sprint finish by Charlie Craig. A fortnight later Charlie tragically passed away in his sleep aged just 15. Ben dedicated his Worlds win to Charlie, please visit RideForCharlie for more info on the foundation that was set up to help young cyclists following Charlie’s death.

 

Luis Tulip

Beeline Bicycles

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