Abergavenny Festival of Cycling - Hosts of the 2014 National Road Race Championships


August 07, 2015 No comments


GRAHAM  Briggs certainly has a taste for Wales after he took his second consecutive win in the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series Championships in Abergavenny on Friday night. Yorkshireman Briggs, of the JLT Condor team, had ridden to victory from start to finish on Wednesday in the rain at a hilly Chepstow Grand Prix but his victory on the final stage of the Series was far different than his run-away success of midweek. The victory was anybody's with one lap to go of the hour and five finishing laps race as some of the Series top contenders attacked but were brought back...

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Mould looks to big 2016 after taking top Circuit Series crown

August 12, 2015

Mould looks to big 2016 after taking top Circuit Series crown

Podium, left to right: Steele Von Hoff, Graham Briggs, Jonny McEvoy and overall series winner Jon Mould, Welsh Open Criteriums

NEWPORT'S Jon Mould is looking to the future and more glory after his British Cycling Elite Circuit Series victory was officially crowned.

Mould, of the One Pro Cycling team, sealed the Series on Wednesday at the Chepstow Grand Prix but was hoping to put the cherry on the cake by taking the grand finale at the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling on Friday night.

The 24-year-old made a couple of attacks as he was cheered on by the passionate home crowd that lined the streets of Abergavenny town centre during the race which lasted for an hour plus five finishing laps.

Despite his efforts, Mould ended back in the pack as Doncaster's Graham Briggs won the stage victory.

However, just like Chris Froome experienced in the Tour de France when he rode into Paris, the last stage did not matter as Mould celebrated a first big overall circuit series win of his career.

Mould said: "It has been a good month. I have got to train quite hard and so it has been good.

"There was a fast first 20 minutes of the race tonight and a bit of cat-and-mouse for a bit and we started racing again for the last ten minutes."

And Mould was aware of the support he received from the local crowd in Abergavenny. "It was good to win this here.  I heard a lot of 'Go on Mouldy' and recognised the voices."

Now, with a big year in 2016 on the horizon plus the build-up towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Mould is hoping more success will follow.

And with Welsh cycling flying at the moment on the men's side, with Cardiff duo Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe both having just completed the Tour de France and youngster Scott Davies, from Carmarthen, hot on their heels, Mould is slowly putting himself into the bigger picture.

"There are a lot of Welsh boys doing well now. We are all mates and we all race and train together.

"This is an overall series but next year is a big one when I am moving up again and hoping for better things with the Tour of Britain and onwards.

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