Rob Jebb wins Three Peaks Cyclo Cross

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Rob Jebb won the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross title for the 11th time in his career on Sunday after completing the course in under three hours.

Jebb completed the grueling course in two hours 59 minutes and 25 seconds and he was the only rider to finish before the three-hour mark.

Nick Craig finished in second place but was three minutes and two seconds slower than Jebb who was very impressive all day.

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Third place went to Joe Moses who crossed the line in a time of three hours seven minutes and 29 seconds but won the under 23 category for the fastest finisher.

Second-placed Craig won the veteran's category but may be challenged for that title next year with Jebb turning 40 before the next Three Peaks Cyclo Cross event.

Jebb was pleased with the race result but admits as he gets older racing gets a lot harder.

Hard graft

According to Cycling Weekly, Jebb said: “It’s nice to get another win, but it doesn’t get any easier!

“I’m busy with kids and family life, and I’m not getting any younger. I’ve been keeping up with my fell running, and went to the World Mountain Running Champs recently representing Great Britain, so I’m in good shape.

“It was tough. Ingleborough is where there is the most running, so I have to get my advantage from there and then it’s eyeballs out trying to hold it.

"I punctured off Ingleborough and lost some time but nothing major, and I was trying not to run out of steam on Pen-y-Ghent.”

Veteran returns

Another impressive performance came from Tim Gould who took part in the event for the first time in 14 years after coming out of retirement.

Gould last took part in the race in 2000 but his age didn't hold him back in the event this year with the 50-year-old finishing 13th overall and winning the veteran 50 category. Gould won the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross six times in a row in the 1980s.

Appleyard win

In the women's race the title was won by Verity Appleyard in a time of four hours 17 minutes and nine seconds which was almost 10 minutes quicker than second-placed Sarah Barber.

Appleyard finished in third last year and she believes the race went better than she thought it would go and is hoping to come back next year to beat the four hour mark.

The 38-year old-said: “It was a great day with a fantastic atmosphere and it was more comfortable than I expected in the end.

“There were some crashes happening around me and one in particular right at the start was tricky. It was right in front of me and I’m not sure how I managed to dodge it. If I do come back, it’ll be to get round in four hours.”

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