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West Africa Cycle Challenge

West Africa Cycle Challenge

Words: Tom Owen 

Given the proliferation of cycling events that are out there and vying for your entry fee at this stage of the season, it takes something a little bit special to make us sit up and take notice here at Conquista.

Well, the West Africa Cycle Challenge is certainly different.

Starting in Bo in south-eastern Sierra Leone – yes, that Sierra Leone – the route head south through the country towards the Atlantic coast, crossing the border with Liberia, before finish 300km later in the city of Robertsport.

The event is run by British charity, Street Child, which...


Matt Grayson - UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships

Matt Grayson - UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships

The British National Cyclo-Cross Championships took place last weekend in Bradford, Yorkshire, and Conquista was lucky enough to have two of our favourite young photographers in attendance.

Earlier this week we posted a gallery of shots from Dan Monaghan. You can find it, together with a short race report here.

And now we bring you yet more spectacular shots, courtesy of Matt Grayson. Just click on the image below to view them.

You can find more of Matt's work at his website mattgrayson.co.uk

 


Dan Monaghan - UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships

Dan Monaghan - UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships

Image: ©cadenceimages 

This year’s British National Cyclo-Cross Championships took place last weekend in Bradford

In the Elite Men’s race Ian Field left the field in his wake on the opening circuit, and never looked back as he rode serenely to his fifth national title. The most compelling action could be found at the other end of the podium, where Paul Oldham had to put in a series of aggressive attacks before finally dropping Grant Ferguson with three laps remaining.

The most emotional victory of the competition came in the Elite Women’s race, where reigning champion Nikki Brammeier came back from...


Dan Monaghan - UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Namur

Dan Monaghan - UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Namur

The fifth round of this season’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place on the hilly and extremely muddy course at Namur on 18th December.

The men’s elite race was won by Mathieu van der Poel, giving him seven World Cup victories from his last seven starts, beginning with the Namur event of 2015.

However, due to injury, he missed the first two races of this season, both of which were won by reigning UCI World Champion Wout van Aert. Finishing runner-up to van der Poel in the three subsequent races meant van Aert remained at the top of the overall standings...


Revolution Champions League London 2016

Revolution Champions League London 2016

Image: ©Matt Grayson

This year’s Revolution Series came to a spectacular climax at last Saturday night’s London round. Photographer Matt Grayson was there for Conquista: see a fabulous gallery of his images below.

We devoted 46 pages of Conquista issue 11 to some of the exciting recent developments in global track cycling. The World Cycling League is attempting to bring to the velodrome some of the gloss and glamour of the NFL, MBA and MLB. Six Day London has enjoyed spectacular success at the Lee Valley velodrome and this week is testing the wider appeal of its...