The British National Open Champion, Chris Wreghitt, won the international cyclocross at Loughborough in England on Sunday (3 March).
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Mayoress of Charnwood to competitors leaving start
SV Belgium rider leading in green shirt, followed by other competitors as they round bend
SV Belgium rider number 2, Kamiel Dedeckere, carrying cycle up hill with other competitors
SV Holland's number Freddy Demeester, carrying bike up hill
SV Eventual winner, Chris Wreghitt of UK, carrying cycle with others, followed closely by Belgium rider Norbert Dedeckere
CU PAN FROM Spectators to competitors carrying cycles up slope
SV Norbert Dedeckere of Belgium running with cycle down slope, jumping over water and receiving a new cycle, continues on
SV Finishing bell sounds
GV Chris Wreghitt of UK crosses the line ahead of Norbert Dedeckere of Belgium in second place
CU Wreghitt and Dedeckere embrace, and pose with P. Watson of Britain (third place) (2 shots)
SV Winner, Wreghitt, receives medal from Mayoress
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Background: The British National Open Champion, Chris Wreghitt, won the international cyclocross at Loughborough in England on Sunday (3 March). He was 47 seconds ahead of Norbert Dedeckere of Belgium who won the event last year.
SYNOPSIS: The lady Mayor of Charnwood gave the signal and off went the hard-riding cycling teams from Belgium, Holland and Britain. The ground at Loughborough University was soaking after several hours of rain and was voted the muddiest course of the year.
Rider number two, Belgium's Kamiel Dedeckere, joins the others on the slippery climb to the top. Close behind is number six, Freddy Demeester of Holland.
Chris Wreghitt, Britain's national open champion, is closely followed up by last year's winner Norbert Dedeckere of Belgium. Wreghitt, successfully recovered from a leg injury, left for Switzerland after the race to train with the Swiss team for the World Championships.
Norbert Dedeckere continues the gruelling race with a run, a watery jump and a replacement cycle...
Chris Wreghitt was first over the finishing line with Norbert Dedeckere in second place. Wreghitt had forced the pace after forty-five minutes riding. He opened a ten-second gap which the Belgian was unable to close. Sharing the honours was Paul Watson, of Britain, who came third.
The winner's medal for Wreghitt -- at the end of a hard struggle in tough conditions.