Defending champion Hugo Robinson is not feeling the pressure

DEBENHAM rider Hugo Robinson insists an expectation rather than pressure will be placed on his shoulders when he defends his British National Cyclo-cross Junior title on Sunday.

The 17-year-old, who races for Ipswich’s Elmy Cycles/XRT team, secured the junior competition in Derby last year and will be looking to retain his crown in front of his home crowd, at Chantry Park, on Sunday.

The Farlingaye School pupil has been performing in both domestic competitions and in Belgium, where he has been competing in Super Prestige, World Cups and GVA Trophy competitions.

“I would not say I was under pressure but there is certainly more expectation,” said Robinson, who is a member of Ipswich Bicycle Club.

“I do not let pressure get to me but there will be a lot of people at the race who will be interested in my progress and want the best for me as a local rider.

“That gives me more motivation to win, in front of a big crowd and a good atmosphere.”

The 3km course around Chantry Park is likely to test the most experienced of rider with several twists and turns that could become treacherous if the heavens open, not that Robinson has experienced the track yet.

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“To tell you the truth, I have not been around it yet,” said Robinson.

“I will probably have a look round it today and tomorrow but looking at the layout it should be one of the best national courses in terms of management.

“It is getting a lot more professional now. For instance, the course will be cordoned off using a lot more wooden posts and netting rather than wooden stakes and tape.”

Oakworth’s Joe Moses is likely to be Robinson’s closest contender for the title and is a second year junior like his rival.

“He is an extremely strong rider and I know he will be a tough opponent but I am feeling confident,” said Robinson, who will also be cheered on by several of his school friends.

“I went out to Belgium over Christmas and although I did not get the results I would have wanted, I am going into the competition with some good preparation under my belt.”

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