Cycling: Leicestershire duo tackle 'best field in UK' at Misterton
Leicestershire duo Dave Collins and Dan Booth are on home ground as Hope Factory continue the defence of their team title in the Rapha Super Cross series, which stages its latest round at Misterton Hall, near Lutterworth, on Saturday.
Welland Valley Wheelers are the promoters of the race, which will attract the country's top cyclo-cross riders, such as former national champion Paul Oldham, who leads the Hope Factory squad.
Another former champion, Jody Crawforth, heads a strong Hargroves-Specialized team, while Endura Racing will be in the thick of the action with men of the calibre of Ian Wilkinson, Rob Partridge, Johnny McEvoy and Ian Bibby joined by guest rider Jake Womersley.
Other top names to look out for include reigning national junior champion Hugo Robinson, riding for Rapha/GB Development.
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Robinson has started this season strongly and will be determined to hold his form.
ROTWILD-Forme Coaching, with former Cervélo pro Dan Fleeman as their captain, are another team to look out for and, with squads from Charge, Dirtwheels and Cycle Premier-Kovert, featuring Fleckney's Matt Barratt, also on the grid at Misterton, the elite race promises to have the best field seen in the UK this season.
Organiser Dean Barnett, a former Great Britain cross rider, has designed a spectator-friendly course with many vantage points around the 1.5km circuit.
Entry for spectators is free and while the elite race is due to be flagged away at 1pm, the day's action kicks off at 10.15am with racing for under-10s and 12-year-old riders.
It is a busy weekend for the popular county venue.
On Sunday, Misterton hosts round six of the Waldrons West Midlands League.
More than 500 competitors will contest races for all ages and abilities on a course which has had to be extended to cope with the volume of competitors. The full programme of races starts at 10.15am.
Charlotte Broughton has bagged her first victory in MG Décor Team Carbon Bikes colours.
The 14-year-old from Countesthorpe raced at Solihull in the latest round of cyclo-cross' West Midlands League and cruised to victory in the under-16 section.
By the halfway stage of the first lap, the national under-14 champion had opened a 25-second gap over her rivals, and by the finish she was around half a lap clear of her closest rival.
There is a change of scenery and intensity later this week as Broughton travels to Manchester for her first taste of life with British Cycling's Talent Team.
She is joined at the four-day camp by Cosby's Grace Garner, who is in her second year with the development squad.