“Fizzer” Graham is national champion!

Graham Fielding and women's winner Angela Brand-Barker
Graham Fielding and women's winner Angela Brand-Barker

Clitheroe Bike Club member Graham Fielding has won the 2013 National Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in the Tweed Valley on the Scottish borders.

The competition was over two days with route planning being as key as fitness. The first day saw Graham battle for five hours over arduous hills and through forests, overcoming mechanical problems to place five points down on leader Mark Higginbottom.

News filtered through to the Fielding camp that the overnight leader was not competing on the second day, giving Graham a 35-point lead, and after four hours of tough off road riding, a low scoring day made the final tally a nail biting wait, but “Fizzer” had done it and with some style!