TWO brothers from Herefordshire came out on top in their classes in the Welsh national cyclo-cross championship hosted by Abergavenny Road Club

William and Emyr Truelove from Dilwyn competed in the Junior men (U18) and Youth boys (U14) categories respectively.

They are students at Hereford Sixth Form College and Weobley High School and are both members of the host club Abergavenny RC.

Emyr's race was first and was run for 30 mins along a 2.5 km course which included a fast gravel section, a tough grassy bank to climb, various sweeping corners and a small area of woodland.

The course which quickly turned muddy and slippery with the passing of each rider, but Emyr took an early lead and won the race by 1 min 28 seconds.

Will's race was next with the Junior men racing at the same time as the veterans so there were over 100 riders in this race.

This longer race (40 mins) was made more technical by the fact that the course had been chewed up by the previous races.

Will steadily built up a lead before suffering a crash mid-way through the race.

The muddy conditions meant he now had to change bikes every lap and rely on a pit crew to wash and return the bike before he came around for another lap.

By the end, he had pulled out his lead again and won by 1 minute 10 seconds.

Because Will is 16 years, he is only in his first year as junior and hence gets to wear the Welsh national champions jersey in each cyclo-cross race during 2019.

Races were held for all ages from U6 to Veteran 60s, with competitors coming from across the whole of Wales.