Racing 55 – August 2016. Dave Rayner Scarborough Festival of Cycling

Two members of the Otley CC/Chevin Cycles Junior & Youth Race Team were on the east coast at the weekend riding the Scarborough round of the 2016 British Cycling Junior Road Series.

The race was part of the Dave Rayner Fund Scarborough Festival of Cycling 2016.  The Dave Rayner Fund was set up the year after Dave’s tragic death in 1994 to assist young British riders make a cycling career on the continent.  Its recipients have included David Millar, Charly Wegelius, Dan Martin, Nikki Harris and Hannah Barnes.

The event was held on the hilly Oliver’s Mount circuit on the outskirts of Scarborough, more used to the sound and speed of racing motorcycles.  Tom Cullen and Robbie Pollard flew the Otley CC colours.  Here’s Tom’s report on the race, which he and Robbie obviously found hard.

“Very hard race in the Scarborough national series junior road race for me and Robbie today, 5 laps of the pretty flat circuit top circuit before tackling the mega hard hill for the rest of the race bringing it up to 1 hour 45 minutes. I’m not sure how many times we rode up the big hill but it only took us 18 minutes to finish the flat section!

Felt good at the start and knew I wasn’t gonna get up the hill too many times so I attacked, I was off the front for over 2 laps! I kick started the early break but decided to drop back in anticipation for the hill with their being an hour 20 minutes of racing still to go.

I hung on fairly conformably up the climb the first lap but suffered on the second lap just getting back on the false flat over the finish line, the paced eased off by the time I got there so I rode straight past a lot of them until I was on the second row, I then attacked on the descent moving into 1st and gained a 50m gap over the peloton before it halved by the time we hit the climb, I was leading the race! All be it for only 2 minutes as they caught me 1/4 the way up the climb. I tried to get on the coat tails of the bunch but couldn’t quite, luckily many people were also distanced here so I managed to settle into a decent sized group.

I continued the remaining 50 minutes racing as hard as I could, often crawling up the climb and gaining places on the false flat before bombing down the descent.

I got lapped by Rob Scott and Tom Pidcock who had a minute over the 3rd rider with 2 laps to go so I was pulled out, bit annoyed I got pulled out at the end but I’m sure I turned a few heads when I lead the race after 5 and 30 minutes!

According to my dad I was top 45 in the end out of 73 starters, not bad considering my earlier efforts and with another year in this category.

No regrets and looking forward to racing on a terrain that suits me more, just wished there were primes on the flat laps like last year!”

Photographs courtesy of British Cycling and Ian Cullen.

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