Otley members in weekend racing action again

Following on from the busy Saturday 4th March, Otley members were once again racing the following weekend in cyclocross, road races and time trials.

On Saturday 11th March junior rider Ruaridh Alywood came 8th in the British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) Cyclocross National Championship race, in Redditch. This is the first time he has ever competed at National level and he came a credible half way down a very good field, racing for Otley All Saints school. (Photos courtesy of Mat Porton)

The same day, Jack Coates along with new junior member Dexter Leeming-Sykes rode in tbe U14 Boys category in the Pedalsport Spring Circuits #1 event at Halifax on the Brooksbank Circuit.  Jack scored 5 points for 5th place and Dexter celebrated his joining the club by scoring 2 points for 8th.  Not content with that, he then went on to score another 6 points racing to 4th place in Middlesbrough at Prissick Park in the Prissick Spring Shield Round 2.  A great start!

Sunday 12th March saw our junior riders competing in the Mosley CRT Early Bird Youth Race 2 at the Tameside Cycle Circuit, Aston-under-Lyne.

In the U14 Girls Race, Eleanor Hunt gained 8 points for a fine 2nd place.  Megan Cullen finished 5th in the U16 Girls Race for 5 points, a good indication of indication that her racing form is coming good at the right time in advance of her riding for Yorkshire in Tour of Scotland in April as part of a Yorkshire team of 4 U16 girls (see separate racing article Megan Cullen to ride for Yorkshire in Youth Tour of Scotland in April).

In the boys races, Jack Coates finished 12th in the U14 Boys.

Full results on the British Cycling website here.

Photographs courtesy of Ian Cullen via Twitter and Paul John Davidson via Tameside Circuit Facebook page.


In the time trialling world on the same day, a very colour coordinated Liz Hills rode her newly acquired TT bike in anger for the first time in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation (YCF) Open 10-mile TT. Held on the V910 course out near Brotherton and a counting event in the YCF Points Competition, the undulating course attracted 89 riders in the main event, six riders for the medium gear TT and two tandems, a good field for such an early event.

Renowned for being plagued by winds, the event was for once had hardly any breeze Liz thankfully reported.  Liz went on to say “Not quite ‘The Triangle’ Mountain but a mountain nonetheless – out and back with a steady climb out, a couple of undulating bumps, then a ‘go for it’ descent on the way back- while trying to negotiate nine (yes, nine!) roundabouts’.

Liz’s admits her ride was more about technique and racing on the new bike for the first time but eas very happy to have pipped in under 30 mins with a 29:59.  Partner and 2nd claim Otley member Stephen Lloyd, riding for Bronte Wheelers, ride to a 25:55.  Fastest overall was prolific TT winner and triathlete Philip Graves (Nopinz) in 21:22. Kirsty Smith of Team Swift was fastest woman with a time of 25:50.

Full result on the CTT website and race report courtesy of CTT/Snowdon Sports.

Photo of Liz courtesy of Rob Booth Photography via the YCF Facebook page

Liz showing off her new TT bike to The Flyers the day before