More Junior Road Racing – and more points!

Not content, thankfully, with the points scored in recent races – see previous report – our juniors have successfully been on the hunt for more in the last couple of weeks.

Thursday 25 May was certainly a bumper night for Otley points. In the CDPP Summer Series #6 U14 event at the Steven Burke Sports Hub Jack Coates took 2nd place for 8 points with Dexter Leeming-Sykes one place behind in 3rd, taking 7 points.

Robbie Pollard took part in the Elite/1/2/3 event, riding to 13th place.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Nearer home, in the White Rose Youth League – Thursday League 2 on the same night at The Brownlee Centre in Adel, racing over six categories Otley riders won a total of 20 points.

Siblings Amy and Alex Hodgkins were 2nd and 8th in their respective categories, U8 Girls and U10 Boys. Points aren’t awarded in these categories.

In the U14 Boys event, George Radcliffe took victory and the maximum 10 points. In the corresponding Girls category Eleanor Hunt placed 2nd for 2 points.

Rauri Waterworth placed 5th for 5 points in the U16 Boys race followed two places behind in 7th by James Wordsworth for 3 points. Dylan Lyons placed 10th and in the U16 Girls Lucy Ellmore was 4th, unfortunately points only being awarded down to 3rd.

Full results from BC.

A couple of days later some of our Junior racers were involved in the Skreentek International North West Youth and Junior Women’s Tour, taking place Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May based around Lancaster and Morecambe.

Eleanor Hunt and Dexter Leeming-Sykes represented Otley CC in the U14 categories, Megan Cullen and Sasha Kitching rode in the U16 category. No top 10 finishes but all rode well, gaining good experience for the future. Photographs courtesy of Ian Cullen.

Returning to the Steven Burke Sports Hub on 1 June for the CDPP Summer Series #7, another fantastic haul of points was won by Otley riders. Once again, the U14 Boys took the spoils, George Radcliffe taking another victory for the 10 points. In fact, it was a 1-2-3 for Otley, Jack Coates taking 2nd place and 8 points followed by Dexter Leeming-Sykes in 3rd for 7 points.

Robbie Pollard again rode the Elite/1/2/3 race, going one better and finishing in 12th place.

Full results from BC.

Two days later on Saturday 3 June, Otley riders ventured north to Middlesbrough Sport Village.

James Veitch rode the U16 event. Here’s James’ account of his ride.

‘Took my first win and third podium of the season at Prissick on Saturday the 3rd. After staying in the group for the first few laps to gauge the strength of the other riders I put in a attack to test the other riders. I opened up a gap with one other rider and decided to just keep the pace up and see what happened. I then rode the other rider off my wheel and built up a gap of around 20 seconds over the main group which I then maintained for 3/4 of the race which eventually grew as attacks behind broke up the chase. It was my first race back for a while due to GCSE’s and was great to get a good result’.

James took 10 points for his win.

Photographs courtesy of Alastair Veitch.

At the same meeting, Jack, George and Dexter renewed their rivalry, finishing 1-2-3 again in that order to take 3, 2 and 1 points.

Photographs courtesy of David Leeming-Sykes.

In a third event 3 June, Ben Kettleborough rode the Prologue Performance Cycling Circuit Series #1 at The Brownlee Centre, finishing in 18th place in the 4th cat event.

Results courtesy of BC.

Well done on some fantastic performances!