Junior Road Racing – glorious June brings more glorious points

Otley CC junior riders have again been seeking out points far and wide to add to the ones already amassed in 2017 in an extensive list of races.

Closed Circuit Racing

The Tameside Cycling Development Group (TCDG) Race League (supported by Rapha) is held on the closed Tameside circuit at Ashton-Under-Lyne in Lancashire, Manchester’s first cycle circuit, on a Tuesday and Jack Coates obviously enjoys racing there. Competing in rounds 10, 11, 12 and 13 has netted Jack a total of 24 points in the U14 Boys category with a win and three 3rd places.

Going over the border into Lancashire does have at least one benefit i.e. points to bring home to Yorkshire as more were earned at Rounds #8, #9, #10 and #11 of the CDPP Summer Series at the Steven Burke Sports Hub.

Jack Coates continued his success with three wins for a sizeable stash of 30 points in the U14 Boys. Eleanor Hunt had two wins in the U14 Girls for a total of 6 points. Back in the U14 Boys, Dexter Leeming-Sykes earned another sizeable haul with 24 points via three 2nd places and a 4th and George Radcliffe had a win and a 2nd place, gaining him 11 points. James Coates rode the E/1/2/3 event, his 7th place earning him 3 points. Morgan Leeming-Sykes finished 4th in the U12 Girls.

Venturing even further east, Jack earned another 6 points for 4th in the U14 Boys at the 3rd round of the North West Youth League at the Palatine Circuit in Blackpool.

Our juniors do have success in Wonderful Yorkshire too. In the White Rose Youth Leagueheld at various circuits in the the area, George Radcliffe and Jack Coates were again in the points, George earning 13 points for a 3rd and a 4th in the U14 Boys with Jack, in the same category, on 7 points for a 3rd place. In the U14 Girls, Eleanor Hunt had a 2nd place for 2 points.

Megan Cullen in the U16 Girls had a win for 3 points with Lucy Ellmore scoring 1 for a 3rd place. The U16 Boys amassed a total of 30 points between them, James Wordsworth on 13 (a 2nd and a 5th), Dylan Lyons 7 (a 3rd), Will Brown 6 (a 4th) and Rauri Waterworth 4 (a 6th).

Other placings, sadly not scoring points, were a 2nd and a 3rd in the U8 Girls by Isla Aylward and Amy Hodgkins, a 10th and a 12th by Alex Hodgkins and Ruaridh Aylward (U10 Boys), a 9th and a 10th by Matthew Ellmore and Mark Sansom in the U12 Boys. Ben Houlihan (U14 Boys) had an 11th, in the U16 Girls a 5th place each for Lucy Ellmore and for Sasha Kitching, and a 9th for Robbie Strathdee and a 14th for Oliver Tibble in the U16 Boys.

Again in Yorkshire, at the Pedalsports Spring Circuits #4 event on the Brooksbank Cycle Circuit near Elland (or Hammerstones Circuit if you prefer), Amy Hodgkins took her first win in the U8 Girls. Brother Alex was a hard fought 10th in the U10 boys race.

Photographs courtesy of Jonathan Hodgkins

Victorious Amy Hodgkins

Alex Hodgkins happy with a hard race

Jack Coates took 4th, George Radcliffe 5th and Dexter Leeming-Sykes 6th in the #U14 Boys race.

Staying in our home county and near to our home town, The Brownlee Centre has also given our riders the opportunity to earn points in the various series held there.

James Coates and Harry Hunt earned points in the Brownlee Centre Evening Race Series Round 1, James finishing 8th in the E/1/2/3 category event for 2 points and Harry 9th in the 3/4 category event for 2 point.

Photographs courtesy of Ian Cullen

In the Prologue Performance Cycling Circuit Series round #2 and round #3 Ben Kettleborough had a 2nd at round #2 in the 4th category race and in round #3 a 19th in the 2/3/4 category event, Toby Kitching finishing in 22nd.

Street Circuits

Doncaster Cycle Festival, held on a circuit in the city centre, starting and finishing on Waterdale, took place Sunday 11th June. There were eight races in total and our sole representative, Jack Coates, again bagged some points, taking 3 for 7th place in the U14 Boys event.

Wednesday 21st June saw the first of the local street circuit events, Ilkley Cycle Races organised by Ilkley Cycling Club, starting and finishing on The Grove outside the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms. Held on a 1.5km circuit, there were five races – U14, U16, 3rd & 4th category Men, a Women’s E/1/2/3 race and the final race of the evening for E/1/2 Men.

Although the day had been generally fine there was a downpour on the night but it didn’t dampen the spirits of those riding.

As you’d imagine, being so close Otley we had quite a few riders competing and it’s good to report that several points were collected on the night. Our highest placed rider was Eleanor Hunt who took 2nd in the U14 Girls category and 2 points. In the U14 Boys, George Radcliffe was 6th, Dexter Leeming-Sykes 7th and Jack Coates 9th, earning them 4, 3 and 1 point respectively.

Photograph courtesy of Ian Cullen

2nd place for Eleanor

Dylan Lyons, Rauri Waterworth and James Veitch were 14th, 15th and 17th in the U16 Boys but not in the points.

A week later, the LOGCO Otley Cycle Races were held on what was unusually a very wet and cold evening. The crowds might not have been as big as usual but that didn’t stop the riders putting on a great show.

As with the Ilkley event, there were five races, the Girls WGC Landscapes Race, the Boys MAS Design Consultants Super Prestige Youth Race, the Pinsent Masons Otley Women’s GP, The Chevin Cycles Classic Race and the Property Development Otley GP.

Again, plenty of Otley riders in the mix but understandably the rain took its toll. Rauri Waterworth was our only points scorer with 4 after his 6th place in the Boys race, won by Samuel Watson of Chevin Cycles.com Trek. James Wordsworth finished in 17th place.

In the Girls race, won by Ava Oxley-Szilagyi of PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT, Megan Cullen was 11th and Sasha Kitching 14th.

Fergus Robinson of Clay Cross Road Team was victorious in the Classic race. James Coates was 17th, Tom Cullen 28th, Robbie Pollard 32nd, Tony Kitching 53rd and Luke O’Connell 56th.

Chris Lawless of Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, the current National Criterium Champion and recently crowned National U23 Road Race Champion, won the Otley GP for the second successive year. Lawless was in a 7-man breakaway group for much of the race but after that group was brought back on the last lap his sprinting prowess gave him a well earned win.


Road Racing

The other two mainland countries were visited by some of our Juniors over June competing in events in Fife and Monmouthshire.

East and North East Fife were the locations for the Spokes Cycles/Limits Kingdom Junior Classic 2-stage event on 10th and 11th June, ridden by James Coates, Tom Cullen and Robbie Pollard.

Photographs courtesy of Ian Cullen.

In Stage 1, Robbie was 34th, James 68th, and Tom 69th. Places were slightly reversed on Stage 2, although Robbie was still the leading Otley rider in 49th place followed by Tom in 52nd and James in 60th. Overall, Robbie was 45th in 5 hours 25 minutes, Tom 57th in 5:55 and James 58th in 5:56.

25th June was the Family Vision Monmouthshire Junior Grand Prix, a 75 mile race for 1/2/3/4 category Junior riders only. Tom Cullen and Robbie Pollard were our representatives, finishing in 51st and 59th respectively.