Greg Van Avermaet might well be leading both the UCI World Ranking and UCI World Tour at the time of writing but much closer to home Otley CCs Jack Coates is currently National Number One in the British Cycling Youth Category B rankings with 290 points, a hefty 81 ahead of his nearest rival, Joshua Clough of Cycle Sport Pendle.
Jack, a year 8 pupil at Bingley Grammar, has performed well at closed circuits such as the Steven Burke Sports Hub, the Brooksbank Cycle Circuit & the Tameside Circuit and local town centre races at Ilkley and Skipton in the U14 Boys category.
Since March, Jack has won 12 events, finishing second in 14 and third in 10. Jack’s lowest points scoring placing is 11th.
Dad Sean says Jack took to cycling straight away and that he’s one of those lucky individuals who is naturally gifted. Although riding in the U14 Boys category Jack hopes to ride U16 and other Junior events throughout the year.
Perhaps Jack can go on to emulate the success of local stars Lizzie Deignan, our Patron, and Tour de France rider Scott Thwaites from Ilkley.
Of course, Jack’s not always finished on top and it’s good to be able to report that two other Otley riders have often stood on the podium with him, Dexter Leeming-Sykes and George Radcliffe sharing the spoils too, their success propelling them into the top 20 in the National standings.
Dexter is 15th on 117 points with George on 102 for 20th place. Check the Racing News section of the club website for more of Dexter’s and George’s racing success – and Jack’s of course.
Three riders in the top 20 of the National Rankings is a fantastic achievement, not matched by any other club in their category. A huge ‘Chapeau’ boys, keep up the fantastic work!
It goes without saying that thanks are due to their parents for supporting Jack, Dexter and George, not least for giving up their time to take them racing. Without that support there’d be no points.