More early season racing success for our younger riders and regional coaching news

Our Race Team started the season well on Saturday 13th January and that success has been followed up with further great results from even more of our younger riders. And some of our Race Team have been chosen by British Cycling for regional coaching.


James Coates of the U23 Team had a 9th place 27th January at the Velo29 Winter Series 2018 Round 2 at Croft Motor Racing Circuit, followed by a 4th at the Wakefield Cycle Circuit Winter Series 1 3rd February.

Junior Male Team rider Luke O’Connell joined James for Round 3 of the Velo29 Series on 10th February and the 2nd Round of the Wakefield Series on 17th February. At the Velo29 event riding the E/1/2/3/4 category event James was 11th and Luke 20th. Luke podiumed at Wakefield, finishing 3rd in the 3/4 category event, with James 7th riding the E/1/2/3 event.

Luke then rode Round 5 of the Velo29 Series, finishing 15th in the E/1/2/3 event 24th February.

Both James and Luke have done well so early in the season and riding against higher category opponents.

The first of the Leeds Youth Cluster Go Ride Racing Series was held at the Brownlee Centre 17th February. These are races for U8, U10 and U12 girls and boys who want to try racing or gain more experience with the emphasis on having fun.

Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Hodgkins.

In the U10 Girls Isla Aylward had two second places and Amy Hodgkins two third places. After the first round Isla is 2nd overall with 16 points and Amy is 3rd with 12 points.

Oscar Hall had a 2nd and a 3rd in the U10 Boys. Ruaridh Aylward had just one result, finishing 2nd in his race. Oscar is 2nd overall with 14 points and Ruaridh is 2nd overall with 8 points.

Alex Hodgkins was our rider in the U12 Boys with a 6th and a 7th. Alex is 6th overall with 2 points.


British Cycling Regional School of Racing (RSR) coaching is made available to riders aged 12-15, both boys and girls. Riders are nominated by club coaches and traditionally Otley CC has been successful in only getting girls on the courses.

2018 is different as alongside two successful girls we now have four boys who will receive the coaching. The six are:

Lucy Ellmore

Eleanor Hunt

Jack Coates

Dexter Leeming-Sykes

George Radcliffe

James Wordsworth

That’s double the number from a couple of years ago when three girls represented the club.

This is fantastic news for the club and is not only credit to the riders but also to our coaching teams who put in a lot of hard work helping maintain our younger riders success.

As Team Manager Ian Cullen says, ‘This is the first step of BC Olympic Pathway programme’ so good luck to those who have been chosen. Could one of them be the next Lizzie Deignan or Scott Thwaites?

More information on RSR can be found in this link to the BC website.