Circuit racing – mid-week points fest and an Easter catch-up

Easter was certainly a busy time for racing and in addition to several races already reported on, the Hunt family took a trip to Wiltshire for siblings Eleanor and Harry to ride, plus riders had early success this week nearer home including a win at York on an evening Otley riders took no less than 34 points.

Travelling south west hoping to find some warmer weather but being bitterly disappointed, Eleanor and Harry rode the Castle Combe Easter Classic on Good Friday, a closed circuit event held on the Castle Combe motor racing circuit in Wiltshire.

Eleanor, riding the U16 Girls event, and Harry (3rd Cat only), have both written about their racing exploit in the not-so-glorious Easter weather. Photographs courtesy of Jon Hunt.

Eleanor: “After being up since 4:15am and a long drive we finally pulled into Castle Combe Racing Circuit Car Park. It was cold and it was wet, it would appear no matter how far we drove the Yorkshire weather would follow us.

“The race began with an awful start but I managed to overtake the field of 20 and make my way to the front of the bunch. The pace was steady with a couple attacks to liven it up but all the excitement was left for the sprint.

“I was in a good position going into the finish but the legs were cold and didn’t want to play so I ended up near the back in around 15th”.

Eeh, it’s grim down south!

Harry: “We woke early and arrived for signing on at around 10, the weather rainy and just above freezing. In the 3rd cat only race there was a large bunch of around 80 riders ready for just over 45 minutes of racing around the 1.8 mile circuit.

“The shorter length meant the racing was fast straight away with an immediate attack and crash before the first corner. There was the usual attack and string out, then slow down and bunch repetition with spray making for sketchy conditions especially in the chicane.

“As no break got away and the bunch stayed mainly together during the last 3 laps, group positioning was key and I got onto the front and quickly returned to shelter in the group.

“With 2 to go I was in a good position for the sprint, however a rider in front of me eased off and started going backwards taking me with him.

”In the last lap I found myself trying to regain lost positions into the top half, then with 400m to go a crash took out a few riders in front of me, but on the left, so I launched my sprint and managed to scrape in to the top 20.

“It was good to know I have a strong sprint as I was gaining on the front 10 but just not staying near enough the front in the last lap annoyingly cost me a better result”.

On Tuesday 3rd April, Otley CC riders were circuit racing at York and at Ashton under Lyne.

In the York Sport Evening Crit Race 1 for U16 Boys, James Wordsworth took the win, scoring 10 points, with George Radcliffe taking 5 points for 5th place. Keeping it in the family, Paul Wordsworth finished 6th in the U14 Boys race, gaining him 4 points.

In the 2/3/4 category race Tom Cullen was 3rd, complementing his 3rd on stage 2 and 7th overall in the iMann Easter 2 Day, and Robbie Pollard 6th for 10 and 5 points respectively.

Results from the BC website.

Photograph courtesy of Otley CC Race Team Twitter.

Over the border in Lancashire at the TCDG Race League (Supported by Rapha) #1 on the Tameside Cycle Circuit Jack Coates earned himself 6 points for 4th place in the U16 Boys race.

That gives Jack 41 points in total so far for 2018 in the Youth National A category, a good start after moving up from the B category which he won overall in 2017.

Results from the BC website.