OCC Race Team

After a successful 2016 racing season the club Junior & Youth Race Team is looking forward to a bigger and better season in 2017.
Last season the team was supported by the club and by Chevin Cycles Ltd. This season sees cycling equipment supplier MaxGear Ltd (clothing), through their VeloChampion brand, and Tom Murray Sports (coaching) also come on board with sponsorship for two years.  We are grateful to our sponsors for the support they are providing to the team.

Look out for news and results throughout the year!

The Teams

Junior Team

James Coates

James Coates

2nd year Junior 3rd category rider

Background 

I have a background of running and triathlons and I’ve been cycling for 4 years. Last year I got 39 BC points, 1 off being a 2nd cat.

Aspirations for 2017

This year I would like to win the Bowland road race and finish a top 10 in a national race.

Harry Hunt

Harry Hunt

 1st year Junior 3rd category rider

Background

Last year me and a friend completed Lands End to John O’Groats unaccompanied. Focused on GCSE’s and LEJOG so only managed to do a couple of Time Trials. 10 mile TT PB- 24.51.25 mile TT PB- 1:02.14

Aspirations for 2017 season

This year I want to get back into racing and improve my time trailing and  hill climbing ability for the long road races. I’m really looking forward to helping the team. My focus will be to get stronger ready for 2018 season

Luke O'Connell

Luke O’Connell

1st year Junior 3rd category rider

Background

Last year I did most of the nationals with my best place being 24th at Hillingdon. As an U16 I managed to get 53 points and dispensation to ride adult races at the end of the season.

Aspirations for 2017 season

To be competitive on the road and get on the podium in some of the regional circuit races. Really want to progress in the National Junior races, staying in the front  group with a really good result at Scarborough. It’s a hilly course and I think it suits me.

Toby Kitching

Toby Kitching

1st year Junior 3rd category rider

Background

3rd in west riding track league
2nd BSCA national grass track
Broke 30mins on the pool triangle TT

2017 aspirations

Beat personal best TT time at triangle and 10 mile, finish on the podium at York races, get my 2nd category racing licence and do well in a National Junior event.

Tom Cullen

Tom Cullen

2nd year Junior 2nd  category rider

Background

87 Points Road and Track 2016, Regional C 2/3/4 York Circuit Win. Club Junior 10 m TT with 20.28
1st 400m Summer Gills Cup, Top 10 and 1st Junior in the Tour of Lammermuis Regional A

2017 aspirations

Big hopes for this year including; Top 10 in Junior National Series races
Top 10 national B E/1/2 Road Race & Top 25 national A E/1/2 Road Race
Get round an Elite Circuit Series race with the Professionals and either win Otley Classic Town Centre or help teammate to win it.

Robbie Pollard

Robbie Pollard

2nd year Junior 2nd  category rider

Background

Last year I really developed as a rider doing well in criteriums getting on the podium  three times. In longer road races  I had a string of good rides and gained my 2nd cat licence

2017 aspirations

I want to win one of the big town centres, win a regional A road race and do well in the national junior series

 

U16 Youth Boys

Dylan Lyons

Dylan Lyons

1st year Youth U16

 Background

I began racing last year doing  2 White Rose criteriums, Otley CC’s 2 stage hill climb and a couple of the triangle time trials.

 Aspirations

This year I want to be more competitive in the criteriums, sample the  town centre races and national series races.  I want to race regularly to build my confidence and performance.

Sam Howcroft

Sam Howcroft

1st year Youth U16

 Background

Last year came 1st U14 at Colne race circuit, had a 3rd in Yorkshire cyclocross and a lot of crashes (Dad kept busy fixing bike)

Aspirations

Really excited about the racing season ahead. I hope that the team and I can help one and another to achieve our best and to stay in one piece.

Will Brown

William Brown

2nd year Youth U16

Background

Last year I had a 3rd place and multiple 4th places at WRYL York, Grass track regional fixed u16 1st. Also I got round Ilkley, Otley and Skipton town centres.

Aspirations

Now that I’m a second year U16 I hope to achieve further podiums in WYRL races and some decent positions in the town centres. Also looking at participation in national level events and  some local time trials. Competing as much as possible while giving good focus to my GCSE’s.

Ruari Waterworth

Ruari Waterworth

1st year Youth U16

Background

Competed in road circuit and time trials last year. Getting 2nd placed U16 in OCC 2 stage hill climb
Aspirations for 2017

Be competitive in White Rose criteriums Colne league, town centres and Youth national series. Also improve my  time trials. Basically going to race as much as I can and do every race which comes my way.

James Wordsworth

James Wordsworth

1st year Youth U16

 Background

Last year as an U14 rider I won Skipton town centre criterium, came 4th in Ilkley and had several top 5’s across Elland and York WRYL circuit races gaining 40 BC points. Also won 1st U16  at OCC hill climb.

 Aspirations

Looking to improve and compete as youth A rider. Top 10 in local criteriums and town centres and get a top 20 in a national series

James Veitch

James Veitch

2nd year U16

Background

At the beginning of last year I struggled to stay with the bunch, by the end of the season I was finishing in the top 5. I rode at Otley and many circuit races at York and in the North East.

 Aspirations

This season I’m hoping to get some early season results in before GCSEs

U16 Youth Girls

Megan Cullen

Megan Cullen

2nd year youth U16
Background

In the past I have done a lot of circuit racing and most of the local town centres, getting on the podium a few times. As U14 rider I won the white rose league in 2014.

Aspirations for 2017

This year I’m looking forward to racing at the town centre criteriums and on Leeds new race circuit and are hopeful about being competitive in national series events.

Sasha Kitching

Sasha Kitching

2nd year Youth U16
Background

Last year I did well in grass track at the West riding track league where I have won quite a few times. I also competed in most of the local town centres criteriums.

Aspirations for 2017

I am keen to improve my fitness and to develop racing ability so I can be competitive in more races.

The Sponsors

Chevin Cycles
Tom Murray Sports VeloChampion