Racing 39 – June 2016. Road racing with our Future Stars

The previous week has seen our Future Stars in road racing action in Ilkley, Colne and York.

The 2016 Ilkley Cycle Races, organised by Ilkley CC, took place Wednesday 22nd June. Held on a 1.5km circuit in the centre of the town, there were events for U14s, U16s, Women and Men.

Or best result came in the U14 Boys race where James Wordsworth, in a break of four riders for the majority of the race, secured an excellent 4th place and 4 points for his efforts.  Sam Howcroft secured the last point on offer by finishing in 9th place.  Joseph Pidcock of Chevin Trek was the race winner.

In the U14 Girls race Eleanor Hunt emulated James by also finishing 4th in her event, won by Ava-Oxley-Szilagyi of PH-MAS VCUK Women’s Cycling Team.

Megan Cullen and Sasha Kitching kept the flag flying for the Otley CC girls in the U16 Girls race, Megan finishing 8th for 2 points with Sasha one place behind and 1 point.  Georgia Ashworth of Cycle Sport Pendle was the victor.

The U16 Boys event didn’t reward the club with any points in a large field of 40 riders but Toby Kitching and Will Brown dug in to finish the race in 23rd and 33rd respectively.  Here’s Toby’s insight into how the race went for him.

“What a hard race at ilkley! I managed to stay with the front group for the first few laps until the hill became a bit too much.  I formed a three man group with other riders who had been dropped.  With 4 laps to go the pace increased and we dropped a rider but we gained another, Luke (O’Connell of East Bradford CC).  And on the final lap the front rider made an attack and I just managed to get on his wheel being two riders back and we pushed on with Joe Howcroft close behind us.  The finish came and I ended up just behind the other rider because trying sprinting with restricted gears is hard!  Overall was a good but hard race with a horrible hill! Nice to be back racing and well done to everyone else racing last night!”

The event was won by Dylan Westley of Chevin Trek.

Robbie Pollard (21st), James Coates (29th) and Julian Roche (30th) flew the club colours in the 3/4 Category Race in which 18 of the 58 starters didn’t finish. Harrogate Nova CC’s Thomas Denwood took top spot.

With no Otley CC riders in the Women’s race, won by Rebecca Womersley of new women’s team Drops Cycling, Tom Cullen was our remaining representative, riding the Elite/1/2 category event.  To add to what might seem a daunting prospect, riding with some of the best riders in the country, one of them being Scott Thwaites, Commonwealth Games medalist, continental classics rider and of course a local lad, Tom had to borrow a bike after a problem occurred with his earlier in the week that couldn’t be fixed in time.  Grateful thanks to Neil Hendry for helping him out.  Tom eventually finished the race in 34th place.

Well ridden to all Otley CC riders, all good training for the Otley Cycle Races on Wednesday 29th June!

Full results on the BC website here.  Photographs courtesy of Martin Pollard.

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The following day in the 12th round of the CDPP Crit Series at the Steven Burke Circuit James Coates kept the points coming when he scored 5 points for 5th place in the 3/4 category race.

Zoe Kitching rode the York Cycleworks Ladies Summer Circuit Race 2016 on Saturday 25th June and here’s her report and photograph from Facebook.

“So today I took part in York Cycle Works women’s circuit race and came about 9 or 10th. It was a relentless competitive race with a superb field. I bridged a gap to a break away due to some quality cornering but unfortunately we didn’t cooperate well enough to keep it going so where swallowed up by the group. Other than being a bit windy (which it always is at York track) the weather conditions where good. Definitely the best bit of women’s racing I’ve done and it was great to get back out there”.

Zoe describes this as "Only picture I'm not creeping about at the back"...

Zoe describes this as “Only picture I’m not creeping about at the back”…