Road racing for the younger members

The Easter weekend saw the younger members of the club taking part in road racing, from the much younger to those who can still – just in some cases – be classed as Juniors.

The Mini-Flyers enjoyed Race Day 3 at York Sport Circuit on Good Friday. Thanks again to Rob Wilks via the Mini-Flyers Facebook page for the report and photographs.

A Good Friday at The Yorkshire Races

A good sized mini-flyers race team was assembled at York, for the last in the series of this year’s Yorkshire Day at The Races, only a couple short of our full contingent! The conditions were dry and not too much wind, so we anticipated some fast racing. Daniel and Amy were up first in the u8 race, a competitive field lined up for the start and they were off. Some early attacks by the boys were defended well by Daniel, who then made the decisive move, accelerating away and maintaining the lead for the next two laps, despite some strong chasing – another great victory in an almost ‘Van Avermaet’ style! Amy pedalled well in her race and showed a real turn of speed into the straights, the experience of the other riders showed, but as usual the biggest smile was hers, along with second place.

The u10 boys were up next in a very large field. Alex, Jack and Ned all lined up and as the whistle went, accelerated away. New clip pedals for Ned caused a bit of hesitation and this meant he missed the group, Jack at the back of the grid negotiated traffic and settled in a middle group whilst Alex managed to get in a chase group to the leaders. All the boys pedalled well and certainly improved on their last two showings, finishing mid-table but learning a lot.

Our full team of U12 girls were up next with Poppy, Emily and Isobel taking their places. As in the first races a blistering start created a big group at the front, which Isobel got in and held until around lap 6 when a series of attacks broke it apart and she ended up chasing but unable to catch. A steady ride to the end gave her third place. Emily, just missing the big group worked well with two of the boys and pedalled hard, eventually dropping both and racing alone to a fourth place. Poppy had a very lonely race but importantly never gave up and finished in a well earned fifth.

A pretty good day for the mini-flyer race team, with three podiums and most importantly lots of fun! They have definitely earned some Easter chocolate!!


After the Mini-Flyers RR success it was the turn of the Junior Race Team, not forgetting of course the success of the team’s Toby Kitching and Harry Hunt the day before in our Open 10 out near Boroughbridge, riding the FTR Militag Spring Classic at Saxton in North Yorkshire. Robbie Pollard and Tom Cullen ride the 58-mile event for 2/3/4 category riders.

Tom Cullen takes up the story (from the Junior Race Team Facebook page).

‘The race was run on a lumpy and open course with a short steep climb inside the last mile of each lap followed by a steady descent before a fast drag to the line.

Tom reports:

Me and Robbie were up for the race and weren’t put off by the 7’C, wind and rain weather – pretty much the Dales Jan to Feb!

We had plan, Robbie to follow some moves to see if he could get in a breakaway and myself to attack up the main climb in a bid to win.

Mid race I decided was the time to go, I accelerated hard up the climb and gapped the field quickly with one other rider joining me. A chasing group of 5 weren’t far behind which included Robbie but as soon as we were on the descent the race was stopped! Too many riders were crossing the white line and our breakaway was lost.

For the remainder of the race I sat near the back, Robbie however still with the plan of getting in a move rarely left the front 10. Unfortunately no moves got a sizeable gap and heading into the last lap the race was all together.

Heading into the last ascent of the climb I knew I had to attack, I went for it and to my surprise I quickly gained a decent gap so I committed to it. One other rider came across to me and with only 3/4 of a mile to go we had to go for it, unfortunately it wasn’t to be and we were caught at the bottom of the descent perhaps out done by our junior gears (but mostly dead legs!)

Only 20 seconds after we were caught the sprint was on, I felt my earlier attack in my legs but being high up in the bunch and a big crash behind helped me gain a respectable 9th place. Robbie unfortunately wasn’t as lucky and was forced into the verge due to the same crash still finishing in the top 20 out of 70 at 18th place.’

Results available on the BC website here.

Photographs courtesy of Martin Pollard.