Racing variety the spice of life

Otley riders have been circuit racing, grass tracking, cyclo crossing  and time trialling again during the week.


Jack Coates and Dexter Leeming-Sykes once again were at the head of affairs in road racing, this time in the North East Youth League (NEYL) Round 6 on 2nd July organised by Newcastle Phoenix CC on the 1km Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit at Middlesborough Sports Village. Jack added to his large tally of points – Jack is the leading rider nationally in the British Cycling Youth B category, currently with 278 points – when he took 2nd place in the U14 Boys for a further 8, Dexter earning 6 points for 4th place.

Photographs courtesy of Dexter Leeming-Sykes.

In the Skipton Youth Cycle Races on 5th July Otley riders amassed a total 16 points.

Our highest placed rider was Eleanor Hunt, victor in the U14 Girls category for 3 points. In the U14 Boys category, three riders scored points. Jack Coates (there he is again!) took 4 points for 6th, George Radcliffe was 8th taking 2 points with Dexter Leeming-Sykes one place behind for 1 point.

Megan Cullen was 5th in the U16 Girls for the highest individual points score of the night (5) and James Wordsworth took 1 point for 10th in the U16 Boys.

Photographs courtesy of Carolyn Nelson and David Leeming-Sykes

In the White Rose Youth League – Thursday League 5 at the York Sport Circuit on Thursday 6th July, Will Brown picked up 2 points for 2nd place in the U16 Boys race.

On to Saturday 8th July and the JSL Vehicle Repairers July Crits at Middlesbrough Sports Village. Jack Coates continued his winning ways, earning 3 points for 1st in the U14 Boys, teammate Dexter Leeming-Sykes in 2nd for 2 points. Morgan Leeming-Sykes finished 2nd in the U12 Girls.

Photographs courtesy of David Leeming-Sykes


The West Riding Track League hosted the Yorkshire British Cycling Regional Fixed Wheel Regional Grass Track Championship for Seniors, Women, Masters, Juniors and Under 14 & Under 16 Boys & Girls on Monday 3rd July with a Otley riders showing continued good form at the discipline.

In the Regional Championships, Eleanor Hunt took the win in the U14 Girls race and James Coates was 3rd in the U16 Boys. Harry Hunt took 3rd in the 5k Endurance Championship and 4th in the Summersgill Sprint Cup.

In the supporting events, Eleanor was 1st in the U14 Girls warm up while in the Boys & Mens warm up Harry was 6th and James Allen 13th. James took 5th equal in the U14/U16 Devil with Eleanor one place behind. Harry was 4th in the Adult Devil. In the Handicap events, Eleanor was 2nd and James 10th the U14/U16 category and Harry 2nd in the Adult equivalent.

Photographs courtesy of the WRTL Facebook Page.


Otley CC riders have competed in two Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association (YCCA) events recently, one at Littlemoor Park in Bradford on Wednesday 5th July, the other on Sunday 9th July in Wharfemeadows Park in Otley.

The Littlemoor event was Round 6 in the YCCA Summer Series and prolific points scorer Ben Houlihan netted more when riding the Under 14 race. Ben, riding in the Male U14 category, rode to 2nd overall and 2nd in his category. James Cullen and Peter Middlemiss rode the Over 14 race in the Male Vet 50 category, James finishing 78th overall, 11th in his category, Peter 101st overall and 16th in the category.

The Otley ‘cross was a stand alone event, no points awarded towards the Summer Cross series. That’s unfortunate as Ben, riding the Youth race, was 2nd again overall and 1st in his category (MU14). Dexter Leeming-Sykes, also riding as a MU14, was 6th overall and 4th in his category.

In the Under 8 race, Isla Aylward (FU8) was 8th overall and 1st in her category and Oliver James (MU8) was 20th overall, 15th in his category.

Ruaridh Aylward (MU10) rode the Under 12 race and finished 11th overall and 6th in his category.

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Johnson via Dexter Leeming-Sykes Facebook page.


25 miles and double that distance TTs were experienced by Otley riders Saturday 8th and Sun9th July, the latter being our own 50-mile Open TT and both based on the A168 near Boroughbridge.

Valley Striders CC organised the Open 25-mile TT on the Saturday using the V235 course. Fastest OCC rider on the day was Claire  Jessop in 1:08:59 followed by Helen Goldthorpe in 1:09:27, thankfully making it to the event after car problems recently, with Greg Jessop next in 1:10:44. Coming virtually straight from a non-cycling break in Sorrento Liz Hills recorded 1:15:42. James Allen, riding his first 25 since the club 25 Champs, recorded 1:19:21. John Churchman was a non-starter but considering he would have his hands full acting as chief marshal the next day for our event it was probably a wise decision.

Fastest overall was Team Swift rider Richard Dean in 53:39. Vicky Jowett of albaRosa CC recorded 1:00:47 was fastest woman. Full results from the CTT website.

The following day it was our own Otley CC Open 50-mile TT, organised by James Cullen, who also rode the event.

James and chief marshal John had their work cut out over the weekend as traffic cones on the original course necessitated a switch to an alternative, the start in the same place as the Valley Striders CC 25 the day before. Fortunately, good forward planning, notifying riders, timekeepers, marshals and helpers at the time of sending out the start list that a switch to an alternative course might be needed, kept disruption to an absolute minimum. And as a bonus, the sun shone and the conditions were relatively calm.

Not only did he organise the event but James was also our fastest rider in 2:09:51. Jonathan Hobbs was the next OCC rider in 2:11:38, followed by Claire Jessop, riding her second event in 24 hours, with 2:27:25.

The overall winner was Steven Ayres of Bronte Wheelers in 1:50:13. Vicky Jowett, albaRosa CC, was the women’s victor again with 2:08:51. The only tandem ridden by Mike and Elie Furby of Valley Striders recorded 2:27:59.

Full results from the CTT website and report courtesy of CTT/Snowdon Sports.

Thank you to James for organising the event, to John for managing the marshals, to the timekeepers Joyce and Keith Webb and to all the marshals and helpers.