Forget the Tour de Yorkshire – Otley CC is where the action’s at!

Ok, well maybe not completely forget the TdY, which comes through Otley three times – once for the women’s race 4th May, twice for the men’s 4th and 6th May – but it’s not only the professional riders enjoying their racing in the region, our riders continuing their success in 2018.

As always, chapeau to our riders for their performances and to those who have provided reports.

Before we move onto the hustle and bustle of road and circuit racing and mud-plugging cyclo-cross let’s start a little more sedately with some time trialling.

Stephen Broadley, following his excellent ride in the VTTA 25 8th April where he recorded 1:06.53, continued to improve his ‘10’ time with a 27:59 in the Ravensthorpe CC 10 on the V910 course Saturday 21st April. Stephen had previously recorded a 28:57 and a 29:13 in the two YCF 10s earlier this year on the same course so his form is obviously on track to put in some good times when the Triangle Series starts Thursday 3rd May. Full results and report courtesy of CTT and Snowdon Sports.

As always, it’s been a busy time in road and circuit racing not only pedalling but writing too.

CDPP (Cycling Development Pendle Partnership) Crit Series 2018

Otley riders were in action in the first and second round of this Thursday evening series on 19th and 26th April, held on the Steven Burke Sports Hub Cycling Circuit near Colne, named after Olympic Champion Steven Burke MBE.

George Radcliffe has provided another of his excellent reports on his event, the U16 Boys, in the 19th April event.

“Another race brought with it another day of especially warm weather. The Colne series is one I am particularly familiar with as I’d raced here several times last year and even claimed a few wins; most noticeably a 5KM solo effort which resulted in a 35 second lead on the line.

“The race began with a dodgy start as the person in front of me struggled to clip in. Despite the pace being fast it wasn’t too difficult to stay on. The main pack was made up of 10 riders including Jack Coates and Dexter Leeming-Sykes which meant all I had to do was stay on to get some points.

“There seemed to be a similar format to each lap. An attack would go and then it would be chased down within that lap. There were about 5 laps remaining when I decided to launch an attack myself. However this was soon reeled back in and it appeared that the race would end in a sprint.

“The laps ticked by as everyone was held in a stalemate; no one attempted to go within the last 3 laps as the pace was already relatively fast. Coming into the sprint I was quite far down in the group but I gave it my all and managed to claw back 2 places, one of which was on the line”.

Jack Coates was 3rd for 7 points, Dexter Leeming-Sykes 6th (4 points) and George’s last-ditch efforts saw him finish in 8th for 2 points.

In the E/1/2/3 event James Coates earned 6 points for an excellent 4th place.

James’ cousin Jack, doubling up in the 3/4 category race, although finishing 7th earned no points as he was riding outside his age group but a great result nevertheless. Harry Hunt was 8th for 2 points and Megan Cullen, mixing it with the males, was 25th.

Eleanor Hunt (U16 Girls) and Morgan Leeming-Sykes (U14 Girls) were both 4th in their respective races.

Full results courtesy of BC.

In the 26th April events our highest finishers were the girls, Eleanor Hunt and Lucy Ellmore 2nd for 2 points and 3rd for 1 point in the U16 Girls race and Morgan earning a point for 3rd in the U14 Girls.

Dexter and George repeated their results from the previous week in the U16 Boys race Dexter 6th (4 points) and George 8th (2 points).

Matthew Ellmore was 4th in the U14 Boys, earning 6 Points.

James Coates was 7th for 3 points in the 3/4 category race.

Jack Coates rode the 3/4 category once more finishing in a fantastic 3rd place but alas not scoring points.

Full results courtesy of BC.

3RT Day at the Races 2018 

Held Saturday 21st April on the York Sport Circuit.

In the E/1/2/3 event Tom Cullen was 13th for 3 points with James Coates one place behind and 1 point.

Again riding outside his usual category Jack Coates finished 6th but unfortunately no points once more.

Full results courtesy of BC.

NEYL (North East Youth League) 

Tyneside Vagabonds hosted the first round of this series Sunday 22nd April at Middlesbrough Sports Village, followed by Stockton Wheelers Sunday 29th April in Guisborough Town Centre on a 650m circuit.

In the 22nd April event Lucy Ellmore finished 3rd in the U16 Girls race for 1 point. In the U16 Boys Dexter Leeming-Sykes was 6th (4 points) with Matthew Ellmore finishing in the same position in the U14 Boys, also for 4 points.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Official results are still to be published for the 29th April event (provisional results received so far listed below) but in the meantime Lucy Ellmore has produced another excellent report and some photographs.

“Today’s round of the NEYL was a one-off town centre race at Guisborough around a short 650m circuit.

“My legs felt quite good and I got into a group with Matt and two U14 boys, from Stockton Wheelers, who refused to do any work on the front.

“I didn’t realise, but I led the U16 girls race for 47 out of 50 laps and was around half a lap (roughly 25 seconds) ahead of the girl in 2nd. I was riding round quite comfortably and the girls in 2nd and 3rd managed to catch me with 3 laps to go.

“It was left down to a last minute sprint in which I came 3rd. Although I am really pleased with 3rd, I could kick myself for not staying ahead of the other girls or starting the sprint earlier as I could have gone faster and the short, fast sprint didn’t suit me. The buildings made it hard to see where everyone else was on the circuit, so I wasn’t sure what position I was in and didn’t realise that the girls were catching me.

“I’m happy with how my first town centre race went, but I’m a bit frustrated knowing that I could have won. My next goal is to come 2nd or 1st, after being 3rd in the past 3 races”.

Provisional Otley riders results:

Youth A Girls – Lucy 3rd

Youth A Boys – Dexter 4th

Youth B Boys – Matthew 7th

Thanks to Lucy and to Jon Hunt for the information.

Following Photographs courtesy of David Leeming-Sykes.

Can you spot the Tour de Yorkshire connection?

Mossley CRT Early Bird Youth Races 3

Held Sunday 22nd April on the Tameside Circuit at Ashton under Lyne on the outskirts of Manchester, the event provided Eleanor Hunt with overall victory in the series after finishing 7th in the U16 Girls race and earning her 3 points.

Photographs courtesy of Jon Hunt.

Jack Coates earned himself 4 points for 6th place in the U16 Boys race with George Radcliffe in 16th.

Full results courtesy of BC.

TCDGRace League (Supported by Rapha) #4

Also on the Tameside Cycle Circuit but two days later on Tuesday 24th April and obviously a lucky circuit for Otley CC as Jack Coates stood on top of the podium this time, scoring 3 points for his victory.

Full results courtesy of BC.

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Circuit Championships

Tom Cullen, currently studying Sports Development and Business Mangement at York St John University, took part in these Championships at York Sport Saturday 28th April, riding the E/1/2/3 race. Here’s Tom’s report on his race. Photographs courtesy of Ian Cullen.

“Had a good go at Uni Crit Champs today, first time this season I’d tapered for a Crit and felt pretty good.

“Got in a few moves early on and attacked 5 times, was very windy though and we were caught. A 2-up attack went with 4 laps to go and I went with 2 to go to chase them down. Vitus Pro Cycling chased me down though and we had to sprint for 3rd place.

“I was shot and rolled in 9th. A little disappointed but still 7 points in the bag”.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Cyclo cross is back, the first round of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association (YCCA) Eleconline Summer Series 2018 held Wednesday 25th April at Newsome High School in Huddersfield.

Thanks to Stuart Hall for his brief report and to him and David Leeming-Sykes for photographs.

“For those that braved the journey (and the traffic!) it was a superb night’s racing in great conditions.

”The U14 course was quite tight, but with both fast and technical sections. Because of the evening time constraints, the races were extremely busy – the U14 race (incl U10, U12, U14) had 93 riders on the start line – and everyone had their work cut out to get through the field cleanly”.

We had 4 riders in the U14 race. Highest placed was Ruaridh Aylward (MU10) who was 2nd in his category, 27th overall, with sister Isla (FU10) 4th in her category, 79th overall. Oscar Hall (MU10) was 6th in his category, 44th overall and Morgan Leeming-Sykes (FU14) 6th in her category, 62nd overall.

Dexter Leeming-Sykes (MU16) was our sole representative in the Over 16 race, finishing 3rd in his category and 62nd overall.

Full results courtesy of YCCA.