Is there any stopping our younger racers?

The simple answer is, fortunately, no. Their committment and enthusiasm certainly knows no bounds at present.

Time Trialling

Joe Howcroft reinforced his time trialling prowess Saturday 28th April when he rode to a PB in the Birdwell Wheelers 25-mile TT on Saturday on the O25/11 course based at Hatfield Woodhouse near Doncaster and using the A18 and A614. Described by dad Tim as not a particularly fast course but Joe, the youngest rider in the event, still managed managed a 25mph ride with 58:56.

Fastest overall was Madison Genesis pro Connor Swift, preparing for his ride in the TdY, with a course record time of 50:53.

Kirsty Bramley of Team Swift was fastest woman in 1:00:52.

Full results and report courtesy of CTT and Snowdon Sports.

Road and Circuit Racing

The same day Joe was setting his PB many of our future stars were riding at the Brownlee Centre in the albaRosa CC Summer Series #1 races.

With Otley CC colours represented in eight of the events there were plenty of good results and plenty to smile about.

James Coates earned 6 points, the club’s highest individual score of the night, for his 10th place in the E/1/2/3 event.

Jack Coates rode two events. He was our highest placed rider, being the victor in the U16 Boys for 3 points, along with Dexter Leeming-Sykes in 6th and George Radcliffe in 7th. Jack again moved up a category for the other event, meaning he couldn’t be awarded points, and finished in 5th in the 3/4 category event, riding with many riders much older than him. No points but good experience and showing Jack’s potential.

Isobel Wilks was 3rd in the U14 Girls, earning 1 point, with Morgan Leeming-Sykes in 4th.

In the U12 Girls Emily Middlebrooke was 3rd, Alex Hodgkins 8th in the corresponding Boys event.

Keeping up the good results for the girls, Amy Hodgkins was 3rd in the U10 Girls. Oscar Hall as 7th and Daniel Middlebrooke 8th in the U10 Boys.

Thanks to Rob Wilks for a report on the U14 Girls and U12 events and to Rob and Jonathan Hodgkins for photographs.

“It was the first circuit race of the season for Isobel Wilks in her new U14 age group. Mo Leeming-Sykes also lined up for Otley.

“A very windy, cold day was masked by bright sunshine but didn’t make the racing easy. The U14 Girls were put with the U16 Girls. With experienced U16 racers in the pack the pace was fast from the start.

“Anywhere out of the pack was tough and as attacks came up the hill on every lap, riders popped off the back throughout.

“Isobel hung on for half the race and did enough to make the podium in third place, some lessons learnt along the way”.

“Jack Wilks battled hard in the U12 Boys, but the fast paced start caught a few riders out and two early packs formed at the front, with others strung out behind.

“It was good to see Jack team up with James Luxton to make the experience out of the pack more enjoyable and a strong finish was accompanied with a big smile!”

Full results courtesy of BC.

On May Day Tuesday 1st May Tom Cullen rode in the first the club sponsor’s 2018 events, the Chevin Cycles Evening Road Race Series. The series is for E/1/2/3/4 category riders and is handicapped to give lower category riders a chance of winning.

Based at Bishops Wood near Selby, the first race covered 40 miles. Tom was 4th, earning him 6 points, and said of the event “…fast aggressive racing in strong winds meant a reduced bunch sprinting for the line”.

Our BC Representative and Go Ride Coordinator Barry Atha commented on Tom’s performance saying “Well done Tom, it’s a real pity you didn’t claim 3rd. The 2nd cat guys from wave 4 were almost 5 minutes adrift so you made a fantastic performance to finish fourth. Cracking performance in Otley blue“.

Full results courtesy of BC.

The same day, Jack Coates was adding to his tally of points in the TCDG Race League (Supported by Rapha) #5 in Ashton under Lyne on the Tameside circuit. Riding the U16 Boys event Jack took 8 points for 2nd place and is now ranked 7th nationally with 85 points in the Youth A category.

Full results courtesy of BC.

White Rose Youth League 2018 Wednesday League (WRYL) round 2 was held Wednesday 2nd May, this time at the BKCAT Circuit in Wakefield.

George Radcliffe reports.

“The strong wind meant people were reluctant to commit to working. With about 5 laps to go 2 riders went off the front; it would have been suicidal to try follow it.

“By this time it was dark and visibility was restricted. Coming into the final 1/4 of a lap a rider began to make a move and I stuck to his wheel before out-sprinting him for 4th”.

Full results are still to be published and will be updated when available.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Radcliffe.

In action for the third consecutive day Otley riders were in the thick of the action again, this time in the CDPP Crit Series 2018 #3 at the Steven Burke Sports Hub Cycling Circuit. Photographs courtesy of Otley CC Race Team Twitter page.

Our two highest placed riders were in the U16 Girls event with Eleanor Hunt the victor, capturing 3 points, and Lucy Ellmore 2nd for 2 points.

Here’s Lucy’s report on her and Eleanor’s race.

“Tonight’s race at Nelson went well and my legs felt good. The pace for the first 5-6 laps was slow and I was in a group with all the U16s.

“Eventually, there was an attack, which split the group up, so I was in a group with Eleanor, another girl and three boys. Eleanor attacked and I managed to catch up with her, where we formed a breakaway from our small group.

“We stayed ahead for a few laps, but the others were catching us, so we decided to wait for the group. The boys kept attacking, but we kept bringing them back, so we ended up staying as a group of six for the sprint.

“I attacked early, as I prefer a longer sprint and the boy on the front also started to sprint, so I patched onto his wheel. I was spinning flat out in my highest gear, but my legs were fatiguing and Eleanor managed to come past me, beating me to the line.

“I came 2nd (and Eleanor 1st) which I am happy with as it’s the first time that I have come 2nd”.

Morgan Leeming-Sykes was 4th now the U14 Girls and in the U16 Boys Dexter Leeming-Sykes was 5th.

Jack Coates, who has ridden two events in previous editions, the U16 Boys and the 3/4 category, only rode the latter this time and finished 4th but alas, no points. Harry Hunt was 19th for 1 point and Megan Cullen, mixing it with her Male counterparts, was 21st.

Full results courtesy of BC.

6 May 2018