A Right Royal Mix

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There’s been something happening recently that we’ve all been waiting to read about. Yes, of course, it’s how our happy band of racers has performed recently. What else would you think we’re referring to? Although, that racing chap Simon Yates is doing rather well in the Giro d’Italia if you hadn’t noticed.

As ever, there’s a mix of racing to report on, including the return of grass track, time trialling, circuit racing and stage racing and there have been some excellent performances of which everyone competing should be proud.

Grass Track

Photographs courtesy of Otley CC and Stuart Hall.

The 2018 West Riding Track League (WRTL) started 14th May. WRTL has long been a favourite series for Otley riders, particularly for our younger racers who can enjoy competitive racing in a safer environment on the Roundhay  Park track.

Split into Free Wheel (Under 12s) and Fixed Wheel (Over 12s) races, Otley was represented in almost every race.

Free Wheel

Under 8


Jacob Peacock 9th, 9th & 10th

Under 10


Amber Peacock 2nd, 5th & 6th

Geniveve Schubert 3rd, 4th & 5th


Ruaridh Aylward 2nd, 3rd & 3rd

Oscar Hall 4th, 4th & 5th

Daniel Middlebrooke 4th, 5th & 5th

Under 12


Emily Middlebrooke 1st & 7th

Poppy Peacock 4th & 5th


James Luxton 4th & 4th

Jack Wilks 3rd & 3rd

Full Free Wheel results courtesy of WRTL.

Fixed Wheel

Group 4 & Women

Eleanor Hunt 1st Woman

Isobel Wilks 2nd Woman

Block Handicap

George Radcliffe 1st


Eleanor Hunt 1st

Isobel Wilks 17th

Women/Girls Sprint

Eleanor Hunt 1st

Isobel Wilks 4th

Handicap All Riders

George Radcliffe 1st

Unknown Distance

George Radcliffe 3rd

Eleanor Hunt 9th

Isobel Wilks 11th

Full Fixed Wheel results courtesy of WRTL.

Time Trialling

The corsaRosa League first round was held Sunday 13th May, using the flatter – but much more complicated – of the two courses, the V818, starting and finishing in Ben Rhydding and using the Burley and Otley bypasses. A fine day was enjoyed by all, of a  little chilly that early on a Sunday morning, a headwind on the return leg, with the Burley bypass covered twice, testing the riders.

Seven Otley riders competed, fastest of them being James Cullen with 25:37. George Radcliffe recorded 26:30 and was first Youth, dad Chris close behind in 27:08. With a ride of 27:55 Helen Coutie was first Woman. John Barnett recorded 28:38, Andrew Bolton, recovering from broken ribs, finished in 29:45 and David Bennett, successfully completed his first TT, finishing in 33:02.

Full results courtesy of corsaRosa Facebook page. Click on Event 1. The next event is Sunday 27th May on the Hilly V810 course.

Thank you to all who ensured the event went well, including club President Liz Hills, on timekeeping duties for the first time. Thank you also to La Stazione for providing the HQ and for much enjoyed refreshments afterwards.

Claire Jessop’s and Helen Goldthorpe’s good start to the season continued with individual and team success in the Bridlington CC 25 Sunday 20th May. The race was held on V433 course using the A165 with headquarters at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club (can you spot the reference to Otley?) in Wilsthorpe.

Photographs courtesy of Liam Mealey and Greg Jessop.

Claire finished in 1:05:29 for the 2nd Woman award, behind Ilkley CCs Hannah Benson (1:04:48), and Helen in 1:07:52. Both recorded PBs on that course with the result that their combined times gave them the first Women’s team award. But the success doesn’t end there.

Following their rides, Claire and Helen are now currently in 1st and 3rd places respectively in the Women’s 2018 Yorkshire Cycling Federation (YCF) Sporting Courses (SpoCo) competition. Claire has 3,350 points, Helen 2,229, with Hannah Benson in 2nd place on 2,240.

Circuit Racing

Jack Coates continued his success on the Tameside circuit in Ashton under Lyne in the TCDG Race League (Supported by Rapha) #7 Tuesday 15th May with 4th in the U16 Boys race. Sadly, with only 6 riders in the race Jack was denied points again, although previous placings for which Jack couldn’t be awarded points were in events in which he moved up a category.

Full results courtesy of BC.

12 points was the total won by Otley riders in the White Rose Youth League 2018 Wednesday League 3 Wednesday 16th May on the Hammerstones circuit in Halifax.

In the U16 Boys race, George Radcliffe won 6 points for 4th place, with Ben Houlihan one place behind for 5 points.

Paul Wordsworth rode the U14 Boys event winning 1 point for 10th.

In the U10 Boys race Ruaridh Aylward finished in 5th place.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Round 4 of the North East Youth League took place Sunday 20th May at Middlesbrough Sports Village, organised once again by Tyneside Vagabonds CC. Dexter Leeming-Sykes finished 3rd for 7 points in the U16 Boys race with sister Morgan also 3rd in her event, the U14 Girls, earning her 1 point.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Dexter has written about his race.

“I raced on Sunday at the Middlesbrough Circuit in round 4 of the North East Youth League. It was a really hot day and it felt good to be warming up and racing without extra layers.

“Youth A and B raced together with the U16 boys getting off to a fast start before settling down. There were at least ten riders in my category and most of our group stayed together with the odd attack off the front but nothing stuck.

“With about 2 laps to go I was feeling strong and attacked taking another rider with me and we worked together until the final lap when 3 or 4 of the chasing group managed to bridge but a least we were in a good position for the final bend. It was a long sprint to the line and I came away with 3rd.

“Happy with my performance on the day and looking forward to the next race”.

Well done Dexter on your report and performance.

Photograph courtesy of David Leeming-Sykes.

Stage Racing

It’s not only the pros in the GIro enjoying, if that’s the right word, stage racing at present. Four of our riders took part in the superbly organised Ilkley 2-Day based at Darley, held Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May.

A tough event for teams of three, squeezing in 4 stages over the 2 days, starting on the Saturday with an individual 2 mile TT followed by a 44 mile road stage. Sunday’s action started with a 5 mile Team Time Trial (TTT), finishing in the afternoon with a 37 mile road stage.

James Coates, Robbie Pollard and Tom Cullen represented Otley CC, with Joe Howcroft riding as a member of the Yorkshire composite team along with Matt Taylor of Albion Cycling Co and Jenson Young of Giant Halifax Race Team and managed by Ian O’Brien.

James has written an excellent report on his team’s performance in the race. Photographs courtesy of the Race Team Twitter page and Tim Howcroft.

“Cracking weekend racing around Yorkshire, in the sunshine for once. 

“Stage 1 was an individual 1.5 mile TT across. All the team went well and only lost very few seconds for the overall standings.   

“Later that day the 2nd stage around Penny Pot got under way,the pace high from the start and never really letting up. At the end 3 riders where off the front and I sprinted for 8th with Robbie just behind in the bunch and Tom just down the road paying for his early efforts.  

“The next day and by far the hardest started with a TTT over 5.5 miles. We gave it everything but still were underwhelmed with our result. It’s something we really need to work on. 

“Final stage around the brutal Dacre Circuit. With one huge climb stretching over 3.4 miles every lap the bunch was tore apart from the drop of the flag. We had to ascend this climb 5 times and positioning was key. Me and Robbie kept near the front as much as possible, Tom was swinging at the back and sadly had to retire from the race. 

“However, Robbie and me were still in the bunch but when the last lap came Robbie just couldn’t hold on up the final ascent and was gapped. I got over the climb well positioned ready for the gallop to the line. 

“The sprint was hectic and I managed to squeeze through a tiny gap to get 8th place.

“All in all, the team rode well but improvements can most certainly be made. Next race on the list is next weekend, the Giro Del Mon 3-day, 5 stage down in Shrewsbury. Can’t wait!”

(Another Giro for us to follow – we’re being spoilt! Giro Del Mon – supported by Pro Vision Clothing).

James was our highest finisher overall in 22nd position plus he finished in 8th place on both road stages (stage 2 and stage 4) to gain himself 4 points. Chapeau James! Robbie finished 36th overall.

Joe was 24th, one place behind Matt, Jenson finishing 31st, their performances were awarded with the Overall Team Award.

Joe centre stage with team mates Matt and Jenson, receiving the Overall Team Award

Well done all in what must have been a very hard event.

Full results courtesy of BC.


23rd May 2018