Where’s all the racing then…

There has been some, honest! Quite a bit actually and as always with much success.

Grass Track

Round 2 of the 2018 WRTL was held Monday 21st May and as always Otley riders were well in the mix on the Roundhay track and with some fine results

Categories were slightly different to those in the 1st round 14th May, although racing was still split into Free Wheel and Fixed Wheel.

Free Wheel

Group 4 Boys

Jacob Peacock 10th & 10th

Group 2 Girls

Geniveve Schubert 5th & 5th

Amber Peacock 6th

Group 2 Boys

Daniel Middlebrooke 1st & 2nd

Oscar Hall 2nd & 3rd

Group 1 Boys

Ruaridh Aylward 3rd, 3rd & 3rd

James Luxton 4th, 4th & 5th

Jack Wilks 5th, 5th & 4th

Group 1 Girls

Emily Middlebrooke 1st, 4th & 3rd

Poppy Peacock 4th, 5th & 5th

Group 3/4 Boys Handicap

Jacob Peacock 14th

Group 1/2 Boys Handicap

Jack Wilks 3rd

Ruaridh Aylward 5th

Oscar Hall 6th

James Luxton 8th

Daniel Middlebrooke 9th

Group 1/2/3 Girls Handicap

Geniveve Schubert 8th

Poppy Peacock 11th

Emily Middlebrooke 14th

Amber Peacock 16th

Full results courtesy of WRTL Facebook page.

Fixed Wheel

Group D, Women & Girls

Eleanor Hunt 1st

Isobel Wilks 1st

Block Handicap

George Radcliffe 1st

Women/Girls Sprint

Eleanor Hunt 1st

Isobel Wilks 2nd

Women Handicap

Isobel Wilks 1st

Eleanor Hunt 5th


George Radcliffe 6th

Eleanor Hunt 12th

Isobel Wilks 21st

Women & Girls Scratch

Eleanor Hunt 1st

Isobel Wilks 4th

Unknown Distance

George Radcliffe 1st

Isobel Wilks 5th

Eleanor Hunt 10th

Full results courtesy of WRTL Facebook page.

Cyclo Cross

The YCCA Eleconline Summer Series 2018 third round was held at Myrtle Park in Bingley on Wednesday 23rd May. Photographs courtesy of Lucy Cullen.

Mo Leeming-Sykes (FU14) was our sole rider in the Under 14 event, finishing 37th overall and 5th in her category.

Full results courtesy of YCCA.

We had 7 riders in the Over 14 event, Megan Cullen (FJun) and Joe Howcroft (MJun) recruited to join the Cullen v Howcroft battle. Megan was 125th overall, 1st in her category, Joe 12th overall and 4th in his category.

Is Megan laughing at herself forgetting her racing shoes? Seems like it’s a junior Cullen trait…

Dexter Leeming-Sykes (MU16) was 25th overall and 3rd in his category.

Moving on to the (much) more senior riders, the MV50 battle saw James Cullen finish 81st overall, 8th in his category, Tim Howcroft 88th and 12th, splitting the Brothers Cullen with Ian finishing 99th and 17th.

MV60 rider Tony Wild was 121st overall and 5th in his category.

Full results courtesy of YCCA.

Circuit Racing

Otley riders racked up the points Thursday 24th May at the Steven Burke circuit in Nelson riding in the CDPP Crit Series 2018 #6.

Highest placed was James Coates with 2nd place in the E/1/2/3 category race, earning him 8 points.

James’s cousin Jack rode the 3/4 category race. Jack finished 4th but couldn’t claim any points because of him choosing to ride outside of his BC category of Youth A, 5th place finisher Joshua Clough of Team SB Hub also not awarded points for the same reason. Bethany Zajac finished in 19th place.

Eleanor Hunt was 2nd in the U16 Girls for 2 points, George Radcliffe earning a point for 3rd in the corresponding Boys event.

Full results courtesy of BC.

The same night, 7 Otley riders competed in the White Rose Youth League 2018 Thursday League 2 at the York Sport circuit. Photographs courtesy of Jonathan Hodgkins.

Amy Hodgkins was was 5th in the U10 Girls race with Ruaridh Aylward3rd in the U10 Boys. In the next category up, U12s, Amy’s brother Alex was 13th in the Boys.

Morgan Leeming-Sykes won 2 points for 2nd place in the U14 Girls with Matthew Elllmore 9th U14 Boy.

Lucy Elmore was 3rd for 1 point in the U16 Girls event. Dexter Leeming-Sykes and Ben Houlihan were 4th and 5th in the U16 Boys.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Road Racing

While we were celebrating success in the Giro d’Italia with Chris Froome winning overall, 2 stages and the Mountains jersey and Simon Yates winning 3 stages and wearing the Maglia Rosa for several days some of our own racers were competing in a namesake of the Italian Grand Tour.

The Giro Del Mon 3-day, 5-stage race was held Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May based at Minsterley in Shropshire, organised by Rhino Velo Racing  and supported by Pro Vision Clothing, the cycle clothing business founded by former national road race champion Steve Joughin.

Open to teams of four, representing Otley were James Coates, Tom Cullen, Joe Howcroft and guest rider Cameron Blake who usually rides for Prologue Racing Team.

Photographs courtesy of Otley CC Race Team Twitter and Giro Del Mon Facebook pages.

The 5 stages were:

Saturday 26th May – 4 mile TTT, road bikes only, followed by a 68 mile road race.

Sunday 27th May – 3 mile individual TT followed by a 43 mile kermesse.

Monday 28th May – 76 mile road race.

More details of the format and terrain of the 5 stages can be found on the Course page of the Giro Del Mon website.

Tom’s shoes and bottle left along with a green fold up chair after Stage 2. I rest my case…

James Coates achieved the stage highest placing with 2nd place on stage 2.

Overall, James finished 23rd, Tom 28th, Cameron 41st and Joe 42nd.

Full results courtesy of BC.

A fantastic experience for all involved and hopefully one that they can repeat on a larger scale some time in the future.

Time Trialling

After her success 20th May in the Bridlington CC 25 Claire Jessop had what she described as a ‘tough day at the office’ 26th May riding the Holme Valley Wheelers CC Women’s 25 on the V237 course. Photograph courtesy of Greg Jessop.

Based at Melmerby near Ripon, the course uses the A6055, covering it twice giving the riders a double dose of headwind! (Of course, it’s a double dose of tailwind too. Allegedly).

Claire, riding the course for the first time, recorded 1:09:38 for 4th place. Fastest was Anna Turvey of Tyneside Vagabonds CC in 57:23.

Full results courtesy of CTT.

The second round of the 2018 corsaRosa League was held Sunday 27th May, this time using the hilly V810, starting in Addingham and using the Skipton and Addingham bypasses (A59 and A65) finishing just before the roundabout where the latter meets the A6034. Photographs courtesy of David Bennett.

Unusually, riders benefitted from a tailwind on the A59 towards Skipton, welcome assistance on the climbs, particularly for those approaching OAP status. No names.

James Cullen and George Radcliffe tied for fastest Otley rider, recording 29:46, George also fastest Youth overall. Chris Radcliffe recorded 31:54, Helen Coutie 32:54 and John Barnett 35:24.

Fastest overall was Russell Brown of Yorkshire Road Club in  26:24. Sarah Lewthwaite of East Bradford CC was fastest Woman in 31:39.

Full results and rankings here. Click on the Event 2 & Rider list and table tabs.


1st June 2018