Our road racers still doing the business

With our Club Patron and honorary member Lizzie Deignan sidelined currently, of course for a very happy reason – you have read Lizzie’s recent blog, haven’t you? – it’s up to our younger racers to do the business on behalf of Otley cyclists and they are most certainly doing that.

Circuit Racing

Close to home in Adel at The Brownlee Centre the White Rose Youth League 2018 Thursday League 3 was held 7th June.

Eleanor Hunt and Lucy Ellmore rode in the U16 Girls, Eleanor finishing 2nd for 2 points and Lucy 5th. Not content just with racing at the event they have both written a report on their exploits.

Photographs courtesy of Lucy Ellmore’s mum and Chris Radcliffe.


“Last night I raced at the Leeds Circuit and it was really exiting because it was my first race in the new kit. A massive thank you to everyone for all their hardwork in making this happen.

”I felt fairly good going into the race and had quite a good start. It was an ok pace to start with and there were a couple attacks. I got in a 3 rider break for a bit but we were eventually caught back up.

“I then got into another break with Erin (Avill, Pink Jersey Race Team) with about 3 laps to go but we were caught again.

“It ended up in a 4-up sprint in which I was second so I am pretty pleased with that”.


”Tonight’s race was quite hard and there were lots of attacks.

”I managed to keep up for most of the race, but there was a big attack that I couldn’t follow and dropped off with two others.

”I spent the rest of the race with them and attacked with 500m to go, so that it was a long sprint. I beat the other U16 in our group which I am happy with.

“It wasn’t my best race and I struggled to keep up”.

Lucy and Eleanor resplendent in their new Race Team kit

Morgan Leeming-Sykes was 3rd in the U14 Girls event, winning her 1 point.

In the U14 Boys Matthew Ellmore took 5 points for 5th place. Some might question why Lucy didn’t win any points for 5th in her race and Morgan was awarded 1 for 3rd in hers but, amongst other criteria, they are based on the number of riders competing in the event and the type of event. Age categories U12 and below aren’t awarded any points.

Alex Hodgkins was 13th in the U12 Boys. In the U10s Ruaridh Aylward was 4th in the Boys and  Amy Hodgkins 3rd in the Girls.

Edward Holmes rode the U8 Boys event, finishing in 4th place.

Full results courtesy of BC

We won’t hold it against them but the same evening the Coates entourage ventured over the border into Lancashire to Colne to ride the CDDP Crit Series 2018 #8 at the Steven Burke Sports Hub.

James Coates competed in the E1/2/3 categories event and amongst riders categorised higher ride to 5th place for 5 points with cousin Jack in 20th.

Jack also rode the 3/4 category event, finishing 18th places higher in 3rd but as ever wasn’t awarded points as he’d stepped up from his usual U16 category. Jack was in experienced company as s fellow competitor was none other than former UCI President Brian Cookson OBE who finished in 24th place.

Full results courtesy of BC.

A week later CDDP Crit Series 2018 #9 saw Otley riders in the results again. And the points.

We had 4 riders in the E/1/2/3 race, the highest placed being James Coates in 5th and Joe Howcroft one place behind, earning them 5 and 4 points respectively. Jack Coates, riding two events that night, finished 14th and Robbie Pollard 18th.

AS mentioned, Jack rode two events, the other being thec3/4 category event in which he finished 6th but no points due to riding outside his usual category of U16 Boys.

And in the U16 Boys event, George Radcliffe finished 2nd for 2 points with Dexter Leeming-Sykes in 4th.

The seemingly inseparable pairing of Eleanor Hunt and Lucy Ellmore finished 2nd & 3rd in the U16 Girls event, Eleanor winning 2 points and Lucy 1.

Morgan Leeming-Sykes finished 5th in the U14 Girls event.

Full results courtesy of BC.

Photograph courtesy of Tim Howcroft.

Road Racing

The Doncaster Cycle Festival on Sunday 10th June saw our riders switch from dedicated enclosed circuits to a closed off street circuit in the centre of the town.

In its fifth year, the festival has races for U8s to Elite riders on a 1km long circuit with the start and finish on Waterdale.

Riding in the 4th category only event, James Veitch sadly crashed and although up and walking James couldn’t finish the race. Get well soon James.

Continuing her recent success Eleanor Hunt was 4th for 6 points in the U16 Girls, our highest placing and points at the festival.

Jack Coates rode the U16 Boys race and came 9th for 1 point. George Radcliffe finished 13th. To help illustrate the system of awarding points for a rider’s allotted category, Jack’s and George’s event was won by U16 Boys rider Joseph Pidcock of PH-MAS/Paul Milnes Cycles for which he was awarded 10 points. Joseph also rode the 3rd category only event in which he was 2nd but wasn’t awarded points. Max Poole (Bike Box Alan), also an U16 Boy, rode both events too, getting 7 points for finishing third in the U16 race but none for winning the 3rd category only event. Moving on…

Full results courtesy of BC.

Photographs courtesy of Race Team Twitter.

300 miles further north at St Andrews Joe Howcroft rode the 2-day Spokes/Limits Kingdom Junior Classic 2018, consisting of two road stages, the first Saturday 9th June, the second the following day.

Joe was 28th overall out of 64 finishers, coming 28th on stage1 and 33rd on stage 2.

Dad Tim Howcroft, still not riding after his spill on the Triangle a few weeks ago, has provided a report on Joe’s Scottish sojourn.

“Stage 1 was a 108km epic of twisting lanes and punchy climbs.

“A break of 3 formed with 50km to go containing eventual stage winner Alex Dent of the promoting club.

“The stage finished up a 3km climb where the remnants of the 80 man bunch split to pieces. Joe rode strongly on the climb to finish 28th at 3 minutes with the remaining field spread over 16 minutes. 

“Stage 2 was 95km over similar terrain. Again a break went with 3 riders containing eventual stage winner Isaac Peatfield.

”The break lost a rider with 30km to go and with Spokes Race Team working hard to bring it back the pace was fast throughout.

“The bunch was down to approx 40 riders at the finish with Joe coming in 33rd on the stage and consolidating his 28th overall.

”Spokes RT hard work paid off with the overall win going to Alex Dent.  On the whole a great weekend and would say Joe’s best performance at this level”.

Full results courtesy of BC.