On Monday 2nd July the usual Roundhay track meet was reserved for Fixed Wheel only, with Otley represented in the U14 and U16 categories. This followed a usual 3 discipline omnium format, with a sprint, pursuit and multi-lap race. Isobel Wilks was first up, her first Fixed Wheel championship representing the U14 girls. After a short warmup race, the one lap sprint started. A bit slower off the line than she wanted but this was put behind her and a full speed acceleration down the back straight meant a sprint to the finish line with Leeds Mercury rider Elora, who proved too strong and won by a clear bike length. The two would battle it out throughout the evening and pushed each other very well, with the pursuit resulting in a dead heat(!) and the final multi-lap race saw Elora hold off a late charge by Isobel, who took the race all the way to the line and within a wheel width of winning. A really enjoyable night of racing and a Silver medal for Isobel!
Eleanor Hunt showed her versatility as a rider, competing for the U16 girls and effectively warming up for the Otley Cycle Races, which would be two days later. From the warmup race to the sprint, the pursuit and the multi-lap finale she proved her dominance, never giving the other riders even a glimmer of a chance. Clinical starting and full lap power from start to finish was a pleasure to see with a perfect score of 3 by the end of the night. A very well deserved Gold medal and the perfect start to a week of big races for Eleanor!
George Radcliffe, the ‘Roundhay Rocket’, represented the U16 boys which would prove to be a very competitive evening. George’s very fast starts often see him with clear air behind his back wheel, but in the first sprint his start was matched resulting in a battle royale around the track and missing out on victory by a short wheel, the race was on! His strength and endurance in the pursuit would prove to be a winning combination, holding off a late charge by Max of Alba Rosa and getting first place by a second! So with all to play for, the need to win the final race was vital. George was up to the challenge, with his aero style riding and acceleration at the end taking him clear of the field. It was a tense wait to find out the result, but a smiling George picked up his Gold medal and stood in the winning spot overall!
A very enjoyable evening, with a real family feel to it, parents acting as holders for their own children and others when needed. A big thanks to Mandy Parker and her team for putting on, as always, such a great event. Detailed results can be found here.