Young racers in action, Dolan Series and Mossley CC

Last weekend saw our Otley CC Youth riders back in action and in the
points again.

George Radcliffe was placed in both races at the Dolan Series in
Southport on Saturday and Eleanor Hunt, Dexter Leeming-Sykes and George
were all placed in the points on Sunday at the Mossley CC “Early Bird”
race at Tameside Track.

Eleanor was in the action from the off in the U16 girls, working with
several of the other strong riders as they tried to break off from the
rest of the pack. It took repeated efforts for several laps before a
break stuck. Eleanor got away with 2 other riders, including Maddie
Leach who had won the previous race last week. Working together the 3
girls built up a good lead and Eleanor made a strong sprint for 2nd

George and Dexter were both mixing it up at the front in the boys U16,
Dexter got away on his own at one point towards the end of the race but
unfortunately it didn’t stick.

George reports in his own words

The weekend of racing began with the first of two races in Southport on
Saturday morning. The circuit was unlike any other in that it was
around a park with a mixture of tarmac, paving blocks and even some
gravel with a mixture of technical corners and fast sweeping bends. The
race was fast and strung out but stayed together despite several attacks
from a variety of riders including me. It all came down to a bunch
sprint where I stole a 6th place on the lunge.

The second race on Saturday again at Southport but this time in the
afternoon was much shorter lasting only ten minutes. Because of the
length of the race it blew apart instantly and I spent the majority of
the race group hopping to try and catch the lead group. With less than
a lap to go the bridge was made and I positioned myself as best I could
for the sprint where I took 5th.

Sunday saw the second Mossley Early Bird Race, this time with dryer but
equally windy conditions. The race was subject to many attacks with both
me and teammate Dexter giving it a go, however the weather prevented any
of the moves sticking. With 4 laps to go two riders from the same team
attacked getting a substantial gap as no one was willing to waste energy
to chase it down. Despite one of the two attackers being caught the
other managed to hold on for the win leaving just the battle for second.
The final lap was ferocious and coming out of the second to last corner
I moved myself into second wheel for the final straight. A relatively
strong sprint saw me move into second before being passed and finishing
in third.

Overall a good weekend, now for Pembrey Nationals next weekend.