Crits and Roads Racing

George Radcliffe and Matt Elmore having been showing off the club colours in youth races around the country.  They report below:

George Radcliffe at the National Youth Series:

Round three of the 2019 National Youth Circuit Series took place at the Redbridge Cycle Circuit located on the infamous Hog Hill in Essex, aka the ‘Hoggenburg’. The best youth cyclists from all over the country took to the start in a huge field of 100 riders, so the racing was always going to be tough. The racing was relentless with attacks firing off the front every lap, all of them ultimately without success. In the first 30 minutes of the race I was often found near to the back of the bunch in an attempt to ‘ride myself into the race’ and not expend too much energy too early. After around 45 minutes I moved myself up the peloton and into a better, more aggressive position where I stayed for the remainder of the race. Multiple times I ended up pulling turns on the front to chase down breakaways and even led up the climb on a few different laps. In the end it all came down to a bunch sprint, unfortunately I didn’t have the legs left and couldn’t replicate the results of Pembrey and Scotland so finished in 46th place in amongst the peloton. Overall an exciting race with a disappointing end but now looking forward to the town centre season!

Matt Elmore at various crits:

Matthew Ellmore has been very busy riding hard for Otley CC in the U14 Youth B racing category this month. Riding a very busy schedule Matt has been working on his sprint finish and this has paid off with him taking 5 top 3 places in May and he is really racking up the British Cycling points in the evening Criterium races at Colne, York and our local Brownlee circuit.

Matt writes about his latest race success at York last Friday 23rd, where he came 3rd:
“I managed to lead the sprint from the start of the race and I was on the front until the second lap. I then moved to the back, there weren’t many attacks, we just kept as a group the whole way round.

On the last lap the pace kept the same until after the hairpin where everyone started to sprint. I struggled to keep up at the start of the sprint, but then I managed to close the gap and got someone on the line to come 3rd!”