2019 Season Summary

by Richard Spurdens

The club’s race team supports young riders to race. Their ages range from 12 to 22. We are one of the top racing clubs in Yorkshire and currently ranked 35th (65th in 2018) nationally (out of over a 1000 clubs). Much of the teams exploits can be followed on Twitter @Otley- JunRT and via #BlueTrainonFire 

2019 has been Otley Cycle Club’s best ever road racing season, every week our riders posted excellent results across all age groups and all categories. Otley riders recorded a very impressive 48 road racing victories. We have boys and girls youth sections at under 14 and under 16 age groups, Junior male and female (16 – 18 year olds) riders and an Under 23 team. 

In 2019 the team has been sponsored by Chevin Cycles Ltd, Santini SMS, Dave Burrows Joinery, Galibier Capital, Mint Cycling and Otley Cycle Club itself. Support from our spon- sors has been invaluable in achieving these results. 

Youth Team U14

Matt Ellmore has really progressed this year, often winning and rarely out of the top 5 showing consistent results

Youth Team U16 

  • George Radcliffe, Dexter Leeming-Sykes and Eleanor Hunt, competed at a National level 
  • George and Eleanor were each selected for to ride for Yorkshire at the Youth Tour of Scotland and the National Schools Games. 
  • Dexter has rarely been out of the top 5 and has won an impressive 8 races. Tom Wallace started racing during the year and gained several top 10 places. 

Junior Team U18 

  • Megan Cullen and Lucy Ellmore both achieved excellent results over the year and each gained 2nd category race licences. 
  • Megan and Lucy rode at national level, with Megan gaining a 7th place at Witham Hall GP against the best Junior female riders in the country. 
  • Sam Howcroft and Henry Hollyman made good progress as 1st year juniors, each gaining their 3rd category licences 

U23 Team 

  • Our U23 team competed locally, national and internationally. Taking part in various 2 & 3 day stage races across the country. 
  • Joe Howcroft has competed in two international tours, including the Tour of Tobago. In addition Joe competed in 2 premier Calendar races against the best professional riders in the country.
  • Tom Cullen was backed by and supported by the Dave Rayner Fund to race in Belgium for 3 months. Here, against international competition, he achieved several top ten placings and finished the year as a 1st category rider. 
  • Tom Cullen also won the National Student Criterium Championships.
  • Julian Roche won the Scottish Eastern Promise Road Race. 
  • Robbie Pollard won several criterium on the Colne circuit and the overall series. Harry Hunt showed really good progression nearly gaining his 2nd category licence with some strong performances. He was a particularly good team rider.

Getting ready for the 2020 racing season 

Preparations are on the way for next year. The Race Team is expanding with new riders being attracted to the team and existing riders progressing to older age groups. After a short break winter training and coaching will start for the Otley CC Race Team. We are seeking sponsors to help riders with equipment, cycle clothing, race entries and travel to races.