Youth Junior U23 and Women’s Race Team Update

Tony Sweeney Memorial Road Race 24th April 

Andrew Ellmore

Another good race on 24th April at the Tony Sweeney memorial road race at Aughton in Lancashire. A strong ENE wind meant a side head wind followed by a side tail wind leading to a fractured field of 60 riders. Lap 3 saw a 2 man break being chased by a 4 man break including Oliver Sergeant, this became a 6 man lead all the way to the finish on lap 4 with Oliver taking a magnificent 5th place on junior gearing. Joe Howcroft worked hard in the chasing group finishing 11th (I think) and Matt Ellmore in the next group somewhere in the 20’s. Great racing and experience of difficult side winds in an exposed road race, well done lads!

James Wordsworth bagged the win, with George Radcliffe 2nd.


Tameside 234 27th April.

Nigel Hollyman

Henry Hollyman got 5th last night at Tameside 234, his first race of the season due to a bad knee. Was split up from start .


Sloan Trophy 1st May.

Joe Howcroft

Race started pretty quick up the climb first lap. First lap, there were 3 crashes due to damp conditions and tight corners. Unfortunately, Henry Hollyman got caught up in one and landed pretty heavy on his back. A strong chase with a few other riders caught up in the crash, Henry’s group almost got back on. However attacks at the front of the race kept the pressure high, and the peloton started to pull away again. The race was neutralised as the bunch navigated through the previous laps crash sites, and once deneutralised a group of 4 broke away. Hard racing in the last two laps saw the breakaway almost caught by the finish. Frantic attacks towards the final few kilometres meant the bunch were sprinting for 5th, with the break, only seconds off the front. In the finish I managed to scrape 8th. Henry despite his early crash managed to finish.

Former Otley rider Dexter Leeming-Sykes won. Team sponsor/Manager Glen Turnbull was a victim of one of the crashes, with cracked ribs and a fractured collarbone.

(HPT – Speedy recovery from us all, to him!)


Inspire Series – Round 3 Yorksport 1st May

Jonathan Hodgkins – 

Mixed fortunes, Emily Middlebrooke unfortunately crashed in the u16 girls but still finished and is ok, while team mate Katherine Bucknell earned a fine podium place. Daniel Middlebrooke  4th in u14 boys, his best result yet in this category. Alex Hodgkins and James Luxton contested the bunch sprint in u16 boys and were 5th and 7th behind a very impressive Beeston 1/2/3. Well done all. Edward Hobbs competed later in his first race so looking forward to hearing how he got on?

Jonathan Hobbs 

Ed Hobbs finished the race despite getting detached early on. He worked with another rider until he dropped out after two thirds of the race, with Ed pressing on alone to finish. A bit of a baptism of fire, but he enjoyed it and learned a great deal. Looking forward to the next  one!


Junior Mens Isle of Man Tour 29th April – 1st May

Andrew Ellmore – 

The weekend started in glorious sunshine on the promenade in Douglas for the 1.5km prologue TT. Harry Jordan set a fast time taking 13th place, Sam Hollis 33rd and Matt Ellmore 41st.

Saturday’s road race was on a fairly lumpy course with a stinger steep climb to the finish that really hurt by lap 10 in a race full of attacks and breaks. The race soon split, with Sam and Matt in the chasing group, the front group split again and so did the chasing group with Matt in g3 and Sam in g4, Matt found himself in no man’s land for a couple of laps until swept up by Sam and stuck in there to finish together, Sam 27th, Matt 30th. Unfortunately Harry wasn’t too well and retired early and rested Sunday.

Sunday was a fast flat course of 6 laps and then a 6 mile climb to the highest point on the island. The atmosphere through the villages and up the hairpin bends was amazing and both Otley riders dug deep moving up through the riders to finish 26th for Sam and 23rd for Matt. Overall for the tour Sam was 28th and Matt 26th, a brilliant effort at the very top level of competition. A great weekend and well organised tour!


Witham Womens GP 1st May  

Robyn Clay – 

I did a fair bit of work throughout to close gaps etc and a lot of people just sat on. A break of 3 got away and I tried to work with a couple others for a bit, but we couldn’t close it. Coming up to the finish line there was a hill that dragged over the top, I was well placed, and went for it. However, with 50 metres to go, I got swamped and came in 13th (10th in the sprint).

We’ll done, and thanks all for your inputs, especially the team supports/coaches etc..


Tony Wild

President – Otley Cycle Club