Saturday 25th saw some of our Mossley riders racing at Southport and Milton Keynes.
Cameron Pilkington along with the Michael, Ciara and Eamon Postlethwaite were our racers at Southport (Day 2) and performed really well. Cameron came 3rd and 4th in the two cat B races and Michael finished 9th in both his races in the cat D boys……good result considering he only resumed training at the beginning of March. Ciara and Eamon rode very strongly in the cat E boys and girls races ……Ciara needs to be a little more assertive when trying to pass slower riders and needs a little more practice changing gears…..Eamon on the other hand did fantastically well considering he only turned 5 in February! Lovely sunny conditions prevailed (I know some of you can’t believe that the sun shines there at this time of year) much better weather than the week before……Well Done to all of you.
I had the pleasure of watching two of our riders at Milton Keynes (Bob and Thomas B), on a revised course from last years National series. The race duration was 40 minutes plus 3 laps……….after a couple of laps Bob pulled into the pits for a rear wheel change (he was experiencing transmission problems) and was duly pushed back into the race. As you will all know there are no laps out anymore and so he had to chase back onto the group. Thomas B was looking very comfortable sat in the bunch and although one or two attacks were initiated by a couple of local riders they didn’t come to anything. Bob on the other hand was trying valiantly to bridge a gap of around 25 seconds. Lap after lap the time gap was coming down and just as well as Bob had been chasing for eight laps and finally caught the group with what turned out to be five laps to go. He sat in and got his breath back for a couple of laps and with the bell ringing in everyone’s ears moved up near the front. It was Jamieson Blain who attacked from the bottom of the hill and it was Bob who was glued to his back wheel, he came out of the slipstream with a 100 or so metres to go to claim a well deserved victory and Thomas crossed the line in seventh place……….Well done Boys!!
Sunday 26th March
On a grey start to the day Cameron Pilkington, Thomas Bates, Junior Jackson and Robert Donaldson were at the Redbridge Cycle Centre (Hog Hill) for the opening round of the British Cycling National Youth Circuit Series. There were a number of impressive performances across all the age groups notably by Lewis Askey in the U16 Boys and Zoe Backstedt and Eva Young in the U14 Girls races.