|Stage 3 action from the Junior Women's Giro at Great Thurlow|
Glorious sunshine set the backdrop for two days of racing organised by CCHackney over the weekend. The second event in our annual Primavera circuit races was this year transported to Hoghill as the supporting races for the inaugural running of the Junior Women's Giro - round 2 of the new National Junior Women's road race series.
|Stage 1 -Podium - Alanna 3rd , April 1st and Corinne 2nd.|
Saturday was an early start for the Junior women with Stage 1's first rider off at 9am in a technical 1 lap time trial clockwise round he Redbridge circuit finish up the alpine section. By keeping it so short we were looking for close time gaps for the overall and so it proved with only 37 seconds between the top and bottom riders. April Tacey - Team 22 - took the honours in 3min 12 closely followed by Corinne Side - The Racing Chance Foundation - in 3.16 then Alanna Prior- Liv Cycling Club - Halo Cycles in 3.18 rounding off the first podium of the day. Results here.
|U8s line up|
The Primavera races then took place starting with the youth races, the under 10s raced round the bottom circuit whilst the under 8s raced on the top circuit. Eva Thompson - Ipswich Velo won the girls U8s with Ted Kent Baker - Hillingdon Slipstreamers winning the boys U8s. Anna Lloyd of Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club won the U10 girls with Leon Atkins riding for Hemel Hempstead winning the U10 boys. Results here.
|u8 girls podium|
|u10 girls podium|
|u10 boys podium|
|u8 boys 2nd and 3rd|
|U12s in action|
The under 12s were the first riders of the day to tackle the Hoggberg in the heat with Freddy Augburger winning for the boys and Bobbie O'Brien - Lvycc - being the first placed girl. Results here.
|u12 boys podium|
|u12 girls podium|
The under 14s were next up with a large field of riders it ended in a bunch sprint with Nathan Hardy winning the boys race whilst Anoushka Minale - CCHackney - distanced the rest of the girls by some margin. Results here.
|Under 14 girls podium|
|under 14s boys podium|
|u16 boys podium|
|u16 girls podium|
The seniors raced next with a large field for the 3/4 men's race a bunch sprint looked inevitable and so it proved with Nick Day - Team Milton Keynes - edging out Calvin Cheung - Hub Velo - and Joseph Kaye - Videre Race Team - for th podium spots. Results here.
|mens 34 podium|
|mens 123 podium|
|Junior Womens Giro stage 2 action|
Sunday and the racing moved up to great Thurlow - the locals love us up there as we always seem to bring good weather as the course and its surroundings looked fantastic in the bright spring sunshine. The first few laps of the course saw the bunch stick pretty much together then our overnight leader Corinne side punctured and the race began to split. April Tacey and Marie Lynn made the break with April proving the stronger and moving away. her gap got longer with each lap going up to around 4 minutes as the bunch looked at one another and didn't fancy the chase. April came in for a fine solo win then with Kate Wootton and Caitlin peters sprinting out of the bunch to take 2nd and 3rd.
This meant the overall podium went to April Tacey then Kate Wootton and Alana Prior. Full results here. BC report here. Junior womens photo galleries here and here.
Thanks again to Alan and Susan Loveday from Thurlow Sports Club who made such a lovely spread of refreshments on Sunday. The refreshment donations totalled £112 on Sunday. This amount twill be given to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust will be made on Wednesday when Susan commences five days radiotherapy on her chest
|Winner stage 2|
|Podium stage 2|
|Winner April Tacey and runner up Kate wootton with their prizes|
from CCH sponsors Venerdi and Tad.
"Thank you for sorting and thank you for a great weekend racing. "