Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Hackney team win London Youth Games for 6th time

Should have left the trophy at the engravers..,
 Sunday 16th June 2019,

The young cyclists of Hackney continue to show strength in depth and determination as the borough's cycling team came top once again at the London Youth Games cycling competition.

Jake in action in U16 TT
The team made it three wins in a row - taking the wet conditions at Lea Valley Velopark in their stride. This no easy thing as every year riders move up and out of the age groupings meaning new riders have to come in and take up the baton.
Ethan in the U16 TT
 Tom Bardill, Jake Evans and Ethan Rowell rode in the under16s male Time Trial over 4 laps of the Lea Valley circuit - probably getting the worst of the weather. The boys placed 5th , 6th and 11th respectively giving Hackney a solid start to the competition. In fact Tom and Jake were separated by only 6-100ths of a second.

The Hackney squad
 The team on the day was supported by the rest of the squad members - the reserves were ready to step up in case someone felt like imitating Froomey - thankfully no one did.

Lorna in the under 16 female TT
In the under 16 female Time Trial we had sisters Lorna and Evelyn Dumbleton alongside Anoushka Minale. Lorna finished 20th , Evelyn seventh and Anoushka took first place with a great time - the only female below 10 minutes. Hackney were definitely up there at this point.
Evelyn in the under 16 female TT
In the afternoon it was the younger riders turn and in the under 12 boys Freddy Augsburger claimed third spot, whilst Joseph Krolick came 27th and Jimme Brotherhood 33rd.
In the under 12 girls TT Laila Grace MacKenzie-Breary took 6th place with Ishanna Cannell 11th and Charlie Greensides 12th. With only the road races to come it was touch and go as to which Borough would win.
Anoushka in the under 16 female TT
In the under 16 boys 12 lap race the boys missed the break and Tom finished 11th and Jake 16th.
Whilst in the girls Anoushka came 4th and Evelyn 8th all of which meant under the arcane points scoring for the LYG Hackney retained the Eileen Grey Cup for the third year on the bounce and are overall winners for an unprecedented 6th time.

Well done to all the riders - team, squad and others who helped out and thanks to the support team of coaches and parents who made it happen.

 Full results here.

Anouska on her way to victory
Full gallery of photos here by Sean Pollock.
 More photos to come.

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