Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Monday, 13 June 2022
|The riders turning onto the hill at Thurlow.|
CCHackney hosted the 2022 Eastern South East and Central Regional Junior road race championships up on the Great Thurlow course this Sunday. A small field of 25 took to the start for thirteen laps of the 7.9km course -100km in total. The tight triangular course and its rolling nature usually make for fast racing but the riders had a block headwind on the main road back into Thurlow and a side wind on the Wethersfield road making for tough going especially in small bunch. Although I imagine the tailwind down through the chicane must have been super fast.
|Rider briefing at Thurlow sports ground.|
Which left us with straight forward job at sorting the finish proper. Angus Stoneham of Beaconsfield CC jumped the bunch at the bottom of the hill to win by a 20 second margin from Dylan Humber-Kelly of JRC-INTERFLON Race Team who just edged out Sam Hodge of trainSharp Development Team followed by Ben Flatau of Elitecycling Junior Team then Finn Dunton - trainSharp Development Team to make up the top five.
|Angus Stoneham our winner obviously put win such an effort up the hill the last time he couldn't raise his hands in celebration.|
This meant Central got the bragging rights over South East then Eastern.
Top three Central rider were Angus Stoneham, Alasdair Mildred and Ethan Fowler.
Top three South East region riders were Dylan Humber-Kelly, Sam Hodge and Ben Flatau.
Top three Eastern region riders were Max Avery - Colchester Rovers CC, Connor Stevens and the Mantas Noreika both Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club.
Many thanks to David and the Newmarket CTC for their help, BC Eastern, Ken Jolliffe of Norfolk Race judging for the timing equipment, Thurlow Sports club and the locals for helping get the race on. Thanks too to all the CCH members who volunteered their Sunday to come up and help and those who donated to the prize fund.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
|Hackney London Youth Games Team 2022|
Last Sunday 15th May saw the Hackney borough team claim a dramatic second place overall for the road cycling event in the London Youth Games. Everything seemed to be conspiring against the team with two members coming down with illness and so unable to attend, another rider had their wheel fall off on the way to Lea Valley Velopark and another whose sat-nav meant them being late and having to run across the Olympic Park, through the tunnel onto the circuit onto bike and straight into a time trial. Oh and it was wet and windy too. Actually the last was a blessing in disguise as all their training sessions had been in the rain and wind anyway.
|Laila Grace about to set off.|
|Catrin doing the first of her two time trials.|
First race was the Youth AB (under 16-14s) individual time trial- for four laps of the circuit. Sounds easy?Try it full blast next time you are down there. As Ishanna and Nola were unavailable that meant we had only one rider in the category - Laila-Grace Mackenzie Breary. However as the top two times count for the overall points it looked Hackney would be out of the running before the races began. Up stepped Catrin Marsden - who was down ride the Under12s time trial later - to take on the four lap TT as well. Both riders did very well setting the team off in the right way placing 21st and 29th.
|Freddie had time to sing as he did his TT.|
|Elliot in action.|
|Maxwell gets his race face on.|
Next were the U16 males with Freddy Augsburger, Jonah Jenkins, Elliot Marsden and Maxwell Mackenzie Breary lining up for Hackney. Freddy came this with Jonah three seconds behind in fifth, Elliot finished in 20th place. Whilst these results undoubtedly moved Hackney up the leader board a certain team manager thought well at least they'll finish top ten...
|How brutal such a short effort can be.|
|Elliot heading into that wind.|
|Maxwell sets off.|
|Catrin on her second effort.|
Next up were the Youth CDE (under 12/10/8) time trials. First up and still recovering from her ride in the U16s Catrin took on the two lap TT for the team and did very well. Next up was Isobel Ellson doing really well in her first big competitive race. Then came the dramatic late arrival of Zhané Pilgrim - with no time to warm and possibly the strongest winds of the day to contest against she also did her best - things were looking good for the team.
|Zhané happy to have made it on time - just.|
|Isobel on her TT.|
|Zhané gets underway.|
The U12 boys followed with Arthur Steer first off for Hackney producing third place - only half a second off silver. Victor Sarramian Oglaza went next finishing his first big event in 16th place. It began to look like maybe we could place top five?
|Victor sets off|
|Victor in action.|
|Arthur on the podium|
|The lovely race conditions.|
In the afternoon the format changes to circuit races for the U16 male and female riders. Hackney were unrepresented in the girls race and so wouldn't score any points for the overall. Fred and Jonah raced in the boys race - Jonah looking pretty poorly by then - in quite horrible conditions. The majority of the team retreated back across Hackney marshes to get dry. Both riders tried to force the action in the race but the bunch wouldn't be split. It came down to a bunch sprint with Freddie narrowly beat into second place and Jonah sat up in the last lap having down his all.
|Freddie leading the charge.|
So down to the last drama of the day after Freddie had received his medals for the TT and road race along with the other podium finishers it was time to announce the overall top three. We decided to hang on and congratulate whoever it would be - surely not Hackney though. Third place went Lambeth and old friend Joe, then the announcer dragged dit out explaining the top two teams had finished on equal points so the winner would be decided on count back placings in the events. Second place went to Southwark and then after bit of confusion they were handed gold medals instead having had two first places. Second place went to - Hackney! We were very surprised to say the least but once again strength in depth push the borough on the podium. A great result for all the team and squad.
|Freddie with his medals.|
|Jonah picks up the team's medals.|
|Photos - thanks to Sean Pollock|
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