Tuesday 26 July 2011

2011 National Youth Circuit Race Championships

Five CCH riders rode in the 2011 National Youth Circuit Race Championships last Sunday 25th of July. The event was held for the first time in Lister Park in a very hot and sunny Bradford. The 1.85km circuit ran right around this lovely park and had a great surface with some testing corners and a tough hill which helped to thin out the large fields in each race.

Tao heads up the hill in The Youth A.

First up for CCH was Tao in the Youth A race. The 100 riders in this strong field were quickly whittled away by a strong five man break made up of Tao, Germain Burton Chris Lawless , Jacob Scott and Jake Kelly . In the end it came down to Tao and Chris - with Chris taking the sprint and national jersey, making it the second year in a row a CCH rider has come 2nd on the podium.

Tao, Chris and Scott on the podium being applauded by Dean Downing and Tour de France legend Brian Robinson.

The three riders who placed on the podium had to leave straight afterwards to fly out to the Youth Olympics in Turkey, vindicating the Team GB selection.

The boys line up for the Youth C race.

Next up for CCH were Bede, Isaac and Logan in the Youth C race. The boys all rode really well and gained a lot from the experience with Bede finishing top out of the three having ridden round with our fellow rider from the youth games Theo Modell from ELV. Dan Tulett was the run away winner but may have had to settle for 2nd had Tomos Owens chain not snapped on the last lap. In the Youth C girls our friend from VCL Charlotte Cole-Hossain won a very tight sprint to take the champions jersey.

Bede leading out Theo.

Ned leads the motorbike outrider up the hill.

Last up for CCH was Ned in the Youth B race. In a field of 80 plus riders an accident was highly likely - unfortunately for Ned the accident happened right in front of him at the very start of the race, which held him up. As per usual though he gave it his all and will no doubt come back stronger from the experience. Louis Modell from ELV did very well placing 9th in a bunch sprint at the finish. All the Hackney contingent agreed it was a grand day out.

Artie and Robbie took in many of the activities on offer including roller racing.

Full report and results here.

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