|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.