LVYCC were well represented at the Nationals yesterday – Sunday. Race report below from Kate Ambrose:
Loads of great pictures of LVYCC riders in the National Champs at the Cyclopark
How fab to see LVYCC kit on the road racing home page
Lee valley kit on the front row and on the front page report in the road section of BC site.
We had a real racing squad yesterday with riders in nearly all of the categories at the Cyclopark in Kent.
All of the younger riders had an absolutely hideous monsoon weather race and did well not to crash or pull out. Caelen Miller got 2nd in U8s although DQed for a failure to block off gears (gear checkers take note ). Harrison Powell, Maya Tarlton and Matthew Farrow fought hard in the U10s.Looking at the pics I think Matthew Farrow needs an award for most aggressive rider of the whole championship.
In the U 12s we had Alexander Tarlton, Felix Mackie, Owen Williams and Callum Bulley, it was amazing they managed to finish in the bunch after crashes due to aquaplaning on the circuit.
Then out came the sun for the older riders. In the Youth B boys we had Lewis Bulley, Callum Mackie, Cameron Gutteridge, Georg Jensen, and James Ambrose-Parish. All the riders fought hard on the first few laps and stayed in the bunch. Callum and Cameron did hard turns at the front , Cameron tried a break away on the last lap. Lewis and James were involved in a crash on the 2nd lap but managed to fight back into the leading group. Despite various breakaways, there was a final bunch finish and James managed to fight his way through the pack to sprint against some of his rivals to a top 10 placing.
For the Youth A girls we had Francesca Morgans-Slader. Francesca rode hard and took her turns leading the bunch on uphill sections of the circuit. It was an uphill sprint to the line and she managed to burst through for a hard won top 10 finish.
For the Youth A boys we had James Tapley riding in Lee Valley colours, having just finished exams James was aware he was not as prepared as the other riders in the field. With a field of 100 riders it was always going to be a challenge on the technical circuit sections. Surprisingly on an early lap there was a Tour de France style bunch crash on the start finish section which split the race completely James took his turns in the chasing but the chasers never caught the front group.
Full results not yet out but well done to all riders. It was a shame that a few of our members missed the entry due to problems with the online entry system as we could have had an even bigger showing.