Initially it was cold wet and windy, but as the racing started, it became just cold and windy!
The U14 race consisted of 70 fast and furious boys, riding 40km, totally committed and determined. Harrison Powell a first year U14 rider managed to hang onto the peloton for half the race before choosing the wrong wheel to follow resulting in him being distanced from the bunch riding in a smaller group. Owen Williams and Louis Bilyard held great positions in front of the bunch. The final sprint consisting of about 50 riders, Louis managed a magnificent top ten with Owen just behind, unfortunately a crash 10m from the line meant Owen was caught up in the fracas so had to roll his bike over the line. Excellent rides by all.
Next up was Anna Carter in the girls U16 along with 50 other eager racers. The 50km race held together for half the race until two riders attacked together and stayed away to the end of the race. Anna was comfortable in the bunch though out the race and came about midway down the order on the final run in.
Finally the U16 boys raced. 60km in total the 80 riders made all of the spectators hold their breath as they shot past so close together. 4 riders managed to break away taking the top spots. The remaining peloton took the bell, the final lap was chaos, crash one, halfway round saw several riders distanced, crash two, 30m from the line, resulted in Tim Torrie taking a tumble down a grassy bank along with 25 other riders, so he had to pick himself up and run his bike across the line, his luck must change soon. Georg Mew Jensen managed to avoid the spills and sprinted over the line in 6th place.
Although these events are difficult to organise and even more difficult to race, if young riders want to progress and to test themselves against the best in the country they are essential to enter and have a go. All of the club riders did themselves proud and felt they done their best.