Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club goes to Assen 2014
By Alice Shepherd and Colin Parish (originally posted in Facebook on 29 July 2014)
25 LVYCC riders are racing in the 50th edition of the European Youth Cycling Tour in Assen, in the Netherlands.
Our riders are competing in the six-day stage race in a range of age categories for riders aged eight to 18. There are more than 700 riders taking part, and LVYCC has the largest contingent from a UK club.
Day one saw them take part in the race of truth: a 1 kilometre prologue time trial along Assen’s city centre canal. The ‘out and back’ course was made tricky by the weather conditions, which meant riders stormed away from the start but struggled into an energy-sapping headwind on the return leg.
Our riders aquitted themselves well, with many of them improving on the placings in last year’s event, and newcomers settling in to their first international race well. You can see the full results and keep up with news from the race on the website at www.europeanjuniorcyclingtourassen.eu
The course record was broken by 16-year old Swiss rider Reto Mueller, who finished in 1.14.4, beating the best 18-year old’s time by more than a second.
Day two’s race was a criterion around a housing estate in the east of the city in very hot and sunny conditions.
Racing was ultra-competitive, with attacks in every category and a number of crashes.
In the under 16s race Callum Mackie was knocked off by another rider and Georg Mew Jensen was also caught up in someone else’s crash. Callum was given a lap out and finished strongly in the bunch, coming 33rd out of 134 riders. Georg’s crash was only two laps from the end of the race and although he chased hard but he was unable to regain the group and finished just off the back of the bunch.
The quality of the racing was very high, with riders showing amazing levels of fitness and skill on their bikes. Many of our riders finished in the bunch sprints for their races, and there is plenty of time for them to shine over the next four stages.