Programme for Monday Night Under 8/10/12 Championships:
Here are the final results from our U8/U10/U12 regional British Cycling Championships.
Race Report by Sarah Lewthwaite
Regional Champs Part 2 – Freewheel
Glorious sunshine, dry track, lots of eager and competitive kids; just everything we needed for a great evening of racing. Under 8, 10 and 12 categories, racing a slightly different omnium format, with the points gained in each race leading to the overall result.
Starting off the evening – sprints. One lap of all-out effort, keen riders massing at the start eager to get away, pedal pedal pedal and then pedal even faster as the line approaches. 400 metres of racing to win or loose by half a wheel. Some excellent sprinting saw great wins by Florence, Elora and Constance, Mark, Seb Cliffe and Denholm giving them early leads in the overall competitions.
It was straight on to the 2nd event – time trials – half lap for U8s, one lap for U10s and a two lap pursuit for the U12s. It’s just rider versus stop watch, flat out to the finish. After a fine effort by Amelie in her one-lap TT, she said the key for her was to pretend ‘a car was chasing her’ – whatever tactic works!
A win again for Denholm, looking very strong in the U10 boys, and also for Emily, Ryden and Sam meaning the last race result would be key in their categories.
So it was on to the last races – mass rolling start ‘scratch’ races, 1, 2 or 3 laps depending on age. Tactics can make a difference here – do you take the front and keep the pace high, or shelter at the back and hope to sprint off the last bend. Thrilling races saw Constance and Mark take the wins in the U8s, Florence and Denholm in the U10s and Elora and Sam in the U12s.
After some nervous nail-biting (by parents) while the results were finalised – and it was extremely close in some, our regional champions proudly took their places on the podium: Constance Selfridge and Mark Ketteringham in U8s, Florence Greenhaigh and Denholm Edwards in U10s, and Elora Foley and Sam Hollis in U12s.
Well done to all riders, and big thanks to all the volunteers who made the evening happen.