Dundee Youth Omnium 15th June 2013 Caird Park Dundee
After being postponed due to rain fingers and toes where crossed this morning the weather forecast wasn’t going to hold true. Although dark clouds loomed heavy on the horizon we were in luck and it stayed dry for racing with even a few short spells of sunshine.
With 76 riders from across the country there was going to be some serious completion on the recently refurbished 400m track at Caird Park. In an omnium event riders compete in multiple races with points awarded for the finishing position in each race. Points are rewarded in reverse order so first place gets 1 point, second gets 2 points etc. So like a game of golf the aim is to get the lowest score.
First event was the individual time trial, 1 lap for the Youth D, E & C’s and 2 laps for the Youth A&B’s. Although an individual effort against the clock riders did have someone to chase as there were two riders on track at the same time. One starting on the home straight and one starting on the back straight. All the riders where showing they meant business with fractions of a second separating the top riders.
For the Youth D&E’s their second race was a sprint race fairly simple fast as you can first to cross the line wins. Then it was on the Devil/Elimination Races, all riders set off together in one group for one safe lap from then on last rider to cross the line on each lap is eliminated until only three riders remain then it’s a sprint for the finish.
For the D&E’s it was onto their last event before lunch with a 3 lap scratch race. Callum Reid, SBC Wallace Warriors pulled out a consistent performance getting 1st place in all 4 events given him 1st overall in Youth D&E. Lewis Steele, Johnstone Jets and Alastair Meiklejohn Discovery Juniors battled it out for 2nd and 3rd place with just 1 point separating them after 4 events!
A quick stop for lunch, prize giving for the Youth D&E’s and a few spots of rain it was back out for the Scratch races; 5 laps for youth C’s, 12 laps for Youth B’s and 16 laps for the youth A’s. It was a game of tactics in all categories with riders biding their time to bring it a photo finish.
Then it was time for John to fire up the motorbike and get on the track for the Keirin races. A couple of laps in behind the motorbike gradually increasing the pace then an all-out sprint to the line for the last lap and a half.
Onto the final races of the day it was time to get the abacus out for the point’s race! Riders set off together to do multiple laps with intermediate sprints every 3 or 4 laps to add to the points tally. In the youth B’s Jenny Holl from Stirling Bike Club pulled out an outstanding lead almost catching the back of the main group!
Event Organiser John Bremner said” It’s a been a fantastic day, so pleased the rain held off to give us a full day of racing for all the riders.”
Discovery Juniors would like to thanks Dundee council for their support with the venue, Spokes cycles for providing prizes and all the volunteers, parents and riders for a great day of racing.