The fourth day of 2021 National Youth and Junior Track Championships was a test of endurance and stamina for the athletes in Glasgow.
The day was packed full of so many races it was a miracle the riders (and commissaires) could keep up.
The women’s under-16s 500m time trial was incredibly close with only 0.3 seconds separating the podium. Anna Whitworth Hay took the win, closely followed by Holly Ramsey in second and Isabel Sharp in third.
Things were even closer in the men’s under-16s 500m time trial with a just a hairs width deciding the win, with Harry Radford pipping Matthew Brennan to first place by just 0.087 seconds. Calum Moir followed closely in third, missing out on second by just 0.19 seconds. This just goes to show the high level of racing taking place in Glasgow.
The men’s junior 1km time trail saw Harry Ledingham-Horn crowned victorious again, taking the win and continuing his one hundred percent winning streak for the National Championships. Ross Birrell followed in second, with Joshua Giddings taking the final podium spot.
The youth Madison races followed next, with Cat Ferguson and Carys Lloyd showing they are the perfect pairing with a dominant win in the under-16s women’s Madison. Katie-Anne Calton and Holly Ramsey took second place, with Lowri Richards and Awen Roberts in third.
In the youth men’s race, the competition was significantly closer with just three points separating first and second. Sam Fisher and Finlay Tarling took first, with Mark Lightfoot and Calum Moir in second and Seth Jones and Tomos Pattinson in third.
Despite giving their all in multiple intense races, not only today but over the week so far, riders kept digging deep to find the energy for some outstanding competition. Joshua Tarling took the win in the men’s junior points race by 2 valuable points. Joshua Giddings showed his grit following his time trial podium narrowly missing out on gold, with Jack Brough taking the bronze position.
The talk of the day, however, were the records being broken left, right and centre. We saw a new unofficial world record by Zoe Backstedt in the 2km pursuit - 2:16.945. In the same event, Millie Couzens took second and Madelaine Leach took third.