Summer was finally in the air and set the scene for a fantastic day of racing at the Newcastle under Lyme track. Over 91 riders took to the track in a packed programme of over 50 events and heats. The event contained a mixture of youth and experience, with 12 riders in the exciting tandem sprint, along with stars of the future in the youth races.
Swinnerton Cycles National Tandem Sprint Championship 2012
Barney Storey VC of St Raphael and Neil Fachie of Ythan CC came out on top to win the National Tandem Sprint Championship after some very close racing. The pairing qualified fastest and held off Bruce Croal and Kenneth Ayre of City of Edinburgh in the final 2-0. This added the National Tandem Sprint Championship to their long list of wins that include gold medals from major Paralympic events. Seasoned riders John Saysell and Ben Elliott came third, beating Pete Boyd and David Heald of VC St Raphael 2-1.
The crowds were treated to a master class of close, fast and exciting tandem riding from all the riders including Megan Boyd who had clearly learnt a trick or two from her father Peter Boyd.
Swinnerton Cycles North Region Youth Omnium
Under 16 Boys
A large field of 34 under 16 boys battled over the five Omnium events, with some fast and furious racing from the moment the scratch race started. Charlie Tanfield from Velo 29 was the top rider on the day, taking a well deserved win from Leon Gledhill Planet X. With the fight for third place being extremely close, four riders tied on 32 points, only separated by the way they finished in the final Time Trial. All the riders are to be commended for an excellent display of riding which was clearly ahead of their years, displaying plenty of promise for their future within the sport.
Under 16 Girls
Melissa Lowther of Aire Valley RT repeated last year’s performance and gave a dominant display of riding in the under 16 girls scratch, points, elimination, Keirin and 800m time trial. Winning all five events to get the lowest possible score of five in final standings of the omnium. Lauren O'Brien RST Trigon claimed second place, again repeating her 2011 performance, holding off Victoria Kinrade into third place.
Under 14 Boys
Newcastle Track regular Matthew Walls of Velocity 3inONE showed he had put in some hard training over winter. He gave a dominant display of riding in the scratch, points, elimination, Keirin and time trial winning all five events to win the under 14 boys category. Reece Wood Aire Valley RT rode consistently to take second place from Jake Dobson.
Under 14 Girls
The two under 14 girls rode with the under 16 girls. Eleanor Dickinson of Beacon Wheelers won all her events and was also really competitive against the older age category even though she was on a smaller gear.
Under 12 Boys and Girls
It's always great to see a field of under 12 riders racing and this was no exception. These stars of the future battled away spinning little gears and all had big smiles on their faces. Nathan Hawthorn Cycle Sport Pendle came out on top with five wins in five races to score the lowest possible score. Whilst rider Luke Cheetham Eastlands Velo rode consistently, moving up the rankings to take a fine second place overall from Euan Cameron East Bradford CC.
Under 10 Boys and Girls
There were two under 10 riders and with some close fought racing, Lewis Steele came out on top on the day.
Racing is held at Newcastle under Lyme Track every Thursday from 6.00pm for freewheelers and 7.15pm for the main track league, with training sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Friday evening for Freewheelers. See our new website for more information and full results www.newcastletrack.co.uk