Location: St Augustines School, Sandy Bed Lane, Scarborough
Event: 20 May 2012
With less than 70 days to the Olympics a fantastic entry of 22 young cyclists gathered on Sunday morning at St Augustines School, Scarborough for round 3 of the Go-Ride Racing Youth Mountain-Bike Series.
The course was laid out to challenge riders with drops, twists and turns with the added power zapping element of soft grass following the rains of the last two weeks.
Richardson’s club coach Dave Simpson was on hand to inspire and run mini training sessions to ensure all riders were confident before racing commenced at 10:15am.
Race one, the under 8’s, shot off with Francis Hirzel from York flying round the track to take first from Oscar Taylor and Alex Clarke, also from York. The first race for the under 10s age group was led by Holmfirth’s Joseph Barrans with his brother Sam in second and RCC girl rider Megan Simpson from Filey getting third place.
The under 12’s race was fiercely tussled out between Filey’s Cavan Walker who came home first ahead of Bridlington’s Reuben Allanson and RCC Club team member Bailey Thornton. Scarborough girl Fay Debenham determinedly stuck at it to complete the course in fifth place.
The U14/U16 race, using a drop off section of the track, was bravely tackled with York’s Jasper Wood took the U14 spoils and Gristhorpe’s Marcus Archer once more on aim beating RCC racers Callum Norris second and Andy Hume third.
The McDonalds Drive Thru Olympic Partner supported sprint race was a 200m dash over the playing fields with Ryan Bailey winning the U8’s and Joe Barrans the U10’s. Reuben Allanson took the U12’s from Fileys Bailey Thornton and Andy Hume winning the U16’s sprint.
For the British Cycling medal race Francis Hizel once again won the U8’s with Joe Barrans winning the U10’s from Megan Simpson. Jasper Wood won the U14’s and Marcus Archer took first under 16 with Callum Norris getting Bronze despite losing his chain on lap one
The next event which is great for beginners is on 1 July at Olivers Mount, Scarborough just two weeks before the Scarborough Cycling Festival. Visit www.richardsonscc.co.uk or contact event organiser Bryden Simpson on 01723 513773 for more information.