South West Youth Series is Go!

South West Youth Series is Go!

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South West Youth Series is Go!

Story posted February 3; by Ric Jamieson (Talent Development Coach)

The South West Region are to host their own Youth Circuit Race Series to encourage quality racing and to act as qualifying events for a new regional team. The South West regional board are backing the series and  funding is in place to send the best placed riders to two rounds of the National Youth circuit race series in South West colours. All of these events will act as preparation for this years UK School Games in Newcastle where the country's best youth cyclists will compete.



The regional staff have worked hard with race organisers to ensure that the series is spread out across the region which we hope will encourage everyone to experience the events and encourage riders to race outside of their locality. With all five races counting, riders will have to ensure that they don't drop any vital points from missing a round. Points will be awarded to the first nine riders (10pts for a win, 8pts for 2nd down to 1pt for 9th place). At stake is a place in the team which will consist of four male & four female riders with a reserve for each.

The dates are as follows:
13 Mar: 1st Chard Spring Circuit Series; Ilton Somerset
24 Apr: Porteath Crits, Cornwall
18 May: Youth Circuit Racing: Barnstaple Karts, (Note: 18:30 start) North Devon
20 May: Team Tor2000 Circuits: Ilton, Somerset
31 May: Totnes Town Centre Races, South Devon

These races are linked to the regular series of races taking place at each venue during the course of the spring and summer and so will be great events to further hone your race skills!

Coaches Note: A note to coaches of youth riders in the series. Regional Talent Development Coach; Ric Jamieson would like to use this opportunity to hold coaching forums after each of the five races over a coffee or tea to discuss the race, look at strengths and possible development needs of the riders and coaches. If you would like to be involved with these, please email ricjamieson@britishcycling.org.uk

This will be a real opportunity for the young riders in the South West to demonstrate their skills, with leaders jerseys and trophy's on offer it's time to get training!