Location: Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Event: 10 May 2012
Week two and whilst the weather was far from perfect, the enthusiasm of the youngsters continues to amaze who are now a bit longer in the tooth and the preceding Go-Ride sessions were inundated with keen young cyclists anxious to practise their skills in and out of the cones and other obstacles.
The racing in the youth categories was keenly contested and with many of the guys now riding in the senior races having ‘cut their teeth’ riding in the Castle Combe Summer Series youth races. The future of the sport looks assured with the current group of youngsters who have all come through the Go-Ride and youth racing programme up at the circuit.
This week the 3rd and 4th category riders started two minutes prior to the E/1/2’s and didn’t get overhauled for some time by the E/1/2 field. There were a number of skirmishes off the front of the 3rd/4th cat bunch most notably Dave Rutty and Scott Chalmers fresh from his win the previous evening at Bath. Inevitably the finish resulted in a bunch sprint that was taken in fine style by Ben Hona going one better than the previous week where he finished second.
In the senior race a break of four riders established early on with Marcin Biablocki, Hugh Wilson, James Lowsley Williams and Tom Stockdale all riding strongly together to carve out a considerable lead very quickly. A chasing group of around 15 riders tried in vain to get across and in the end only just kept clear of what was left of the main bunch, Bialolblocki taking the victory.
In both races there were a number of minor crashes where riders slipped in the damp conditions including Ben Luckwell whilst driving the chasing group in the E/1/2 event.
British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.