Tandem Champs and Youth Omnium
28th June 2009
Thanks to Paul Barber
Unigraph Design 2009 National Tandem sprint Championships
A scorching hot sunny day was matched by equally scorching and close racing in the 2009 Unigraph Design National Tandem Sprint Championships. Coming out on top today as National Champions were the new pairing of Bruce Croall and Matthew Haynes City of Edinburgh RC, beating Ben Elliot VC St Raphael and John Saysell PCA Ciclos Uno 2-0 in the final.
The ride off for bronze was much closer and had some really tight exciting tandem sprinting requiring the photo finish to split Dave Readle and Simon Jackson SIS.COM from veteran Peter Boyd and David Heald of VC St Raphael. In the end Dave Readle and Simon Jackson SIS.COM beat the experienced Boyd and Heald 2-1.
Gold: Bruce Croall/Matthew Haynes
Silver: Ben Elliott/John Saysell
Bronze: Dave Readle/Simon Jackson
4th: Peter Boyd/David Heald
5th: Philip Braybrook/Paul Whatmough
Unigraph Design Midland and North Region Omnium - Newcastle Round
The standard of racing in all categories was fantastic as the Newcastle Track team put on another well managed Omnium meeting. The North and Midlands riders rode together for the prize money on the day, then the overall results were split into the respective regions. With racing lasting from 11am to 6pm, there were many races to talk about so I'll pick out some highlights of the day.
Under 16 Boys
Matt Rotheram of Sport City Velo just did enough to beat Rob Lambton (Brook Cycles) for overall honours in the Under 16 boys category. They got 11 points each and it came down to the Keiren win for the fast Rotheram to win on count back. Rotheram was extremely lucky as he came within 20 meters of being lapped in the Points race after some strong riding which would have wrecked his overall chances. Declan Burn of Brooks Cycles won a mass bunch sprint to win the Under 16 boys scratch race, whilst team mate Rob Lambton of Brooks Cycles did the ride of the meeting to scorch around the 800m TT in a time of 55.8 seconds, over 2 seconds quicker then 2nd placed Declan Burn.
Under 16 Girls
Jessica Crampton Sport City Velo showed she has a great sprint just like her brother Matt and used this to good effect to win the girls under 16 Omnium from Hannah Manley of Cardiff CC.
Under 14 Boys
Jacob Ragan of Sport City Velo won all 4 events in the Under 14 boys Omnium and dominated the event.
Under 14 Girls
The talented Emily Kay from Halesowen A & CC also got a clean sweep of 4 first places to dominate the Under 14 girls event.
Under 12 and Under 10 Girls and Boys
Joel Partington of Eastlands Velo had a close fought battle with Megan Barker and Emily Haycox both Maindy Flyers to win the Under 12 Omnium, whilst Jessica Roberts came out on top with a clean sweep of 4 wins to win the U10 Girls and Boys Omnium.
A big thank you to the helpers, riders, parents and sponsors in making the event happen on Sunday. We made a great effort and we were rewarded with great weather and a great day of racing after rain on the 17th May. Special mentions to the brains at the nerve centre - Sue Robinson, Bob Pinkerton, Barbara Emadi, Rik Notley, Chris Pyatt and Mark Barry along with our sign on refreshments and raffle team.
Thanks to Stoke City Council for the T-Shirts - they went down really well with the riders and a big thank you to Unigraph Design for sponsoring the event.
We can't do this without your support. Hot sunny days at the track are what it is all about!
Paul Barber, Organiser