Early start today, racing at Tunstall Forest for the Mud Sweat and Gears event. After one and half hours of coaching the racing was set, the rain had held off and the conditions were good.
The under 12s were set off and the lead riders set the 1st lap time of 3.28 Will D WWCC, Harrison and Felix both of LVYCC were 6 seconds up on the following riders.
Will leading Harrison with Felix just behind.
As they set off for the second lap a confused marshal directed around 10 riders from the lead group in the wrong direction.
I believe Harrison had taken the lead at this point and started to push on, to his and others horror they found themselves in the car park. A u turn to get back on track was the turning point of the race Harrison found himself well back on a number of riders and 39 seconds back from the Leader Felix LVYCC who had manged with Will to get back onto track quite quickly. Harrison was clearly upset as he battled to get back into the race but the short race was not going to allow him to make that amount of time up.
A few of the riders were upset about incident and when they race road week in week out together to they do have respect for each other which is very noble at 10 years old.
The organisers were mortified that such error had happened, this was no consolation to Harrison who had been looking forward to race for a couple of months. The drive home was a long one.
I read a Facebook post which suggests an under 12 female rider was pushed from her bike during the race. That is not in the spirit of any sporting event and is upsetting, knowing some of the boys which raced today they have even stopped to check on fallen riders.
This weekend see’s the start of the mud sweat and gears. I’m hoping to make a good challenge for the under 12s.
If you are new to Mud Sweat & Gears it’s a great event and really well run with plently of communications from the G and Matt.
Just come and have a go even if your young, I was only 6 years old when I first raced.
Today Harrison returned to cyclopark for part two of the San fairy ann races. The weather had taken a turn in comparison to the sunshine of last week but the numbers were the same.
Harrison had trained hard this week and learned from his mistake of last week.
The race got underway after a short delay because of a missing rider. The first lap saw the whole group together with Aaron Stone LVYCC leading and attacking from the front.
As the race developed the hard pace set by Arron took it’s toll on a number of riders and the pack split, a hardy group managed to stay together and a number of small attacks occurred but came to nothing.
So the race was left to the bell lap and exciting sprint finish, with Harrison working hard to keep a good position on the up hill finish and he jumped a number of riders, this resulted in him holding on to first place but only just as the Brighton rider nearly pipped him on the line.
A rider sadly died in the Severn Bridge road race after hitting a car head at 40mph. Last weekend.
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Second day at Cyclo Park in two days beginning to feel like our second home. The race took place on the bottom circuit this was the first time Harrison had raced this combination of track. The race was held with the U8s U10s & U12s which Harrison was in.
Some familiar faces on the start line today with Arron and William to note. The race got off to the normal quick start on lap 2 the field split out a bunch of around six riders came clear of the rest of the field. Arron and William broke away and looked to have the race in control. Harrison attacked with the some of the others in his group and closed the gap.
This done with three laps to go looked like it was going to make a spectacular finish with H putting in hard effort attacks right into the bell lap, on the last lap this proved to much for H and he got caught up with some back markers on his final attack which didn’t work out very well he finished 6th. Again another lesson in race position for H it was noted by many and including me that his attacks are strong but he needs to drop back one maybe two positions not five or six which he done today it left him to much work to do on the last effort. Not sure what the final result was but well done to Arron and Will who gave Harrison a good race.
CJ used his powerful sprint to secure 2 spot in the under 10s.
The long one, today Harrison rode the longest race of his race career so far he clocked 15 1/2 miles on his speedo. The first couple of laps at cyclo park in Gravesend were quite standard as the under 12s settled a nice little bunch with around 10 riders working together. Harrison’s teammate George Pace couldn’t find his normal attacking self today and sadly pulled out of the race. With the under 16s and 14s making a whole lap on the under 12s then passing them at speed the 12s were smashed apart whilst trying to hold on to the tails of the the bigger groups. Harrison was looking comfortable for a couple of laps with a West Suffolk rider but his earlier infection in the week and his cross country trials of the day before started to take there toll on his energy levels. After racing for nearly 40 minites he was in quite a state at the end of the race with nothing left in the tank. The confirmed results was 6th place.
With the under 16s and 14s racing at the same time it was difficult to follow all of the positions but a big mention has to go’s to Lewis Bully who won the race over all with a amazing sprint to the finish line against National Champion Dan Tullet.
CJ also had a very good race with the under 10s and we believe he came 5th with an extremely strong finish blowing his rivals racers away on the final sprint.