Cat C under 12s at Hog Hill for the first of the Summer series. With 49 riders on the start sheet it was going to be a test for each and every rider who pinned a number on, with the long climb every lap this is not the norm for this category. 1st lap a large bunch of around 20 riders formed they climbed well with fresh legs.
Whilst they made it into the centre area together, on lap one an early attack saw the field break up and a group of seven riders formed 6 boys and one girl this group stayed together for the remainder of the race with the strong Girl dropping back a little on lap 4. On the bell there was a massive attack on the front group and four of the six boys went clear down the hill. Aaron Freeman and Harrison had some traffic on the decent and both played it safe which was the right thing to do.
This for me was one of the best races of the early season with the break forming early to take the race to a whole new level, with the riders providing attacks and great climbing it was a joy to watch.
The four leading riders battled hard for the points which went to:
1. Alexi Edwards
2. Thomas Gloag
3. Noah Charlton
4. Owen Williams
5. Aaron Freeman
6. Harrison Powell
|Firstly, the days racing was in memorial to Alan Rosner [1941–2012] who passed away last year after working tirelessly in the cycling community and with Eastern Region Youth & Junior racers. The organisation and racing was a credit to his name and the funds raised will be used to purchase a memorial bench to be placed at Hog Hill where he spent many enjoyable hours watching the action.Alans daughter Nikki had looked after Harrison when he was knee high to a grass hopper at nursery which kinda made this race a bit special for us.
Onto the action with the wind playing its part in this race it took off very quickly Lee Valley found themselves at the front of the field. With Arron Stone, George Pace and H setting a quick tempo. They shook off a few riders but in the main as they faced the wind the group slowed to allow the back markers a place in the bunch.
There were some good attacks by a number of riders but none could form the all important break.
On the bell with the wind at there tails it was up the hill for the finish into the alpine. Harrison got a great start to the hill and looked really strong with William Davis looking tremendous the battle commenced with the pack breaking up into the alpine. Will had got the bit between his teeth and picked up 3 BC points well deserved. Harrison held onto 5th place which was good.
Hard day at the office with the final round of the Winter in the Park series run by Finish line events.
Harrison competed in this series and started as an under 10s and moved to the under 12s after Christmas. Today was defiantly winter in the Park with Essex full of snow this morning it looked doubtful that H would race. After a few phones calls race on!! Kent had escaped the early white stuff.
Thanks to Chris Bully for picking team Powell up today. We arrived in plenty of time. Setup the LVYCC camp in the normal space however the easterly wind soon changed our mind.
Race started with the under 16s off first followed by the under 12s then the 14s.
In about the first quarter of a lap the pace stepped up with a small group braking away from the main group. Harrison was away with Aron Freeman and an unknown rider. The three stuck together for 3 laps or so the snow started to fall and with that Harrison found the pace too quick and fell back to leave him having a hard solo ride. Aron F and the other rider were left in contention for 1st and 2nd place. With one lap to go Aron broke clear and made his win look easy.
Harrison still out on his own with the early work he had done to secure him 3rd place, LVYCC teammate Aaron Stone was unlucky not to secure 4th place with a sterling ride but settled for 5th after he lost the final climb.
Other LVYCC results were
Lewis B 2nd
Callum B 5th
Mathew Sheppard 6th
well done team LV another demonstration on how to win points for the club.
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.
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.