Round up of the weeks action
Summer in the Park
The sun was shining and to our surprise their was not much wind around which meant the group rode a tight race with no attacks and only a couple of riders being dropped. The race finished with a sprint and H finished in 4th place
LVYCC round two of the Summer series.
Once again a field of 35 riders took to the road, the plan for Harrison to break with Owen didn’t work out for them. The bunch stayed tight until the final hill when Harrison put a great attack in to reach the top of the hill first his efforts soon went down as the other riders past him on the final down hill. Big congrats goes to the winner Liam Hanks from B&D team for his first win, a very strong rider showing great promise for the future. H held onto 5th place.
Noah Charlton lead from the start with Harrison holding onto his wheel for a really good tight battle until 1/2 way round on the second lap when Noah broke away and held a gap to take victory. Good race for them both. CJ rode two laps and came 4th place overall.
A windy cyclopark for the 2nd of the 10 events, all the cylinders were working this week. Harrison the only LVYCC rider to make it on the night, rode with a group of six riders who broke early from the main bunch.
Lap three the action hotted up with Arron Freeman making a strong break to string out the group, H battled hard to chase down the second place rider who had managed to put some time between them he had left it a little to late to claim 2nd place and had to settle for 3rd place.
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
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.
Yes that is snow!!
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.
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.