Academy riders take on a technically demanding circuit in the heart of Cardiff for the national youth circuit series ahead of the Velothon race.

Image: Huw Fairclough

Last year’s inaugural Velothon Youth race saw Matt Cox take the clubs first national road podium place, this year there was a slight tweak to the circuit to allow for faster flowing racing but essentially riders who were technically strong & able to make repeated attacks out of the corner would do well.

With heavy rain overnight and in the morning the circuit would be even more of a challenge.

Laura was up first in one of the days smaller fields of riders the racing got off to a fast pace with the first crash occurring within the first half lap as the riders went from full with to half width after a tight 90 degree bend. Obviously put off by the crash Laura held back for the first quarter of the race. A number of big attacks caused splits in the bunch with Laura the wrong side of it. With more space on the track Laura started to grow in confidence and with the rain now hammering down Laura bit in a big 4 lap effort to regain the head of the race and started to move up as riders started to drop out of the back a top 12 position looked certain.

Onto the final lap and the girls were all still together, into the final corner one of the favourites overcooked it, Laura was able to just about avoid the crash and a strong sprint saw her take 6th place, another fantastic result and another great step forward.

Sam was up next, a huge field of riders saw Sam gridded further back in the bunch, another fast pace lead to a few crashes and splits in the bunch. With the gaps now open Sam was working hard but dropping further back eventually coming home after a hard ride

Last up & our biggest contingent of riders with 3 in the Youth A Boys. Another big field of 80 riders got off to a fast start and again another crash after one of the 180 degree turns saw the race halted as an ambulance was called onto the circuit. After the restart George whilst looking comfortable in the bunch had dropped his saddle dropped on the bumpy circuit, unable to take a lap out he continued to chase but with the bunch largely all together and the hammer down he wouldn’t re-join. Shortly after Morgan who wasn’t looking forward to racing the circuit lost contact with the bunch with a mechanical , working a smaller group they were racing hard but falling further behind.

More bad luck was to follow as Charlie’s lost contact, working hard in a group racing for around 40th place.

Into the final 3 laps and into one of the fast flowing corners a rider ahead of Morgan overcooked it hitting the barriers hard and causing a number of other riders to hit the injured rider causing a knock on effect that saw Morgan go down over the bars really heavily. We was still recovering from a heavy fall a few weeks ago at Castle combe, causing the wounds to reopen. The race was now suspended with the injured riders being extracted from the course the race restarted with only the top 30 riders racing over 5 laps.

Overall not the best days racing for the boys but another great result from Laura meant the days was not a complete loss.


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