National Youth Circuit series
Last Sunday hosted the final round of the British Cycling National Youth Circuit Series at Olivers Mount International Motorcycle Circuit, Scarborough. The circuit has a top and bottom split. The climb back up Olivers Mount is very tough, twice as steep as Ditchling Beacon but thankfully only about 250m long but then continues to drag uphill a further 300m to the finish.
U12 boys ready for the start of their race, the background of the picture gives an idea of the altitude!
There is nothing quite like it in any other Youth race in the UK and as well as being a National Series event it attracts riders from Scotland, Wales and Brighton for that very reason.
Luke taking a corner in the U12’s
PPYCC was represented by Luke Goodwill in the U12’s and Lukas Nerurkar in the U14’s. Luke says that the course was not technically difficult, but this was more than made up for in effort with the killer hill! The racing was fast!
A huge congratulations to Luke, who came 3rd overall in the race, the best position achieved by a PPYCC rider in the series this year!
Luke claiming his prize!
Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium
PPYCC second claim member George Pittock continued his recent good form with victory at the latest Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium U16 Boys race at Winchester on Sunday.
With a smaller entry than usual, because of holidays and the Scarborough nationals, the organisers ran the U14 and U16 races together. George, “fresh” from his own holiday and some big climbs in the French Alps, felt confident and attacked on the second of 20 laps. Nobody went with him and George settled back into the bunch, never lower than second or third wheel, and occasionally attacking off the front.
George made a decisive move with two and a half laps to go and opened up a significant gap. The chasing group were unable to close the gap and George came home for a memorable victory ahead of Matthew Houlberg and Owen Giles in second and third respectively and both of Portsmouth North End CC.
George (middle) claiming 1st prize!