- GO GOLD Athlete
- British Cycling
- Catmose College
- Achievements from Application:
- Stage win in the U16 Isle of Man Youth Tour BC National Series, and second overall in the General Classification
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Catmose Sports
Sunday was the first round of Youth National Road Race Series at the Redbridge circuit Essex. The race was hard from the start, with lots of attacks and riders dropping off the large peloton of over 90 riders.
The race was an hour long and ended as an uphill sprint finish between a group of 30+ riders. I was badly placed, but managed to work my way through the group to finish 15th. I was a bit annoyed because I felt strong at the end.
I'm looking forward to the next race in the series in the Isle of Man.
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For February half term holiday I went to Mallorca for a training camp, it was a tough week of training.
- Day 1: 70 miles
- Day 2: 50 miles due to rain
- Day 3: 100 miles
- Day 4: 100 miles
- Day 5: 80 miles
- Day 6: 110 miles
510 miles in 6 days, with lots of climbing. I was very tired after all the riding. Now I am back to my usual training, getting ready for the first National at Redbridge in London, I'm looking forward to the race.
Newport Ice Breaker Omnium Race
Ice Breaker is a velodrome race in Newport. It is the first big race of the season, it is just below national level and lots of good riders come to race. The racing was fast, there was 50 riders so they split us into 2 groups and the first half of each group would qualify to go to the final. I qualified for all the races, I came 5th in the scratch final, 4th in the elimination, but I messed up the points race which meant I got 6th overall in the whole omnium.
Over the winter I have been doing lots of base miles. Now it has got wet and muddy I have stopped doing cyclo-coss and started to focus on the road and track season ahead. I am really looking forward to the racing this year - 2017.
The road season is over and the cyclo-cross (bike racing done in fields using racing bikes with nobbly tyres) season has started. After a muddy wet start at Hardwick Hall, most of the races have been dry and fast. I have had a couple of reasonable results and I am currently in third place in the Notts and Derby League. I have been doing a lot of road training rides to help improve my fitness ready for next years' road season.
The road season has come to a close and the final race was the Hitchin Criterium, the race started at very fast pace and early on groups stated to form. I managed to make the front group of five, towards the end 2 riders dropped off the group, leaving me and 2 other riders out front. I lost out in the sprint but came 3rd in the race.
This meant at the end of the road season I am ranked 28th U14 Boy in the country according to the British Cycling national rankings.
This was my first overseas International Race, with riders taking part from all over Europe.
It was a six day tour with a different race every day and the overall position based on cumulative time. It started with a short 'prologue' Time Trial, I came 19th, just 6 seconds behind the fastest time. The following days were a variety of different races. The leader managed to get in a small breakaway which put time gaps into the rest of the field.
I finished 19th overall on GC out 80 + riders. With a best race finish of 13th.
The National Champs this year was held at the Hog Hill circuit, Lee Valley Velopark, Redbridge, London. The race started at a fast pace and the peloton whittled down to a group of about 35 riders, including me, from the 80 who started the race. With about 8 laps to go a solo break went up the road, he held onto win the race. I got caught up in a crash with 6 laps to go, but managed to rejoin the lead peloton and finished 26th overall. I was 5th out of the younger U14s.
Yesterday I competed in the British Schools National Championships at Darley Moor, Derbyshire. I got in a breakaway with another rider, but I lost out in the sprint when my shoe cleat came out of the pedal, so I finished second. I was disappointed since I felt strong and wasn't able to take the race to the finish. I still managed to win the East Midlands U13 boys title.
I also did a 10 mile TT race for the GHS qualifier and got a PB of 27:08 I was 3rd in the time trial and beat my PB by 2 minutes.
A week ago the weather was nice for the Loughborough Crit and for once I didn't have to wear thermals. The race had a good size field and started off at a fast pace up the hill and then really fast on the decent where we had to bunny hop speed bumps. As we sprinted in and out of corners the field split up, with my team mate up the road and me in the following group of four. I came 4th in the race just missing out on the podium.
Last weekend I went with my team mates to the famous one day classic race - the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.
On Saturday we got to ride the course including some of the famous cobbled climbs and secteurs.
On the Sunday we watched the start of the Womens race - which Lizzie Armistead won. Then we watched the mens race. It was good fun watching the race and meeting some of the riders, including Team Sky. But the best part was riding the course and doing the famous climbs.
No breaks, not great weather and another big sprint finish. I came 9th after not positioning myself very well.
The final race of the series, there were lots of breaks which I managed to get into, but it all came together again for another sprint finish. This time I positioned myself well, but I didn't have the sprint to compete for the win, in a close finish I came 5th. I was happy with this considering I am in the younger age group. I'm now looking forward to the first National Race at Hetton.
March is the start of the road racing season for me and every Saturday in March I raced at the MK Bowl. My first year racing in the under 14 age category.
The first road race of the year, the weather wasn't good, there were no splits and it ended up in a bunch sprint where I came 9th.
A sunnier race and a faster pace, the group split and a break of 9 went away with me in it, another 4 just caught us before the finish, then it was a sprint to the line where I came 6th.
This month I haven't had any races so I have just been training for the road season. At half term I was lucky enough to go to Majorca to do some training. During the week I completed my first 100 miler, I also managed to get in a lot of climbing, the best climb was the iconic 10 km Sa Colobra; tough but awesome. The most exciting part was the fast (40 mph +) and sweeping 15 km long descent from Puig Major.
My year has started with with some long winter base miles, building up the endurance in my legs.
I have joined a new team 'The MI racing Academy' where I have great coaches to help me.
In January I did two track omnium races (Tuesday nights Derby Velodrome). I had a good series of results (4th elimination, 3rds in the corse de primes and longest lap)
In week 1 I got the 'Coaches Award'.
I am looking forward to the start of the road season and I am very pleased to have been awarded GO-GOLD funding.