2019 Youth National Championships at OULTON Park – May 2019

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A bit shy to point to the stripes

Suffolk Youth Race Team travelled to Oulton Park in Cheshire with Abbey and Aaron, supported by their families.

Abbey and Aaron both had terrible starts, got hustled off a rolling start line and ended up at the back due to a bit of unusual riding by a rider that eventually came almost last. They also both survived a crash in the peloton that split the u10s and u12s and both fought their socks off.

Both pulled through and got back into the group, with Abbey pulling herself just shy off the under 12 group off the front. Very strong ride from Abbey and she won the under 10 girls by a fair distance, and tbh I think only one boy in the under 10’s was ahead of her…. Aaron did well, until a Marshall pulled him off with the under 8’s after 2 laps… Luckily, club official, Riana was there to get him back on the track, by then some momentum, positioning had gone but he fought his was back. No idea where he came yet but he had a big smile afterwards, and really enjoyed riding the race course… ‘dad it felt like the tour de France with the motorbikes alongside us’… We know Aaron has loads of work to do but he enjoyed himself so for me, it was a success (by Billy Pittson).

There are plenty of riders in the team coming through that could do well next year.

Proud National Champion
Aaron and Abbey having a team pic taken before the start

Billy steadying Aaron on his rollers
An ever increasingly busy Pit Lane
Strange behaviour at the gridding area, with dad protecting Abbeys rear mech
Straight after the bad start with Abbey and Aaron way at the back
Abbey soon caught Sophia and passed using coached technique to pull a quick gap
Abbey then set off after eventual second placed girl Lauren
Aaron driving along the start finish line catching riders as he tried to make up time after being taken off
Determined to move up the field in pursuit of he next rider
Abbey making the hill look easier this year
Aaron passing another rider in contador-esque style
Abbey passing U12 boys
Breather before setting off after the next group of U12s
2nd U10 (1st girl) after losing so much time at the start
Abbey taking the flag to become National /champion, not that she knew that at the time
Gallant effort trying to catch someone who wasn’t there in the end
I think this is called dabbing
Happy riders after such brilliant efforts from both
Getting her gold Medal
3 happy girls
Happy Kids with coach
Team mates
Simply my favourite photo (by Riana)
Race report by Billy, Riana and Leon
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