Suffolk Youth Race Team (SYRT) had its launch on the 16th of December at IBC’s cyclocross event at Trinity Park. The team had 9 riders out in under 8s, U10’s, U12s and Under 14s out of around 16 approximately. Most of the riders were chasing league positions, with a view to move up a position or hold onto a position. The team is doing very well in the Eastern Cross League with Callum in 4th place and Eva in first place. In under 10s we have Abbey who is regional champion in 2nd place, and now after coming second on the 16th now not looking like regaining 1st place, and almost certainly coming 2nd. In under 12s we have the ever present and very quick Ben Howlett who is looking at 4th or 5th in the league, and is fighting hard. Ben came 3rd which was very good considering the field he is competing in and also beat Oscar Everett for the first time this year. Well done Ben. Outside of the league we had Oscar riding in Under 14s, who rode very well in a very fast race. I’m sure that Oscars mum, family and friends were impressed with his natural talent. Imogen and Kian both had a great time in the under 12s, after a lengthy time out. Great to see Imogen having fun, and enjoying the social gathering at the end of the race with her team mates. Monty rode very confidently in his first race in Under 12s, and finishing well. We met new members Tallulah and Aaron who should be racing before the seasons out. The youths had a great time, and that’s the most important thing.
Central England and Eastern England Combined Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships
On Sunday Welwyn Garden City hosted the combined Central and Eastern Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships. The course was slippery after the previous night’s rain. As the Under10s and Under8s lined-up with deep concentration on their faces; the commissaire blew his whistle to start therace. The field burst into life with everyone checking who was around them. Abbey Thompson of ‘Suffolk Youth Race Team’ led the Under10 girls into the first corner with the top three boys just ahead of her. Abbey raced against Isabel Beale from Lea Valley and Katie Allsop from Hillingdon with mixed success this year; this time she rode away from both. The boys accelerated out of the corners quicker with Abbey reeling them back in along the straights. An elated Abbey took 1st place in the combined Central and Eastern U10 girl competition and is also Eastern Regional Champion. Callum Thompson started really well from the back of the grid, due to being only 5 years of age racing against 8-year olds. Callum stormed around beating a number of older riders. Callum finished 3rd in Under8 boys in the Eastern Region.
Redgrave Cyclocross 2018
Redgrave near Diss was the venue for round 11 of the Eastern Cyclocross league.
Under 10 Girls Abbey Thompson rode well, but got held up by a boy and couldn’t close the gap back to the leaders. Abbey finished 2nd girl.
This course wasn’t technical, but the long grass made it very energy sapping. Hopefully the next league round at Trinity Park Ipswich on the 16th December will favour our riders a little more.
Photos by Simon Howlett and Tommy Tomlinson
What a Great Weekend.
Abbey Thompson competed in the Central League’s Under 10s Cyclocross event at the Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday. Abbey had a good start, and was first into the first corner with a large field following her. Abbey took the lead for almost the race. In the last half lap Abbey collided with a rider she was lapping, which meant she lost a place and finished a few seconds behind the winner giving her 2nd overall, but still 1st Girl.
Photos by Keith Perry
What a Great Weekend.
Sunday saw Abbey repeating her Saturday U10 girls win and second overall, but this time in the Eastern Region, at Colchester with another strong ride in a large field, which included some of the counties fastest U10 girls (This was due to a lack of races in other regions).
Photos on the podium by Oscar, and photos around the course by Tommy Tomlinson
Abbey above coming first
Oscar in his first race
A good day at West Stow CX for SYRT with Abbey coming 1st
Photos by Riana and Simon