Caelan decided he wanted to ride the last meet of the Beyond Spring Crits series as Hillingdon Road Circuit will host a National Youth Circuit race later in the Summer. Under 8’s to under 12’s started in the same race and from the off most of the under 12’s pulled away from the younger’s as the fine weather made for fast racing…
We also knew he was in for a tough race as on the start line were Kye Lewis (Willesden Cycling Club) and Harvey Tadman (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) both of whom previously got the better of him in race two of the Hiilingdon Slipstreamers Winter Series. Basically, he had unfinished business.
Caelan started poorly and was dropped way down in the field, but within a lap he was back up with the under 10’s and looking comfortable in the group. Though unknown to him, Joe Kiely of Welwyn Wheelers had signed on late with a new steed and with so many riders he didn’t take note as he moved ahead looking so unfamiliar.
After a couple of laps Harvey Tadman fell of the pace which left CJ dicing with Kye Lewis and an unknown under 12 rider for half the race. Eventually the unknown Team Milton Keynes racer launched a strong attack which dropped Kye Lewis with Caelan just managing to hang on his wheel where he remained until the bell for the last lap. CJ then held station waiting for the final turn where he rounded his rival and executed a more than 250 metre sprint to the finishing flag.
Once the dust had settled CJ soon realised that Joe Kiely was in the race further ahead with some other under 12’s and had taken first place but was happy with the outcome as ever.
Great racing and with the results not yet published we will have to see on the final placings as Hillingdon is notorious for being incorrect.
Final results Video of final sprint
I am an avid cyclist who has always been a loner riding for distance. My last adventure was 180km from Nurnberg to Munich. I have always enjoyed riding and was wondering about the idea of racing and team riding. Any thoughts?
Well done Caelan it pays never to give up. Fight to end for your place.
Join a cycling club and learn the fundamentals. This link will give an insight as to why… https://boybettercycle.com/2012/11/10/cycling-guide-to-youth-road-racing/