Success for Calder Clarion Youngsters

Calder Clarion’s young Go-Riders enjoyed a fantastic afternoon’s racing in Bradford at the weekend, clinching two bronze medals.

Meghan breaking away from the main field

Organised by the Ilkley Cycling Club, the event at Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford included an individual time trial, a bunched start race for each age category and an Italian pursuit.

In her fiercely competitive under 12s bunch race, Megan Hoyle valiantly held her second place position for three of the four laps, before conceding to 4th place, but was still the highest placed girl. 

Several of our youngest riders in the under 8s circuit race found themselves boxed in at the back of the start and even involved in an accident on the first bend, but managed to recover suitably to achieve some impressive race positions. Douglas James steamed ahead to eventually take fourth position overall, and was the third boy home. 

Both Daniel Price and Daniel James came home with the front runners. 

Douglas moving ahead

In the under 10s, our Calder competitors Jack Cook and Ella Brooks-Cook faced a tough challenge after being inexplicably bumped up to a higher age group, but both put in strong performances. Jack and Louis Audain were nip and tuck racing each other in the bunch race and Sam Lister also showed off his road racing skills in this race.

Both Megan and Douglas pulled off scorching time trials which gave them both third places overall in their age categories and were thrilled to receive medals at the presentation.

All the children were given a certificate and had spent the sunny afternoon whizzing over the BMX bumps when they weren’t competing on the track.

Our practice of the Italian Pursuit event at the Calder Go-Riders’ Thursday evening sessions paid dividends when they all gave a great performance in the last event and nearly all of them rode in a winning team.

Go Ride Coach Martin Price said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our young riders out there giving it their all and loving every minute of it. It was a good chance to try riding on tarmac as opposed to the mud of the cyclo-cross competitions.

Sam powers down the straight

“We were all so proud of them and hope they come to many more events. They were a credit to the club and themselves. Well done everyone.”

It’s been a great season for the newest riders on the scene, with a total of six medals between them this autumn. At an earlier Go Ride event at Richard Dunn Sports Centre in October, Daniel Price scooped a bronze medal for his performance in the time trial and under 8s race.

The Go Ride team have represented Calder Clarion at many cyclo-cross events since September including Yorkshire Points Series events at Thornes Park, Temple Newsam, Huddersfield Star Wheelers and Huddersfield New Collegeand the Yorkshire championship at Newsome. Four younger riders also competed at the National Clarion XC Championships at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham last month organised by Nottingham Clarion. Meghan Hoyle finished 5th in the U12 Girls Championships and in the U9 Boys, Douglas James was 4th, Daniel James 8th, Louis Audain 9th and Daniel Price 12th. 

At the same meeting Go-Ride coaches, parents and helpers were racing in the Senior and Vets Championships In the Senior event, Jonny Croston was 5th and Ross Burton 11th. Martin Price took 2nd place in the Vets Championship and Chris James 3rd.

Dan’s having fun

The James brothers represented their team at a North East region cyclo-cross event in Bedlington in October, with Doug achieving third place in the under 8s race.

by Rosey James

Photographs Chris James

Calder Young Cyclists Web Site

Daniel waiting to start the Italian Pursuit

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