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North West Youth Tour
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North West Youth Tour
June 06, 2012, 06:43:56 PM »
North West Youth Tour - 02/6/12 to 04/6/12
PART 1 STAGES 1 AND 2
The ERC Martin Currie youth race team were in action at the recent North West Youth Tour, held at the UClan centre in Preston, the Salt Ayre circuit in Lancaster and the seafront circuit in Blackpool, 5 stages over 3 days of racing.
The NWYT is one of the biggest races in Britain for youth racers in the season, it attracts foreign teams such as the Czech Republic National U16 boys team, and a Dutch U16 girls team WRV de Peddelaars. It is a round of the National Youth Circuit Series and with 85 starters in the Youth A boys it guarantees fast and furious racing.
ERC riders included :-
Youth A (under 16) race team :-
Guest rider from Glasgow riderz Rhys Donnelly (to help us qualify for the team classification)
Youth B / U14:-
Youth C / U12;
The first stage was only 8 miles, 8 laps around the fairly flowing circuit with a good surface. It was guarnateed to be full on from the start and it was most likley to end in a bunch sprint so a position at the front was vital for a good performance.
The gridding was based on results from the first round of the National Circuit Series (the Ilse of Man YT), which myself along with most of the other riders didnt go to as it clashed with the UK school Games. This meant it wasnt too much of a panic to get to the front on the grid as all the fastest riders didnt go aswell, so were gridded around me.
Time bonuses were offered to the first 6 positions, this would be all that would seperate everybody in the bunch until the last day.
For the first 6 laps I worked my way up from mid bunch until 2 laps to go where I found myself at the front alongside Stuart and Hamish. I followed a couple of moves as a precaution but I didnt attack instead I saved myself for the bunch sprint to be in the best possible position. On the last lap with approx 800m to go I was in second row of the fastly moving bunch, about 10 riders back. I tried to take the risk to go underneath the person who was in front of me by riding in the gutter, whilst going around the corner. Unfortunalty I got halfway before my pedal dug into the grass and flipped me up, I luckily unclipped in time to save my bike from crashing into the ground. However the bunch all went flying past me, I chased but my tyres were slipping on the final corners because of grass they had on them. I lost 14 seconds to the bunch, 24 to the leader if you included time bonuses so realistcally unless I got in a break on the hillier / windier course on the final day my GC hopes were over after the first stage. Gabriel Cullaigh (who went on to win the overall) won the stage.
Stage 2 was much longer and was held in the afternoon. This time we contested 25 miles. I was again in a rubbish gridding position but this time it would be much easier to move up the field. It took me about 15 laps to get from second last row up to the front 15 of the bunch, where I immedialtly attacked. Levi Moody from RST Trigon(who I have been / would be in more breaks with) went with me and we got some daylight from the bunch but it only lasted for 3/4 of a lap before we were chased and caught. There was loads more moves going off the front but I managed to keep my position near the front of the bunch, where I finished a decent 8th behind winner Charlie Tanfield.
Part 2 will be up shortly!
"Shut up legs, you listen to me!"
Re: North West Youth Tour Hamishs view
Reply #1 on:
June 11, 2012, 05:03:05 PM »
Posting this on behalf of ERC youth A team mate Hamish Carrick.
The first race was an eight-lap race around the narrow Preston circuit, we all knew from the start it was going to be fast from the start. With 3 laps in there was a massive crash on the finishing straight to they stopped the race and restarted the race, with one less rider racing. The second time round it was just as fast! With Stuart finishing in the top 15, me about 20 back, and Sean just off the back after taking a corner to fast and going onto the grass. And Rhys and Ben just off the back of the group.
The second race was longer, at 25 laps, it looked like the race was to be more relaxed. The first 5 laps where full on to try and drop some of the slower riders but the bunch was still 60 riders strong. Stuart, Sean and I had a few attacks during the race, but they where all chased down by an over excited bunch. But with about 5 laps to go coming over a narrow bridge there was a big crash containg a lot of the main contenders in, Stuart went down. So as Ben came round, he gave him a massive turn and made up about 20 seconds on the bunch to get Stuart back up there for the finish. Not sure on finishing positions but me, Stuart and Sean all managed to stay in the leading bunch with Ben and Rhys a few seconds down.
The second day was on a much narrower, and untechnical course in Lancaster. With the first race clockwise round the course, and the second race anticlockwise. It was rainy start which made for a slipper circuit. The first race went well with Stuart being out in a group of about 5 big names for a few laps, but was brought back. Sean out by himself for a lap, and me out with 2 others for 2 laps. But the bunch was letting anybody go again today either. But with a 2 laps to go I was in a crash and was forced into a bush, so I had chase back on, and Sean also went down in a separate crash.
The afternoons race didn’t go so well for me Rhys or Ben as we crashed about halfway into the race. I was able to get straight up and chase back onto the bunch. Rhys and Ben got a lap out and also got back onto the bunch. The race wasn’t as slippy as in the morning, but it was still very difficult to move up.
The final day was always going to be the stage which decided the GC as it was not only the longest, but the most testing course, with the final day on Blackpool promenade. There was a short hill and then a hairpin left-hand bend at the top, then at the other end of the course there are two sharp left-hand turns with a sprint out of every corner. It was a fast pace right from the off, with many small breakaways, but none of them got over 20 seconds advantage in the first 3 quarters of the race. Me and Sean managed to stay in the main group with 3 laps to go and then we blew. Stuart was off the front with the winner of the same stage from two years ago, they had a small advantage up the hill but it was brought back on the back straight. With Stuart finishing in the top 20, me behind, Sean then Ben and then Rhys.
A fantastic weekend of racing with lots of attacking and mixing it up with the countries best.
Hamish 28th at 1:40
Stuart 36th at 4:39
Sean 38th at 5:48
Rhys 58th at 13:24
Ben 62nd at 18:08
"Shut up legs, you listen to me!"
Re: North West Youth Tour
Reply #2 on:
June 12, 2012, 09:43:47 PM »
Great stuff guys, sounds like some brilliant racing experience. Keep up the good work!
Re: North West Youth Tour
Reply #3 on:
June 13, 2012, 05:26:27 PM »
Posted on behalf of our guest Glasgow Riderz team mate Rhys Donnelly;
North West Youth Tour 2012
Me, Stuart, Hamish, Sean, Ben, Brynley and Scott all travelled down in a mini van accompanied by Suzanne Balfour and Ross who took the bikes, rollers and big bags in their own van. We stayed in a caravan which was really fun and a lot better than staying in a hotel also it was relatively close to all the races.
Day 1 was at Preston sports arena we had short 8 mile race and a long 25 mile race. The first of the two was the short 8 mile race which we all thought would be a basically a sprint from the very start. We all done separate warm ups which lasted around forty minutes. We cycled round to the start line with ten minutes to spare which was plenty time. I got an all right position on the starting grid about half way up. It started off really fast and stayed like that until there was a crash that wrecked the mat that picks up the transponders. The organisers had to stop us and restart the race. They also re gridded the start which meant I ended up in the third from the back line it then started up again even faster than it had been. I found it really hard to move up the bunch so I was at the back for most of it. I got dropped on the last lap and was 29 seconds down on the leader.
The next race was the long 25 mile race. I was expecting more of the same but a wee tad slower. We all done a 30 minute warm up led by Hamish then again cycled over to the start. I again got a decent place on the start grid about half way up. It started fast for the first couple of laps and then slowed up a wee bit but not much. Again I found it hard to move up the bunch because of the speed. The pace was kept high throughout the 25 miles until there was a big crash near the end which Stuart was caught up in. I finished just off the back of the bunch again.
Day 2 was at Salt Ayre Sports Arena Lancaster. There was again two races both the same length of 15 miles. We all thought that since they weren’t that long that it would be really fast. We done the same warm up as the day before again led by Hamish. The first of the two races was wet but only a light rain which made the track a bit more slippy. I rode the race well, I just sat to far back which meant I had to sprint out of every corner to stay with the bunch. I knew that If I sat further up in the next race I would do well. I was really quite lucky as there was four crashes and I missed all of them by luck more than anything to be honest. I finished with the bunch but at the back.
The second race of day 2 was the other 15 mile race. We again done the thirty minute warm up which was again led by Hamish. I knew from the race before that I had to sit further up the bunch and I would be ok plus find it much easier than being at the back of the bunch. It started just as the last one did really fast, as we were expecting, I found riding up the sides of the bunch a lot easier than trying to move up through the middle of the bunch. I managed to get up the bunch quite fast and was sitting two thirds of the way up the bunch. I was moving up the outside of the bunch again when I got pushed off the side of the road on to the grass and when I tried to get back up on to the road the grass was a bit lower than the road and I crashed taking out Hamish and Ben with me, lucky I was a soft landing for them, plus some other people who cycled in to the back of me. I was unable to take my lap out as I was lapped by the bunch I jumped back on the back and finished just out the back again.
The third and last day was at Blackpool this was the longest race at 35 miles, the course also differed because it had a climb in it. We again done the same thirty minute warm up as before led by Hamish. The race started fast and I was alright for the first few laps and then I blew up really badly I waited for the group behind and sat in with them but I again got dropped. I was just really tired and the climb absolutely killed me. So I took a gel and a drink and some life came back to me and I put everything in to the last laps. I ended up in a sprint with a Czech guy which I won but it didn't do me any good as he had lapped me. I finished way down in positions which I was expecting.
I would like to say a big thanks to Brynley and Scott for helping us out this weekend, also to Suzanne and Ross for always getting there early to get roller spots, keeping our bikes in good working order and feeding us. Again thanks a lot.
Re: North West Youth Tour
Reply #4 on:
June 15, 2012, 06:13:25 PM »
North West Youth Tour 2nd June to the 4th June 2012!
We had arrived at the caravan! Me, Rhys, Hamish, Sean, Brynley and Scott. We arrived late afternoon, so we got all of our kit bags and bottles etc and put it in our rooms in the caravan. After a good tea made by Suzzane Balfour, we talked about the races for the next day. We then all headed to bed for an earlyish night before a big day of racing.
Day1-Stage 1 and Stage 2 at Preston sports arena.
The first race of the day was a 8 mile race/ 8 laps of the preston circuit. We all knew it would be a fast race from the start so a good long warm up was crucial.
We got to the start before the gridding took place, none of the ERC riders got gridded so we had to fight for the places behined the gridded riders. When the race started i managed to move straight to the front and i led it round the first corner. Over the next few laps i slipped further and further towards the back of the bunch which was making it harder for me to keep up. After about 4 laps there was a big crash on the start/finish line which meant the race had to get restarted.
When they restarted the race i got a very bad start and i couldnt get clipped in which meant i ended up at the back of the group. After a few laps of sprinting out of every corner i got dropped and was in a small group of 4 people. At the end of the race i was over 1 min down and not too happy. But Hamish, Stuart and sean finished in the bunch with Rhys in a small group just behind.
The second race of the day was 25 miles/25 laps.
We did a group warm up led by hammy before heading over to the start.
i got a good start sitting about the middle of the bunch but then i slowly slid to the back again. My legs just werent agreeing with me and after a few laps i got dropped. I was on my own for most of the race until near the end, after i had just been lapped, i noticed stuart at the side of the road getting his chain on. Because i wasn't doing well and stuart was up there on GC i decided to wait on him, i then paced him back up to the bunch and he got back on but i was absolutely dead and just rolled round with another few riders for the last couple of laps. Hamish, Sean and Rhys had good races and finished in the bunch. The ment that stuart was a lap down, and i was behind him.
Day2- Stage3 and Stage4 at Salt Ayre sports arena, lancaster.
first race of the day was 15 miles.
It had rained overnight and it was still raining, so the first race was a wet one. it stareted off and i was at the back of the group and as the race went on i got dropped. I didnt have a great race but the other 4 did well.
The second race of the day -15 miles and going the opposite way from the morning around the circiut.
The rain had gone off, and the track was almost dry, and after our team warm up we headed to the start.
the race started and i was at the back of the bunch but hanging on pretty comfortably. With 9 laps to go a crash happened and just as i thought i was going to hit the ground my team mate Rhys appeared on the ground on front of me providing me with a soft landing. i took a lap out and sat at the back of the bunch until the finish. Me, Stuart, Hamish and Sean finished in the bunch but because of the crash and not managing to get his lap out Rhys unfortunatly finished a lap down.
Day3- Stage5 at Blackpool Promenade- 35 miles
This was definetly going to be the hardest of the 5 races with a sharp climb into a hairpin left hander.
The race started at a fast pace and after a few laps me and rhys got dropped going round the hairpin.
It was such a hard race but at the finish Stuart managed to get a top 20 in the bunch with Hamish just behind.
Even though i didnt feel great and do as well as i wanted to, i still had a fantastic time!
I would like to say thanks to Brynley and Scott for coaching us for the weekend, and a huge thanks to Suzzane and Ross Balfour who fed us, kept the bikes in great condition and getting great parking spots for the warm up's and base camp for each day!
Thanks a Lot!
North West Youth Tour
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