On Sunday the riders faced a particularly muddy course as the venue at Durham had been used the previous day for a regional event.
The National Trophy youth race kicked off at mid-day with close to 50 top class youth A riders in the event. Cory set off a couple of rows back having gained points in earlier rounds. Lewis set off at the very back of the field having not participated in the series so far.
Once the whistle had been blown the riders accelerated away along a flat grassy strip next to the river. Lewis clipped in quick and was able to make good progress through the field before being held up a little on the tough muddy and claggy top section around the pits.
After a couple of laps Lewis was lying in 15th place, some way behind the leader Euan Cameran but closing on Matt Taylor and Oliver Draffon. After getting right up to Matt, Lewis took a pit change and then Matt took off and again leaving Lewis quite a bit of work to do to catch up.
Meanwhile Cory was struggling with the conditions and whilst he started the race OK, he seemed to be drifting back as the laps passed. Cory does not thrive in the mud and this was not his best display but no doubt we will see improvements at this tough level of racing as the season continues.
In the end Lewis finished a commendable 12th and at National level, this is a good result, especially when you start at the back. Some of the muddy sections also need a certain amount of brute force which Lewis is currently lacking. Cory eventually finished 28th.
Another good weekend for learning how to ride CX bikes fast!
Video link to Durham race here>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yN3QCpG2MA