On Saturday, the whole team assembled in Colne (Barrowford) at the Steven Burke Cycling Hub, for Round 3 of the North West Youth League.
The weather was very good and there seemed to be a good turnout.
In a contrast to previous rounds, a large contingent of Irish Academy riders had travelled over for this event using it as a basis for selection for some future stage races.
Here is a personal blog from Tom Ashcroft on the Youth B Race:
In the first race, I was in the top 5 all the way around for the four fast laps of the winding circuit. On the last bend I unfortunately got pushed out, which made me sit up, I then rolled home for 9th place.
In the second race, a rider broke away from the peloton with 11 laps to go, his team mate was slowing our peloton down so it made it a lot harder to close the big gap considering only a few were willing to work through and try and close the gap. The other riders sat on. Unfortunately we didn’t catch the rider that broke away. In the last lap the mayhem on the last corner before the sprint caused me to lose a lot of places and placed me 11th. I finished 8th overall on the day.
Here is a personal blog from Daniel Gibson on the Youth A Race:
The first race was a short 5km race that went off very quick from the start. There were extra riders due to 11 Irish riders coming over for an experience of English racing. After two laps there was a crash which all of our riders got caught behind and a group of 11 went off the front. We worked and managed to get them back and in the end I came out with 8th place with the rest of the team not far behind.
The second race started off slower but there were a large amount if attacking mostly from the Irish riders. By the end 5 riders went clear and stayed away to the finish. All of the team finished in the main pack in a very sketchy race with Luke finishing highest in 9th position. Lewis rode very well, staying up near the front and trying to control the attacks throughout.