Lewis, Luke and Halley made a trip over to Yorkshire last Sunday to take part in the second annual Pontefract Grand Prix. The event is a town centre Criterium, with youth races, an amateur cat 2/3/4 race and topped off with a men’s elite race featuring professional teams from around the UK.
The race is based around a 1km circuit starting on an impressive wide open cobbled market square, before twisting and turning through narrow back streets, with a whiff of liquorice in the air. Although only a relatively short race, lasting just 30 minutes, nevertheless this is one of the most demanding criteriums the boys have raced this year due to the technical nature of the course.
Halley in particular found cornering around the circuit hard work and was dropped by the main bunch very early in the race. The boys race was made up of around 30 riders with Halley finishing in 24th and Luke in 21st. Lewis did much better finishing strongly in 13th place. The race was won by Tom Pidcock of Speedflex RT who finished impressively and also went on to win the adult cat 234 race later in the day.
Lewis should be very proud of himself finishing strongly as he did and but for a bit of bad luck he would have finished much closer to the leaders.
Halley learned a lot from the day taking some homework away to build on his cornering techniques.
There are plenty more criteriums coming up in the next few weeks with mid-week town centre races in Ilkley, Otley, Huddersfield, Colne and Skipton.
Therefore the boys have their own mini tour of yorkshire coming up and plenty of opportunity to build on their performances in Pontefract.