I really feel the summer has arrived now but don’t hold your breath as this could be over very quick!
Our boys are deep in exam mode at the moment with their MATHS exam happening today and then some science exams to finish off the exam slog next week. Then back to training and racing.
Some really positive news from our youngest rider TOM ASHCROFT. Many of you will know that Tom crashed up in Scotland at the beginning of April, and suffered a deep laceration to one of his calf muscles alongside other collateral damage.
Tom never really got going again after this crash and began suffering with nausea, vision issues, headaches and so forth.
To cut a long story short, a few weeks ago Tom was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and was rushed into the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for surgery to remove the tumour. An Italian surgeon carried out the operation which took around 8hrs in theatre – wow!
This was clearly a worrying time for Tom, his parents Julie and Andrew and brother Ryan. The good thing was Tom remained positive throughout with the help of friends and family.
I am pleased to report that the operation was a 100% success and Tom has now left the hospital and is now in recovery mode.
Tom came to see the team racing at Clitheroe last Friday and it was great to see his happy smiley face back amongst his teammates.
After experiencing such traumatic brain surgery, clearly it will be a while before Tom is permitted to compete again but I can report that Tom is already back on the bike and spinning his legs – doing what he enjoys most. Of course the doctors will welcome some gentle exercise to get the blood flowing and to keep the body healthy going forward!!
Pre-op pic with the team.
As for the rest of the boys…
This week we had Daniel Gibson riding in the Phoenix CC Club 10mile TT at Rainford. Guess who set off 1 minute behind Daniel? Well good old Sir Bradley Wiggins rocked up, unannounced, and rode the local event. It took Bradley around 5miles to catch Daniel and at the finish, Wiggins recorded 19:15 whilst Daniel posted a PB of 21:33 to finish 5th overall. Pic attached.
Lewis Hartley rode in the local Preston Evening Time Trial to record a PB (for this course) and a blistering time of 21:11.
Cory Edmondson, Nathan Hawthorn and Lewis all rode the Clitheroe Future Stars Town Centre Criterium last Friday. The race offered a tough ½ hr of riding involving a climb towards the castle and a fast technical descent with quite a few potholes on the circuit.
The lads all rode very well at the front of affairs throughout with Nathan, Cory and Lewis all finishing in the top 10 and just off the podium.
Couple of pics – c/o Ellen Isherwood.
That’s all for now…