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Race report: Spring in the Park round 1

posted 9 May 2015, 14:59 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 25 May 2015, 03:58 ]
Well done to all the Bigfoot Go-Ride and Bigfoot Youth riders who took park in the opening race of the Spring in the Park series at the Cyclopark on Friday evening.

Lochy MacDonald was first off in the under 10s and was possibly a little overdressed, although he was easy to spot in his green rain jacket. He seemed to get hotter and redder as the race progressed. A great effort at this level and I am sure it won't be long before he is leasing a whole tribe of under 10s around the Cyclopark.

The under 12s race saw Albie Peate, Jack Harradine and Thomas Mogford on the line. Jack got a good start and then disappeared! Thomas got away slowly and I am sure will improve his start next week, while Albie started ok and began to grind his way through the race. I have visions of him attempting the 'Hour' record in about 10 years' time at Lea Valley turning a huge gear! Jack reappeared having lost a pedal twice(!), Thomas pushed on and Albie followed - a great effort by both.

The under 14s set off leaving Sam Ward and Aaron Grover a little slow of the line but they were soon into their stride, Sam being chased by two young ladies and Aaron in his first ever race settling into a group and doing himself proud. The standard of cycling in this age group is superb and both Sam and Aaron performed well. We hope that they will be joined next week by some of our other under 14's! You know who you are...

The final race of the evening, the under 16s, was a strong field and went off fast from the start, leaving Callum and Alex chasing from the beginning. Unfortunately if you miss the bunch at this level you are in for a hard race. This sort of thing is learnt from racing and Ifran Zaman positioned himself perfectly in the middle of the bunch, being shielded from the wind on all sides. After 15 minutes three riders including Ifran broke away and stayed away. With 10 minutes to go two riders caught Ifran on the hop and he had the tough job of being in no man's land for the last section of the race. Still this was a fantastic effort as he was riding UP an age category. Callum and Alex had a hard race but I can tell that they WILL be in the bunch next week.

Thanks to the organisers for a great evening's racing and to Panagua for mechanical support. See you ALL next week!