Conditions were ideal for the 350 competitors who turned out at a sun-kissed National Sports Centre last Tuesday night for round seven of the Royal London 360 Youth Cycle Racing League.
Zack Bellhouse scored his second successive win in the novices class, coming from behind to pip Colby Newbold, Sydney Patterson and Summer Peters in the dash for the line. Jessica Rich stayed clear of Cameron Hounsell, Chloe Hampson and Sophie Hindson for fifth, with Caitlyn Hampson and Lilli Stewart leading a chasing group of 11 riders in to complete the top 10.
In the born 2007 and later category Sam Cowin fought off a strong challenge from main rival Alex Andrew to score his fifth win of the series. William Curphey was a solid third and Orry Lund overtook Myles Le Geyt on the finishing straight to grab fourth. Charlie Morris outgunned Summer Curphey (first girl), James Kelly, Edward Field, Lennon Moore and Charlie Scarffe in the tussle for sixth.
Ivan Sorby led from start to finish in the born 2006 event. Cian Jackson pulled away from Corey Peters on the last lap to take second and Logan Glover was too strong for Owen Collins in the fight for fourth. Spencer Baker outsprinted Harry Price, Charley Convery, James Moore and Samuel Devereau for sixth, with Dominik Stawney heading a second wave of chasers home to claim 11th. Grace Gawne took the girls’ prize in 18th place.
Foxdale’s Niall Colquitt dropped breakaway partners Harry Kneen, Oliver Sykes and Mairi Harrison on the final lap for a fine solo victory in the born 2005 race. Kneen edged out Sykes and Harrison for second and Teddy Dunn held off Oliver Corkish and Chloe Comaish in the scrap for fifth. Tyler Annis was a clear eighth ahead of Brodie Hatcher and Alexander Deering in eighth and ninth respectively.
In the born 2004 class Ralf Holden picked up his first win of the season, coming out on top in a close sprint with Zac Walker and Cameron Dudley, who were second and third. Joshua Dudley and Billy Kennedy clipped off the front of the chasing group to snatch fourth and fifth ahead of Kiera Prentice, Toby Craig, Nathan Slack, Daniel Keen and Annabel Corkill.
Percy Hampton rode away from the field for an excellent solo victory in the born 2003 age group. Early leader Jonty Bregazzi was a safe second and Chad Magill ousted Joshua Glover and Tyler Hannay for third. Jack Christian beat Matthew Cooil and Darcy Cain to the line for sixth, while Thomas Devereau trailed in on his own for ninth and William Stokes shaded Freddie Ralston in the sprint for 10th.
An injection of speed on the last lap of the born 2002 race split the field, leaving a small group of six riders to contest the final sprint. James Harrison, who was in the thick of the action throughout, eventually got the verdict ahead of Aaron Lund, Corrin Leeming, Will Corkill, Louis Dean and top girl Shellan Leeming, who rounded off the top six.
In the born 2001 and earlier grouping Adam Kelly, Sam Batey and Ben Christian filled the top three places in a seven-strong dash for the line. Kaitlin Slack was fourth followed by Joseph Corkish, Emma Draper and Alex Cain.
A group of eight riders gapped the field on the opening lap of the under-10 racing bikes event and stayed clear to the finish where Percy Hampton picked up his second win of the night. Jonty Bregazzi was a close second and Aaron Lund third, while Blae Cain rode strongly to take the girls’ award in a very good eighth place. Thomas Bostock comfortably won the under-12 racing bikes from Tosh Teare and Max Walker, with Chloe Crellin, Emma Draper and Ciara Sowerby the top three girls in 10th, 12th and 13th positions.
Matthew Davies produced the ride of the night in the under-16 racing bikes. Launching a blistering attack with five laps to go, Matthew powered away from the field, taking the chequered flag with a massive 10-second winning margin over Jamie Dudley, who pipped Matthew Bostock for the runners-up spot. Leon Mazzone, Owen Dudley and Joseph Haddock rounded off the top six and Elizabeth Holden returned after a short lay off to take the girls’ honours in eighth place overall.
Don’t forget that, because of the TT practices, there will be no racing at the NSC tomorrow night (Tuesday). The league resumes on the Tuesday of TT week, June 5.
Royal London 360 Youth League, round seven results from Tuesday, May 22: NOVICES 1, Zack Bellhouse; 2, Colby Newbold; 3, Sydney-Ella Patterson (first girl); 4, Summer Peters; 5, Jessica Rich; 6, Cameron Hounsell. Born 2007 and later 1, Sam Cowin; 2, Alex Andrew; 3, William Curphey; 4, Orry Lund; 5, Myles Le Geyt; 6, Charlie Morris; 7, Summer Curphey (first girl). BORN 2006 1, Ivan Sorby; 2, Cian Jackson; 3, Corey Peters; 4, Logan Glover; 5, Owen Collins; 6, Spencer Baker; 18, Grace Gawne (first girl). BORN 2005 1, Niall Colquitt; 2, Harry Kneen; 3, Oliver Sykes; 4, Mairi Harrison (first girl); 5, Teddy Dunn; 6, Oliver Corkish. BORN 2004 1, Ralf Holden; 2, Zac Walker; 3, Cameron Dudley; 4, Joshua Dudley; 5, Billy Kennedy; 6, Kiera Prentice (first girl). BORN 2003 1, Percy Hampton; 2, Jonty Bregazzi; 3, Chad Magill; 4, Joshua Glover; 5, Tyler Hannay; 6, Jack Christian; 8, Darcy Cain (first girl). BORN 2002 1, James Harrison; 2, Aaron Lund; 3, Corrin Leeming; 4, Will Corkill; 5, Louis Dean; 6, Shellan Leeming (first girl). BORN 2001 AND EARLIER 1, Adam Kelly; 2, Sam Batey; 3, Ben Christian; 4, Kaitlin Slack (first girl); 5, Joseph Corkish; 6, Emma Draper. UNDER-10 RACING BIKES 1, Percy Hampton; 2, Jonty Bregazzi; 3, Aaron Lund; 4, James Harrison; 5, Will Corkill; 6, Corrin Leeming; 8, Blae Cain (first girl). UNDER-12 RACING BIKES 1, Thomas Bostock; 2, Tosh Teare; 3, Max Walker; 4, Adam Kelly; 5, Ben Christian; 6, Juan Kneen; 10, Chloe Crellin (first girl). UNDER-16 RACING BIKES 1, Matthew Davies; 2, Jamie Dudley; 3, Matthew Bostock; 4, Leon Mazzone; 5, Owen Dudley; 6, Joseph Haddock; 8, Elizabeth Holden (first girl).