We took to the start line in Brecon, Wales for the first round of the British Cycling Junior National Series.
Theo, Elliot and George faced a 101 strong field of the country’s best Junior riders. The route consisted of seven and a half laps of the 14km rolling course, with eight ascents of the brutal climb up to the finish line.
The race began with a flurry of little attacks, none of which managed to make any ground. After a few laps, two riders from Spokes RT and Brother-NRG moved away and built up a gap of around 20 seconds. This didn’t stay out much longer and was quickly countered by a group of seven riders, the most notable being Junior Cyclocross World Champion Tom Pidcock. Theo, George and Elliot stayed attentive near the head of affairs in the main bunch as the leading group continued to work well together around 20 seconds up the road.
Unfortunately, with around three laps to go, George was involved in a bad crash in which an NEG motorbike crashed and took out several riders. Luckily George came off with just some grazing and a broken shifter and we understand that the other riders involved are all ok but it reminds us of the dangers that cyclists face when competing on the open roads.
With around two laps to go, Pidcock and Oscar Mingay pulled away from their breakaway companions. The Yorkshireman and the Welshman quickly opened up a gap and soon after the other five riders were absorbed back into the main bunch.
At the bell, the leading duo had a 20 second advantage on the peloton, with just 14km left to decide the outcome.
On the final lap, Pidcock edged clear and the Ph-MAS rider crossed the line solo to take a fine victory. Mingay came in 19 seconds behind for a hard-fought second place and Pidcock’s teammate Jim Brown took the sprint for third a further 10 seconds back.
Elliot and Theo rode brilliantly throughout the race, staying amongst the thick of the action. Up the final killer climb, they sprinted to 33rd and 36th respectively; very respectable results after a race which averaged over 42km/h.
Thank you to the organisers for a fantastic race and for arranging the glorious sunshine!
Photo credit: Alex Reed