Elliot in the mix at the Hatherleigh Junior RR

Sunday 9 July

The Junior National Series took us to all the way down to Devon for round 7. Elliot Reed was the sole representative from the team and he tells us how the race unfolded…

“The course was rolling with only one real climb, a couple of minutes long, then the final kilometres featured a fast descent into an uphill sprint.

“I woke up yesterday feeling fairly good. My coach came to the race and told me how he wanted me to get in the moves, so this was one of my aims for the race.

“I stayed up near the front and found myself in the front split after the first time up the climb but, unfortunately, it all came back together. Later on, about 60km in, the pace slowed a little and I decided to try my luck so I slipped away with a couple of other riders, but again, the chase started and we were brought back.

“I then focused on waiting for the final ascent and the sprint as it seemed that no more breaks would get away. However, Harry Hardcastle slipped away from quite far out, and well done to him for just holding on to take the win.

“For me, it was a case of taking some big risks to get position on the fast descent to the finish. I managed to come into the final sprint in a decent position. Some of the riders were obviously not listening when the commissaries said that the final sprint was closed roads as they stayed on the left, whereas me and a couple of other riders managed to move up on the right and gain a couple of places.

“I launched my sprint pretty early, but faded in the final few meters and just hung on for 15th, which I am pleased with as it is my best national result.

“I’m now looking forward to the National Champs on Sunday.”

Congrats to Harry Hardcastle on the win.

Thank you to Will and everyone involved in putting on such a great event.

Photos: Alex Reed