Ash on the up at the Junior Tour of the Mendips

Sunday 8 April

Our Junior Yorkshireman Ash Coning headed down to Bristol for the second round of the Junior National Series, the Screentek International Junior Tour of the Mendips.

Here Ash tells us how it went…

“The race started with a 4.2km TT on Saturday morning. Unfortunately it didn’t really go to plan as I was held up by a tractor early on.

“Saturday afternoon was the 105km road stage. The peloton was split majorly on the first climb but I managed to stick near the front and stay out of trouble. We then did some laps around the lake before a bunch sprint, where I actually managed to gain a few places on GC.

“Then on Sunday was the big one; the Queen Stage, with 1,100m of elevation in total. I had a good look at the stage profile and figured that the first climb up Burrington Combe would be a good chance to get some points in the King Of the Mendips category. So, 19km into the stage I attacked and led up the climb. I took the maximum points at the top with a 20 second lead on the peloton. With my target for the stage achieved, I sat up and rejoined the peloton in anticipation of the brutal ascents to come. My legs were pretty dead after the incredibly steep second climb but I managed to hold on to a decent position to the finish.

“It was a tough weekend but I really enjoyed it. And a good showing up one of the main climbs plus 5th in the KOM competition was a great way to kick off my National Series campaign.

“A big thanks to the organisers and sponsors for running such a great event.”