In what was a final road event for the young racers from Solihull Cycling Club – before the Cyclo-Cross season gets underway – the results at the Warwick Town Centre Cycle Race on Sunday, September 6, were impressive.
There was a huge turnout of both established riders from the club, and children racing for the first time, and there were many sterling performances.
In the U16 Youth race for boys, Joe Fox broke away early on and was joined by three riders from Halesowen A&CC. This group then lapped most of the field and, despite the team advantage the other three had on him, Joe attacked near the finish and distanced them all to win on his own in fine style. In the U8 boys race James Upton capped a superb road season with an attacking race that distanced his rivals and allowed him to cross the line on his own to take 1st place.
In the U10 race Matt Shaw showed good form to finish 4th and in the U12 race Alex Mitchell also completed a good road season with 6th place.
The Cyclo-Cross season kicked off during last week with Round One of the Rugby floodlit series on Wednesday, September 9, where Joe Fox easily made the switch from the road to take second place in the Youth event, with younger Brother Danny impressive in 10th.
Young Matt Shaw took a well deserved second in the U10 event and his Dad, Andy, was the first Solihull rider in the Seniors race, finishing 24th. On Sunday, September 13 at Round One of the West Midlands X League event at Pitchers Oak, Redditch, Joe Fox took another superb 2nd place in the U16 event, with Brother Danny finishing in 12th place, and Third in his U14 age group.
Sophie Faulkner showed great early season form against the boys to take 21st spot and a fine second place in the U14 Girls category with team-mate Natalie Clements taking the Third podium place, while in the Ladies event 16-year-old Rebecca Keogh took Third place. The West Midlands Road Race League’s (WMRRL) series of races is drawing steadily to a close and Sunday, September 6 saw Solihull’s team of senior riders tackle the Wrekinsport Summer RR over a very hilly course. Conor O’ Brien and Wayne KcKeown attacked a few times to get away but missed the key break of 12 that decided the race and they finished in the main bunch.