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Shaw takes pole position as youngsters excel

Solihull Cycling Club’s Matt Shaw took yet another National Youth Series victory this week, which means he is currently the fastest Under 10 rider in the highly competitive British Cycling tournament.

Solihull Cycling Club’s Matt Shaw took yet another National Youth Series victory this week, which means he is currently the fastest Under 10 rider in the highly competitive British Cycling tournament.

This week’s race - which was Round 8 in the National Series - took place on Blackpool’s North Shore Promenade. A total of 21 of the best Under 10 riders from across the length and breadth of the UK took part and Shaw crossed the finish line in first place, having put 20 seconds into the chasing group in the closing laps. With only two rounds of the National Series left, all eyes are focused on Shaw.

Two fellow youth team riders also made the long trip to compete in Blackpool, with James Alexander taking 11th and Jack Rootkin-Gray second in the Under 8s.

In the National Mountain Bike Youth Series under 14 rider Jack Ravenscroft claimed third place in the fourth round at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, which featured breathtaking climbs and death-defying drop-offs.

His third place puts Ravenscroft in second place overall with one stage to go. Fellow Under 14 rider Danny Fox finished 10th in the same race.

The British Schools Cycling Association held their regional hill climb championship this week on Gorcott Hill, near Redditch and it proved to be a superb evening for Solihull CC’s outstanding youth team. Danielle Khan was the fastest Under 16 girl, while Lucy Shaw was the fastest Under 14 girl while Ravenscroft proved he is just as competitive on a road bike by winning the Under 14 boys event, while Connor Fox won the Under 12 boys competition.

Under 16 rider Joe Fox claimed two victories in two weeks in Leicester Road Club’s racing league at the famous Mallory Park track.

At Walsall Road Club’s 25 mile time trial competition Solihull CC’s Eddie Priddy finished 15th with a time of 58 mins, 11 secs and fellow veteran rider Steve Mountford finished 28th. The event was won by Barry Charlton of the Lyme Road Club in 52:19.

 

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