The East Midlands Youth Road Race Championships was our first event promotion. Held at the Harvey Hadden circuit in Nottingham on 4th June, it was a hugely rewarding day with 110 Youth riders taking part, plus 35 seniors in 2 supporting events.
It was a full on day of racing, starting at 9.30am and finishing a 4pm, with only 10 minute gaps between races.
Not only were the parents of our riders instrumental in making this day a success but also our riders, who were there early to help us set up, raced with great success, and then helped with signing on and marshalling after their events. If anything opitimises the spirit, attitude and behaviours we are trying to instill at The MI Racing Academy it was what we saw at this event.
And also a big thanks to our supporters; Uvex, Raleigh and MooreLarge
First race of the day and what looked like a clear win for George Cooper, who had attacked from the start, turned into the most dramatic finish of the day. With his chain unshipping 150m from the line, George jumped off his bike and ran to the line. Thomas Wray sensed his change and it became man against bike in a mad dash for the finish, with George holding on to his lead by 3 or 4m at the line. 9 U8 riders took part, getting the days racing off to a great start
|U8 Result||Man against Bike, after unshipping his chain George Copper just held on in his sprint to the line|
In a race dominated by Mackenzie Riley and Seth Jackson – both riding as out of region guests – Ben Mellor took 3rd place overall and best East Midlands rider. In the girls event Holly Cresswell was a clear winner. 13 U10 boys and 6 U10 girls took part in this race
|U10 Boys Result||U10 Girls Result|
|1||Ben Mellor||1||Holly Cresswell|
|2||Jude du Toit||2||Daisy Nicholson|
|3||Thomas Gaul||3||Evangeline Kininmonth|
The closest finish of the day saw Callum Twelves from the promoting club, who had taken a 3 length lead coming out of the last corner, pipped on the line by a tyres width by Fred Shenton-McQueen with Alex Galpin claiming 3rd place. Jessica Tiffnay crossed the line in third place overall to claim the win in the Girls event, followed by 2 out of region riders, Grace Lister and Amelia Southall, then Emily Richards and Fay Garner, both joining Jessica on the podium. A hotly contested race and the biggest field of the day with 23 boys and 6 girls taking part.
|U12 Boys Result||U12 Girls Result|
|1||Fred Shenton-McQueen||1||Jessica Tiffnay|
|2||Callum Twelves||2||Emily Richards|
|3||Alex Galpin||3||Fay Garner|
|Closest finish of the day, Fred Shenton-McQueen taking it by a tyres width|
A totally dominating display from Josh Giddings, saw him ride to a solo victory and almost lap the field. Teammate and defending Champion Ed Woodward managed to get clear of the bunch in the closing stages to make it a 1-2 for The MI Racing Academy, with Alfie Lofthouse winning the bunch sprint to take the bronze medal. 21 riders took part in this event
|U14 Boys Result||A dominating display from Josh Giddings saw him almost lap the field|
Run off at speeds faster then the senior supporting events, the boys U16 race saw a final selection of 5 riders break clear of the bunch in the last 2 laps. Alex Haines timed his sprint to perfection coming home ahead of Christopher Durham and Finn Mansfield. 20 of the regions oldest youth riders took part in this event.
|U16 Boys Result|
The final youth event of the day was dominated by a breakaway of April Tacey and Lizzie Catlow. Working well together they quickly establish a commanding gap and never looked like being caught. Behind, Poppy Wildman managed to get clear of the bunch in the closing stages, to be joined after a spirited chase by Isabel Darvill. At the finish April Tacey was a clear winner from Lizzie Catlow, with Poppy Wildman taking third in a very close sprint.
April Tacey and Lizzie Catlow established an early lead and never looked like being caught
|U16 Boys Result|