January 2015 in Photos

It was a tough choice for photo of the month this month and we’ve ended up with a three-way-tie, encapsulating great performance, great humility and great skills, which is a pretty good club mantra.

Firstly Fred and Ethan on their way to winning the Future Stars madison at the Manchester Revolution meeting, showing off their national champion skinsuits

Next, Andy Snowball suffering some classic cyclo-cross carnage in Bethlem’s “Trench of Doom”?

… and a late entry, Philip styling it up in the final London League round of the year, on his way to 2nd overall in the series.

Rewinding back to that blurry morning of January 1st, Angus Gloag was in charge of his first ever event, and did a great job with nice touches like the Christmas tree forest section.

The rest of the cyclo-cross season wound down to a finish. Stanley Platts came 5th overall in the U12s, Max Cheatle 6th in the Youth, and as mentioned above, Philip came 2nd overall in the Senior. Now everyone can look forward to just being cold and wet, without having to worry about mud for another season.

Staying warm and dry, VCL had the first of it’s regular monthly training sessions at Lee Valley Velodrome. Future sessions are listed on the club calendar. Thanks to Mark and Peter for main coaching details, as well as Euan, Jason and Phil.

Staying indoors, it was a trip over to Newport for many of the U16 riders. Parents were relieved that this now only an occasional trip for racing, thanks to having Lee Valley nice and local for indoor training trips. Tim Hayter writes:
A good contingent of VCL youth riders headed down to Newport this weekend for the first in this year’s Icebreaker series – an omnium-format event consisting of scratch, points and elimination races for U12s through to U16s. For some riders it was their first time racing on an indoor track; and several were moving up an age category.

The day started with the U12s (girls and boys) and U14 girls. Natalie Bloomer came fourth overall in the U12 girls; Becky Surridge and Hannah Johnson both raced U14 for the first time, with Becky achieving an impressive 2nd overall.

Billy Gilbey and Innes Harvey raced in the U12 boys, Billy coming 5th overall, and Innes winning both the points and elimination races (with some great tactical riding in the latter) to take a great 1st overall.

The afternoon saw the U16 girls, and U14 and U16 boys compete.

Finley Newmark, Finlay Jenner, Finlay Wellings, Oscar Nilsson-Julien, Thomas Gloag and Leo Hayter competed in the U14 boys; Oscar stepping up from U12s, and Leo and Finlay Jenner taking part in their first indoor track racing.

All rode well. Finley Newmark won the scratch race, and his elimination heat. He finished a terrific 2nd overall, on equal points with the winner, Lewis Askey, but losing out on countback from the points race. Oscar looked strong throughout – best result being 2nd place in the elimination behind Finley – to finish 8th overall. Thomas finished 9th overall, best placing being 4th in the elimination.

Rachel Jary, Louise Surridge and Charlotte Cole-Hossain rode in the U16 girls. Best placed was Rachel, 5th overall, including a great 2nd in the elimination. Louise was 7th overall, and Charlotte 11th.

Gaby Neefs and Fred Wright rode in the U16 boys, Fred in his National omnium champ jersey. Gaby made the finals of both the points and scratch races to finish 18th overall in a very competitive field. Fred won all of his heats, but lost out to Rhys Britton in the scratch and points race finals, and finished 2nd overall, with Rhys taking the win.

Lots of excellent racing all day, some terrific VCL performances: a great day out in Wales.

Back to do it all again in February.

Staying indoors, we finish the month with pictures from the Lee Valley Track League senior racing.

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