On March 31st, just four VCL youth made it Newport for the third and Final race in the Series with rest of the Club off for a little ride over in Flanders. However, Fred, Oliver, Eleanor, Max, George, Rachel and Georgie were very much missed.
Once again, Max achieved a first and second place in the Points and Scratch race but lost concentration in the elimination; misjudged his position and was called out 12th. Pinging them off from the back can be a dangerous tactic. Ending the day’s event a secure third, it was clear to the field that the overall series title was still Max’s.
Hisham , Abi and Charlotte were the lone VCL riders in their categories. Moving up an age group can be hard as a win is so much less certain in a field older and more experienced by a year.
All three riders were able to keep up front in their races but were unable to match the final breaks as the leaders broke away to the finish. It has been pointed out, the events are as much a show of endurance over distances greater than experienced in the local Track Leagues and Omniums. For this final event, some of the Talent Team were available to participate in their under 16 category.
This Icebreaker Series is definitely worth the early start and long drive. The Kids love the racing and gain great Indoor Track experience. Some participants travelled from Edinburgh and the Isle of Man to race so it is a true reflection of the competition across the Country.
This year, the Winter dates have had a neat little overlap into the start of the Summer Season.
In my humble opinion, our VCL youth rode with strength and intelligence and are a credit to the Club and the Coaches who give up their free time supervising training year round, Winter and Summer.