September maintained the late-summer warmth, and marked the finishing of the racing season.
The month started with the final round of the youth national circuit series, in tough-up-north Scarborough. Becky didn’t need to make the trek, as she’d already sealed her position as 1st U12 girl (4th U12 overall). Ethan finished 4th overall in the U16 boys series.
The season wrapped up with two national level team competitions to provide a refreshing change to the individual performance riders are usually focussed on. Ethan, Fred, Max, Rachel, Louise and Charlotte made up 3 quarters of the South East track team, with Jason and Iain as team staff. They gave the South East it’s best result ever in the 5 year history of the event, with 2nd overall. It was also the first outing for Fred’s national champion skinsuit – wore in the pursuit and scratch race.
The following weekend at Herne Hill the Dave Creasy 6 celebrated it’s 4th year, attracting a national level field this time run expertly by Andrew and Josh, and with help from many members of the club.
Switching back to the purple skinsuits, Rachel, Georgie, Louise, Ethan and Fred represented the South East team at the road inter-regional championships. The team finished a credible 5th, after a weekend of highs – wins including the team time trial, and the road race for Ethan, with Fred in 3rd, and lows – punctures in the criterium and lap-out-controversy for Georgie, and a crash in the carnage-packed “street sprints” for Ethan.
Meanwhile, Caveman did some sportive or other, so many in fact, that he’s now adopted the standard sportive photo pose.
VCL were well represented at the South East Regional championships. Here’s some tiny photos.
Although we’re enjoying the dryest September on record, the cyclo-cross season started regardless – making for fast, dusty and bumpy races.
PS – I forgot, but Track League finished! Being the home club, VCL has dominated the league for many years in terms of sheer numbers of riders, but this year we dominated the top places too – winning every single catagory!
The entire level of racing has gone up this year, more riders are riding at what last year would have been the top level, but this year Fred and Ethan are pushing the A cat races to new levels – a return to the quality proactive racing and sheere speed of 10-15 years ago, when a number of illustrious semi-pros used to race regularly at Herne Hill.