The clocks have changed, the sun is out, and the 2012 season is underway.
The Spring Omnium was this Sunday, marking the start of the season down at Herne Hill. VCL were a dominant force as usual. Welcome to Andrew Bradshaw starting his first season in VCL colours, Scrippo is back, and riding his bike, and Josh, Sam, Kieran and Euan are now riding as Juniors. Most people used the opportunity to test their track legs after the winter and were looking strong for the upcoming season.
After enjoying the cyclo cross season, Abi wanted to have a go at mountain biking so she entered the National Mtb XC series. The first of the series was on Sunday in Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire. The atmosphere was so exciting and there was the opportunity of watching Annie Last and Liam Killen (Britain’s Olympic hopefuls) race later in the day. Abi’s race was early in the morning and she was competing in a large field of youth girls. She was gridded at the back as she has not competed at this level in mountain biking before and was hoping to gain some experience. So, when she appeared at the finish in third position it was such a fantastic surprise! She put in a very fast time and raced with great confidence, coming ahead of some very talented riders.
Meanwhile Iain, swapped his VCL colours for those of Edingburgh University, at the British University & Collage Sport Track Championships at Newport Velodrome, getting a nice 12.2 flying 200m time, 6th in the points race and dragging his team to 3rd in the team pursuit.
Toby’s alraedy notched up a few races at Hog Hill this year, but at least last week it felt like spring had sprung!