Report: Brooks Cycles Track League

It was a really warm evening on and off the track at week four of the Brooks Cycles Track League at the Lyme Valley Velodrome, Newcastle, Staffs.

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With temperatures in the mid 20’s it was a great night for outdoor track racing. The A Class endurance events were dominated by Ryan Whatmough, Shepherds Cycles, who is already opening up a gap in the overall league as he won the 10 lap scratch, devil and 10 mile scratch as well as being ammember of the winning Team Pursuit team. The 10 mile event was run off at a cracking pace with a overall time of 20 mins 52 seconds. The pace of the race did not drop throughout the event with the 30 starters lined out from the off. With 6 laps to go Ryan Whatmough attacked with Andy Leigh, Velocity RT joining him. They worked together with Ryan attacking with 300m to go to take the win with Andy getting caught by the bunch on the line.

The Sprint events saw British Cycling ODP Rider Matt Rotherham, Sportcity Velo compete and he showed he his class as he won the 2 -up time trial with his brother Tom and also win the keiren final as well as being in the winning Team sprint Team with Joel Partington, Sportcity Velo and Steve Cronshaw Brooks Cycles. The keirem final was a blanket finish with Phil Houlton, Brooks Cycles running Matt very close for the win in second place.

The B Class events saw a good turnout of 17 riders compete. Neil Cummins returned to the league for the first time this year and he won the opening 8 lap scratch in fin style. Bernard Swinnerton, Lyme RC won the Course de primes and Youth A rider Paige Millward, Lyme RC producing a superb last lap to catch Bernard Swinnerton on the line to take the victory. The final 10 mile event saw Steve Hall, Lyme RC hold off what was left of the B riders to take a well deserved win.

In the Youth events Sallie Birchall,Lyme RC won two events in the devil and the 6 lap scratch. Sallie is now looking at moving up to the B Class events next week. the other individual win came from James Duncalf, Lyme RC who held on o win the 1 km block handicap from Bradley Hill, Lyme RC and Megan Williams, Lyme RC. One pleasing aspect to these three riders is that all were riding the Freewheelers League last year and have now moved up to the main league and are holding their own against more experienced riders.

Three new registered for the Freewheelers League this week taking this years registered riders up to an impressive 42. There were some very keenly contested races over all three groups with Group 1 riders recording some impressive times in the 200m time trial race which is always the first race of the night. Across the three groups the top points scorers were as follows;

Group 1 Olivia Braybrooke Eastlands Velo 6 Points
Group 2 Edward Mulroy Congleton CC 6 Points
Group 3 Olly Davis Lyme RC 7 Points

Freewheelers Results

Group 1

Race 1
1 James Brayford Lyme RC
2 Alex Coates Lyme RC
3 Harvey Myatt Newcastle Tri Club

Race 2
1 Ambrose Morris Lyme RC
2 Olivia Braybrooke Eastlands Velo
3 Brandon McMillan Lyme RC

Race 3
1 Brandon McMillan
2 Sam Hall Lyme RC
3 Ambrose Morris

Race 4
1 Olivia Braybrooke
2 Harvey Myatt
3 James Brayford

Group 2

Race 1
1 Aaron Mansell Lyme RC
2 Joe Boulton Lyme RC
3 Sophie Bassett Lyme RC

Race 2
1 Thomas Hughes
2 Edwards Mulroy Congleton CC
3 Natasha Sandbach

Race 3
1 Harry Brayford Lyme RC
2 Sophie Bassett
3 Natasha Sandbach

Race 4
1 Edward Mulroy
2 Natasha Sandbach
3 Harry Brayford

Group 3

Race 1
1 Evie Davis Lyme RC
2 Jessica Hughes
3 Cameron O’Neil Lyme RC

Race 2
1 Cameron O’Neil
2 Evie Davis
3 Olly Davis Lyme RC

Race 3
1 Olly Davis
2 Nicholas Sandbach
3 James Turner Lyme RC

Race 4
1 Olly Davis
2 Cameron O’Neil
3 Evie Davis

Main League

Youth Block Handicap
1 James Duncalf Lyme RC
2 Bradley Hill Lyme RC
3 Megan Williams Lyme RC

A Class Endurance 10 lap Scratch
1 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles
2 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles
3 James Notley Planet X

A Class Sprinters 2- Up Time Trial
1 Matt Rotherham and Thomas Rotherham Sportcity Velo
2 Steve Cronshaw and Phil Houlton Brooks Cycles
Sean Mayer and Barney Swinnerton Swinnerton Cycles

B Class 8 lap Scratch
1 Neil Cummins PM
2 Bernard Swinnerton Lyme RC
3 Sam Birchall Velocity RT

Youth Devil
1st Sallie Birchall Lyme RC
2nd Joe Swinnerton Lyme RC
3rd Ashleigh Williams Lyme RC

A Class Endurance Team Pursuit
1st Ryan Whatmough
Paul Whatmough
James Notley
Jack Payne Sportcity Velo
Alex Simmons Swinnerton Cycles
A Class Team Sprint
1st Joel Partington Sportcity Velo
Steve Cronshaw Brooks Cycles
Matt Rotherham

B Class Devil
1st Paige Millward Lyme RC
2nd Bernard Swinnerton
3rd Sam Birchall

Youth Team Sprint
1st Olivia Braybrooke
James Duncalf Lyme RC
Liam Zwetschnikow Lyme RC
James Brayford Lyme RC
Joe Swinnerton

A Class Endurance Devil
1st Ryan Whatmough
2nd Paul Whatmough
3rd Alex Simmons

Kierin League Final
1st Matt Rotherham
2nd Phil Houlton
3rd Thomas Rotherham
4th Barney Swinnerton
5th Joel Partington
6th Steve Cromshaw

B Class Course De Primes
1 Bernard Swinnerton
2 Steve Hall Lyme RC
3 Jack Fearon Weaver Valley CC

Youth Scratch
1 Sallie Birchall
2 Ashleigh Williams
3 James Brayford

10 Mile Scratch
1 Ryan Whatmough
2 Thomas Rotherham
3 Paul Whatmough

B Class
1 Steve Hall
2 Conner Fearon
3 Sam Birchall



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