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Cycle Sports trio dazzle for region at nationals
3:10pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
UP-and-coming Malvern Cycle Sports aces demonstrated just how far the club has come in three years by taking podium spots at the Youth Inter-Regional Mountain Bike Championships.
Three riders from the club were selected to compete for the West Midlands MTB team in the event, which was held at the Olympic Venue, Hadleigh Farm in Essex.
Josh Brooks, Evie Richards and Ryan Williamson joined five other youth riders from the region to compete against 13 other teams in three days of off-road competition.
In all, more than 100 riders gathered from as far a field as northern Scotland to Jersey in the south to decide which region would be crowned champions.
Day one was a skills competition with each rider scoring penalty points for each obstacle that was not cleared properly or knocked over and Brooks only dropped one point, putting him in second place.
On the second day, riders’ penalty points from the skills section transferred into seconds in the handicap race, with those who scored fewest penalties gaining an 80-second advantage over the others.
The handicap race was run over a shortened version of the Olympic course and designed to encourage fast, attacking racing over a challenging course to prepare the youngsters for international type competition. The format was knock-out, so only the first three riders qualifying from each heat went forwards.
The West Midlands team performed consistently but were unlucky to have two riders involved in collisions, meaning that they dropped a few places in the overall rankings.
Richards came fifth on the day and first in the youth female category overall for the whole series and the marathon event.
Brooks was in the youth male category on the day and third overall in the series, while Williamson was third in the youth male category.
James Dickens was first in the junior male category, while Mark Webb, in a large and competitive veteran male category, came an impressive 17th.
The final day’s racing was cross-country format, held over four laps for the girls and five for the boys.
The West Midlands team finished 10th overall.
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