Positive start to season

THE Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2018 season, thanks to favourable results against some of the country’s best road and mountain bike riders.

Charlie Hart in action for the Jersey Youth Cycling Academy
Charlie Hart in action for the Jersey Youth Cycling Academy

Tom Huelin, racing in the Youth B under-14 age category, took part in the Sleepwell Hotels Isle of Man Youth Tour in May, as part of the National British Cycling Youth Circuit Series. The first stage of the three-day event was a prologue time trial where Huelin placed 24th out of 55 riders and stage two was a 28km flat circuit through narrow roads, which became pivotal as he suffered mechanical problems with his chain and twice had to chase back to the peloton to protect his position on the General Classification.

Stage three included 600 metres of climbing and the peloton descending at speeds of 70 kph, and the Islander finished 26th to claim an overall position for the tour of 26th and subsequent passage into the following round of the national series near Heathrow, where he finished 48th in a field of 81. Brother Ollie claimed 32nd in the U12 category.

Elsewhere, Charlie Hart has successfully competed in the Juvenile U14 age category in three rounds of the HSBC National Cross Country Mountain Bike Series and is currently placed 26th overall in a field of 62 riders in the series.

Hart also competed at the Southern cross country series in Ringwood, but a technical issue with his back brake left him settling for 18th out of 22. Malo Mon Petit Le Brun was forced to retire following a puncture, but there were better fortunes for Hannah Worth, Emily Le Gros and Libby Hart, who rode superbly to claim fifth, seventh and 11th respectively in the U12 section. U16 Emma Youinou, competing in her first regional race, placed sixth.

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