A busy weekend for a lot of Stars this weekend, starting with two young juniors again, this time competing in crit races at Milton Keynes Bowl.
In her very first race, 9-year-old Jorgie Gillett, finished a rewarding 5th place for her efforts. While in the U8s category 7-year-old Caleb Smith, who was cyclo-crossing last week, was out again and this time achieved his first win.
Jorgie in action and Caleb with his winning medal
Later at the same MK venue Sian Marsh entered the women’s crit race, where she finished 15th in a strong field.
She reports that “the race went well, but it took a few laps to get used to cornering at 30mph surrounded by bikes. I managed to get on the break and even did two laps on the front. However, the sprint at the end took me by surprise as I didn’t expect them to go so early, but all a good learning experience. Everyone seemed to know where they were going, but it took me a few seconds to sort myself out. Think I came in the top half of the group, so happy with that considering it’s my first ever crit race and I was surrounded by girls in sponsored team kit.
I went as a learning experience in preparation for the University of Birmingham stage race next Saturday, which has now unfortunately been cancelled. Anyway, my legs felt super strong and so that’s a positive”
Meanwhile at Charlbury, testing windy conditions were endured by four Star riders who competed in the Oxonian Hilly 36-mile TT. Top club finisher Simon Bull put in an excellent performance to finish in 13th place in a 105 rider field. Naomi de Pennington scored a podium, being the third woman home. In the team category Simon, together with Mike Kirby came in 6th place, just ahead of our friends at Team Cherwell. However, Naomi, together with Seanin Gilmore, won the women’s team prize for the Star, again just pipping the Team Cherwell duo.
Naomi was the third placed woman at the Oxonian Hilly 36
Travelling further, but tackling a shorter distance, another five Star riders made the trip to the Newbury Velo 10 mile TT. Held mainly on the A420, a strong head wind on the outward leg made for difficult conditions for the near 100 rider entry. Again club member Luke Norris put in a determined ride to finish in 4th place overall on 20m.46s., only 4 seconds off a podium place. Other club times were Matt Norris – 23.09, Mark Boyles – 24.09, Suzy Patience 25.23 and Mike Gillet – 28.54.