A busy weekend for Thanet RC’s riders

Thanet Road Club’s youth riders endured a busy weekend, with the first road race of 2018 and the last cyclocross event of the 2017/18 season on the same weekend.

Eight riders made the trip to the Redbridge Cycling Centre in East London on Saturday, a £5m London 2012 legacy facility including the infamous Hog Hill, which averages 8% over 300m with a maximum 10.5% near the summit.

The LVYCC Youth Races, hosted by Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club, attracted a very good entry across all age groups, despite awful weather conditions with the temperature at four degrees and continuos heavy rain throughout. Many riders failed to finish, suffering from the cold or from punctures caused by flints washed on to the course.

Best placed Thanet rider was Emily Heasman who finished fifth in her first U16 Girls race. She found it difficult riding in the bunch because of the spray coming off other riders’ wheels, so Emily attacked off the front of a very good group but was chased down and stayed with the group for a fine finish. George Pittock used similar tactics, winning a bunch sprint in the second group for an excellent ninth place in the U16 Boys.

The heavy rain cleared overnight and in time for the final round of the East Kent Cyclocross League, hosted by VC Deal at Betteshanger Country Park on Sunday, but ground conditions were very wet and the already technical course was even more challenging.

Emily Heasman again came out on top, second in the U16 Girls race behind Charlotte McGreevy of Liv AWOL who won every round of the series and recently placed eighth at the National Trophy Series. George Pittock was unlucky to crash on the final lap, losing third place and a podium place to finish fifth in the U16 Boys race.

In the senior races Thanet RC had 2 competitors on a course that was becoming very muddy. Firstly Nicola Goodban in 13th in a competitive women’s race and Shawn Manning 9th in the Vets Mens 40+.

Head Coach Colin Robinson said “This was a great turnout and some impressive results from all of our riders. The weather conditions on Saturday were probably the worst I have ever seen for a road race, and then to turn out and do it all again on Sunday shows real commitment. Chapeau to all of our riders!”

Thanet RC results:

LVYCC Youth Races, Saturday 20 January

U16 Boys – 9th George Pittock, 14th Lance Childs, 24th Jack Hill

U16 Girls – 5th Emily Heasman, 12th Catherine Morrell

U14 Girls – 6th Freya Cook

U12 Boys – 8th Lughaidh Cook, 9th Max Robinson

East Kent Cyclocross League, Sunday 21 January

U16 Boys – 5th George Pittock, 9th Jack Hill

U16 Girls – 2nd Emily Heasman

U14 Boys – 7th Charlie Hart

U14 Girls – 3rd Freya Cook, 4th Tallulah Butcher

U12 Boys – 7th Lughaidh Cook, 10th Max Robinson, 14th Benjamin Hutton, 15th Luke Hart, 20th Thorsten Cook

Vet Men – 9th Shawn Manning

Women -12th Nicola Goodban

Post by Colin Robinson

(Photo – Nicola Goodban)