Frank Wins at Mistley

20th of October 2019

Awesome win for Frank at Mistley… well deserved!!

Under 8s

Report from Frank…. “I felt nervous before the race, but always do. I had a slow start but managed to get my speed up fairly quickly and overtake a lot of riders on the grass section. I really enjoyed the woods section and getting my leg out instead of braking on the corners which helped keep my speed up. I crashed just before the hurdles on one of the laps, as I couldn’t unclip, but got straight back up and carried on. I found the hurdles hard as they were quite high. The crowd was great cheering me on and was really happy to get my first cx race win.

Flying Frank takes top place in the Mistley race

Although we are celebrating Franks win, we must not forget the astounding result for Milo. Milo in his first season and one of the youngest riders finished well up the Under 8 boys field. Well-done Milo!

Milo (picture from previous race)


Race report from Arron, who has been mixing it with the top boys in Under 10s after only a year into his racing career. “I didn’t get the best start, but I came out of the forest in around 6th place then I push hard. The finish line wasn’t where the start was, so I eased off and lost one place to finish 7th”. This is all good experience for the future and I’m sure we will see Aaron win a race soon enough.

Tally showed her skills again at Mistley to finish well. I didn’t see the race, so hopefully I can write more next race when we watch her tear up the course in the long grass at Redgrave, a course likely suited to Tally.

Tally (Picture from previous race)

In U14s:

Oscar wearing his very cool POC shades rode strongly again. He is going from strength to strength. He said it was a very hard course and was shattered at the end. He almost overtook another young lad on the line but needed another couple if metres to do it! Great effort!!

Oscar flying through the muddy bends in a well balanced position

National Time Trial Champion for SYRT at Thruxton (20/10/2019)

National TT Champion, Abbey riding for SYRT

Abbey has had a tough few weeks, with a 3cm piece of glass in her foot, that’s still giving a bit of discomfort, not training for 3 weeks and on Friday came down with a very bad virus along with most of her School class.

Abbey signing on for the National Time Trial Championships

Abbey warmed up well, and asked lots of questions around technique and strategy..

Questions, considerations and decisions being being made before the start

Soon came the time to go to the start line

Abbey checking her position in thought with 30 seconds to go.

Abbey had a sensible start, building into her ride.

A good and steady start, nothing too dramatic, especially with her injured foot.

With loads of family support, Abbey powered around the first lap. The riders had 30 seconds gaps between them At the end of the first lap, Abbey had put 90 seconds into the rider behind her and was holding a good position on her bicycle.

Deep in concentration
Time to put the power down after the first lap
Dicing with another rider for a lap, without getting caught up in drafting rules.
Yes, she’s still there 🙂
Last lap and emptying the tank
Down the pit lane on lap 5 to cross the line in style.
I forgot to explain about the time keepers getting excited and overtaking.. joking..
Post race slow and warm down
Realisation that Abbey had put in a stunning time, even though she was unwell. We lost track of how many times Abbey was sick after the race. Doctors tomorrow.
Age group champion. Abbey was pleased as she also beat the next older age group riders too.
Proud little lady. 11.7 miles in 31:51 and a 10 mile split time of 27:00

Falling Leaves Hill Climb at Semer on the 13th of October 2019.

Suffolk Youth Race Team took 6 riders to the Semer Hill Climb near Sudbury. The team did exceptionally well and all bar none, wanted to ride again next year.

Here are their post race interviews:


How did you feel? I felt very nervous before the race as I hadn’t done a hill climb before and there would be lots of people watching

Did you go and see the start? I watched some of the riders before my turn but this made me feel more nervous seeing their pain.

How did you prepare? I timed my warm-up well so I could get to the start in time

How did the hill feel? I didn’t really feel the pain until half way up and it was hard but the crowds helped urge me on

Do you feel you could have done anything better? I think I should have gone harder at the end in the last 15 metres at the very last bit

But your time was really good… At the end I felt dead! But glad I had finished. I am pleased with my time for the first time but I want to do better and be on the podium, next year

What did you feel about the presentation? I was surprised when my name was called to go up for a presentation

What did you think of the hill climb? It was very exciting on the hill climb. Everyone was cheering and I got loads of compliments at the end. I think I could have got a better time if I changed gears just before the finish line. I look forward to doing a better time next year.

When you woke up, what did you think the day would be like? I thought it would be exciting and I was quite scared.

Did you wear anything special? Before and after the race I wore the presents I got for my birthday 2 days earlier. In the race I wore my skinsuit and my special beautiful warm yellow wool socks.

When you got there, you warmed up… what did you think about everyone being there? I was scared and I thought that I would get hurt with all the people, because they were so big.

What was the weather like? The weather was quite warm, but it was meant to rain, but it didn’t.

What was the start like? Well, the start, I would describe as scary because I thought as they pushed me off, I might have fallen. But it was okay in the end, they were nice to me and made me feel okay.

What was it like going up the hill? It was hard work, and I thought I would slip down, but it was not too hard in the end.

How did you feel at the finish? I felt happy and tired.

Did anything unexpected happen on the hill? Yes, because people and boys were running beside me shouting for me to go faster. I liked that, it was a really nice feeling.

What did you feel about the presentation? I felt surprised because I didn’t know I was that fast to get a prize. I think I could go much faster next time. I will practice more for next time.

Did you meet the organisers and sponsors of the event? Yes, met Dan and he gave me some wine. I met a lady and man whose son used to race, they were lovely and talked to us.

Would you do it again? Yes please, it was very peopley and loud. It was fun.

When you woke up, what did you think the day would be like? Rainy, but it was sunny. And the event? I was scared about it, because it was my first time racing up it.

Did you wear anything special? Well, I wore odd socks. Why? Because I don’t have any pairs. Really? It brings me a lucky day.

When you got there, you warmed up… what did you think about everyone being there? I don’t know. Was it busy? Yes, so I had to be careful warming up.

What was the start like? The best piece because I went fast and it was fun.

What was it like going up the hill? Ermmmm… when I went around the corner, it was like… scary and I might fall off. I loved people cheering me on.

How did you feel at the finish? Happy, but my brakes didn’t work so I went on a bit.

Did anything unexpected happen on the hill? No

What did you feel about the presentation? Very happy, like, I could see people go up and get prizes. Well, our club all got something. We all stood by the podium

Did you meet the organisers and sponsors of the event? Yes, I met Dan and he was nice. I met a lady and her husband, like they organised the wine and gave it out.

Would you do it again? Yes, Yes, I would, yes, I would like to do it again.

You had an interesting build up to the race I hear: Yes, I had a few bad weeks of training building up the hill-climb. Then on Wednesday I had a 3cm x 1cm bit of glass in the ball of my foot and couldn’t walk until Saturday. I did a test on Saturday, and it hurt but I could ride. On Sunday I could walk, but it hurt a bit. I tried not to think about it much, but I couldn’t get power down for more than a few seconds and had to back out. Semer is such great fun, I still wanted to ride up.

When you woke up, what did you think the day would be like? I was very worried. I told Callum my brother I wasn’t sure I could do it, as I still had the stitches and it was painful.

Did you wear anything special? No, I even forgot to get my overshoes on I wore last year.

When you got there, you warmed up… what did you think about everyone being there? I got to my warm up late and didn’t have my shoes, so it was a bit rushed. I didn’t get warmed up properly, but it didn’t matter. I have done races before without a warm up, and they were fine. Its not so easy to do that on a hill climb because it’s a straight sprint. We tried to do a negative split, to help me, but that didn’t give much advantage.

What was the weather like? We expected it to be rainy, and we brought all sorts of wet weather clothing and towels etc, even daddy’s virgin oil. We didn’t use any of it.

What was the start like? I was very worried about sprinting because of my foot. I worked into the sprint, rather than going off very fast. It doesn’t affect the time much, but gives my foot less pressure.

What was it like going up the hill? We were all told that we can’t win, because we are so young in U16s, so I went hard as I could, but enjoyed it more than previous years. It made me smile a lot to see everyone cheering us on.

How did you feel at the finish? Thought I could have gone flat out or the whole hill, but my foot was hurting, so I think I did okay. I wasn’t worn out like previous years.

Did anything unexpected happen on the hill? No, not really. It was just good fun.

What did you feel about the presentation? Previous years they gave a presentation to girls only and boys only, I think the numbers were lower this year so we had a mixed gender race. I’m not sure where I came, probably about 5th or 6th. Everyone got a prize from my club, which I liked. We all lined up.

Did you meet the organisers and sponsors of the event? Yes, they were all very nice. I think Eva thinks she won a bottle of wine, but its for all of us.

Would you do it again? Yes, its one of the best races of the year.

What did you think of the race? I really enjoyed the crowd cheering me and it made me cycle faster.

Eastern Cross Round 4 Basildon

Three SYRT riders went down to Basildon on the 6th of October to compete in Round 4 of the Eastern CycloCross league. Tough muddy course today but the 3 SYRT riders all put on good performances.
Dried out lots after my race was sunny and warm!!! Then back here to torrential rain.

Aaron on the start-line

In U10’s:
Arron went well getting off to a steady start but finishing strong. At the start, his dad told him to sit back and not try to race the first guys at start but try jump on their wheel as Aaron wasn’t confident with it being super muddy plus the hurdles. It was a muddy carnage there the first lap. He did very well, on the last lap he had a boy chasing him down, he put a good sprint on the final lap to finish just ahead of the boy chasing him down. He came off muddy, messy but surprising happy… Aaron finished 7th.


In U14s:
In the race, first lap, everyone was sliding into each other at the bottom, both Ben and Oscar probably jumped 6-10 fallen riders on the first lap, after that, lower was the way to go
Ben and Oscar had good starts but Oscar got a bit held up through the woods. They did really well with the off camber with both of them riding it when many others were running it. Then they both kept good speed to make it down and up a big bomb hole.
Unfortunately, Ben has a mechanical bending his hanger which caused his chain to jam between the cassette and wheel. He had to run a long way to pits where he got great service from his mechanic to get him back in to the race.
Oscar also had some drama coming off and getting a nasty bit of road rash on his leg. But he got back on to finish two places ahead of Ben after his mechanical.
Oscars mum stated “It was a tough one but they all did really well – so much mud!”


Northlands Cross in Basildon

On Sunday the team went int deepest Essex, to Basildon in fact.

After last years Biblical rain, the reports of 22 degrees, light winds with thunder and lightening were taken very seriously by those that went last year. There was many a story from lasts years washout from parents and riders too.

Tally and Abbey sharing a pre-race joke

The team saw Oscar, Abbey, Tally, Aaron, Eva, Callum and Milo racing.

The first race had Aaron, Eva, Milo and Callum take to the start line. All riders having done a practice start and sighting laps… raring to go… Aaron shot off as part of the breakaway in 2nd and 3rd place during he first lap, settling into the race quickly and looking completely in control. With only a couple of laps to go Aaron got caught and had a battle into a corner and clipped wheels in a very fair manner with another riders wheel sending Aaron to the ground. Aaron was okay, bounced up and took chase, but unfortunately lost touch with the leaders and finished just outside the top 3. Without doubt Aaron made sure people knew he was in the race and raised many an eyebrow with his pace and determination. Aaron will be on the podium soon enough…

Aaron trying to get back on terms with the leaders, but in a short race its hard to close the gap
Aaron hanging on to a very talented and seasoned rider in the first few laps.
The look of determination from Aaron

Milo rode a strong race finishing very strongly. This was Milos second race and he looks to be loving racing with this elder sister also racing, but in the U10s.

Milo at the start
Ever smiling… Milo!!
Milo showing great technique

Eva got a great start and flew around putting some very impressive lap times. Eva battled through the race showing great braking ability on dead turns to pass many riders. Eva finished 2nd in U10G. A fantastic result and keeps her leading the league.

Out braking queen
Deep in concentration and flying around… Eva

Callum had his first win in Cyclocross today aged 6 years old and came 8th overall in both U8 and U10 combined. A great result.

Face of determination
Callum determined to hold onto 1st place
Callum sprinting off the hill

Next we had the U12s with Abbey and Tally lining up. As the whistle blew, Abbeys chain broke and that was that. Under the new rules you cant do much to help. That left Tally to represent the team, and she did a sterling job too. Tally made up a number of places and you could see the improvement from the previous week. Tally’s job was made all the harder as it started to rain and showed great bike handling ability as the grass became slippery.

Tally looking happy
Tally showing determination
And the rain fell…

The last race with SYRT representation was U14s and Oscar. Oscar got a good start and showed great handling ability in very slippery conditions. The laps were long and the pace was gruelling. Oscar did very well and fought up to 8th place in only his second year.

Below are photos of Oscar and a few more photos from the day…

Oscar and buddies before the start and in the rain
Oscar flying the flag
Callum proud as punch with his win
Thumbs up from Eva
Tally head down
Eva collecting her 2nd place medal
Callum getting his 1st ever 1st place in Cyclocross
Callum flying over the hills
What a great effort followed by shelter from the elements, food and hydration… Too Kool for School 🙂

CYCLOCROSS ROUND2 – Springfield Cross – Chelmsford

Today saw the second round of the 2019 Cyclocross season at Springfield in Chelmsford.

We had a strong team present, with other strong riders starting their season in coming races.

The 3/4 of the team in the race shown below…

From left to right: Eva, Oscar, Callum, Tally, Milo and Abbey. We didn’t get the other riders from the team in the photo, namely Aaron and Ben… Next time… apologies

The first race saw Aaron U10 gridded up towards the front, and due to their ages, Eva U10 Girl, Callum U8 and Milo U8 were further back. The photos below taken just before gridding:

Aaron and Eva
Eva, Callum and Milo

As the race started, Aaron powered into the top 3 positions down the first straightaway followed by Eva, then Callum and Milo in his first race.

Aaron holding 3rd place on the first lap

Aaron was a bit unlucky to slip on a technical section and dropped back to a still very impressive 5th place overall. I think its fair to say that Aaron has only done 1/2 a season and was up against youths that have raced for a few years. That makes his showing at the front of the race very impressive..

Eva had a bit of a bad start, taking after her older sister. Eva then started to make up places and was up to 2nd place by the end of the first lap. Eva, ever graceful, made it look effortless. After the 2nd lap Eva pushed on and took the lead. Realising she needed points, she had to push to pass a few boys. A very happy Girl, Eva won her race.

Eva prior to the start
Deep in thought
Eva in one of the technical sections
Chasing down
Eva found her pedals well after the cranks turned on dismount

In U8s we had Callum in his 4th season aged 6yrs old and Milo who has raced speed way previously scorching the grass. Both boys rode hard and showed off their technique well… Callum was over joyed to come 2nd overall U8 boy and Milo finished close behind.

Milo remounting after the steep hill
Milo chasing after the riders in front
Callum happy with his 2nd place
Callum mounting after the hill
Callum pressing through the technical section with a good body position

Next up was the Under 12s with Abbey and Tally riding for SYRT. Both girls got a great start. Abbey pressed hard and came first U12 girl, with Tally literally powering around showing amazing grit to finish strongly,elevating herself up the league table.

Tally Powering around the course: Photo by Tommy Tomlinson
Abbey making up places to get valuable league points and taking 1st place

Next up was the Under 14s with Ben and Oscar. Both boys started strongly, with Ben tight on the heels of his main rival from 2018. Boy boys showed great skill and determination. Ben recently won a variety of medals through Triathlon and looked t be in great shape. Ben suffered a minor back injury and had to pull out of the race. This left Oscar to represent the team. Oscar finished a strong 9th in his second season against some very experienced opposition and beat riders in the next category up

Ben pushing hard through the technical sections
Ben pushing out of a corner
Oscar looking strong and finishing very well.

Podium photos below

Cyclocross Round1 – Amis Velo – Colchester

Today saw the start of the 2019 Cyclocross season. Amis Velo, consisting of just 12 members, put on wonderful event at Hilly fields near St Helena School in Colchester. The number of youth riders that entered was something to behold for all, especially for the sport of cycling.

Suffolk Youth Race Team had a good number of riders in a fair few categories. The team today is shown below…

L2R: Aaron, Abbey, Frank, Oscar, Callum, Tally, Milo (in support) and Eva.

U8 Boys: Callum and Frank took to the start-line looking full of confidence. Pre-race chat from the dads, with tactics taken on board by the boys. The Commissaires whistle blew to start the race and off they went. Frank got a great start, but Callum got bogged down with gear selection issues. Both boys flew around, with Frank showing great power. Eventually, after a chat with the time keepers the results were corrected to show Frank finishing 6th and Callum finishing 7th. Photos of the boys below:

Frank on the drops
Callum showing off the new Club Thermal Jersey with sponsors showing nicely
Callum going aero

Next up was the Under 10 girls race. We had Eva in the race who has come top 3 in the league every year she has competed. Although Eva has a special fashion sense when it comes to racing, she is mighty when she wants to be. Yesterday she came up with some things she wanted to change for the race on her bike that made sense, so she came to the race with a bit of an untested config. Today she got a good start and gracefully powered around the course holding off some very strong competitors. Eva had a look of someone who wanted to win, and over took with determination to move into the lead. Eva hung on to the the lead right to the end, putting in very impressive lap times, not far off some of the older riders.

Photos of Eva below:

Pre-race warm up
Happy girl
Eva in determined mode and looking stylish at the same time.
Brother congratulating his big sister Eva on her victory

Next up were the Under 10 boys. Aaron represented the team and got a great start. He pushed hard for the whole race. A bit of a mix-up on the last lap caused a minor issue, but Aaron dealt with it like a pro and finished 7th. Aaron has had a few months off and wants to work hard to get up into the top 3. We are sure it wont take long before he’s there. Photos below:

Next up were the Under 12 Girls. Tally and Abbey lined up towards the back of the grid, which hampered both of their starts. Abbey had to go for an outside grid place by choice to give some level of option to get to the front. This failed unfortunately, although it did help her to clear some riders. Tally got a good start, but its not easy from the row the girls were on. Tally was on her new bike and powered around the course showing great poise and skill. It was evident Tally was still getting used to her new bike as she took a few corners tentatively and sensibly. As the season progresses Tally will grow from strength to strength. Abbey got caught behind slower riders through the wooded section on lap 1 losing over 25 seconds. Her lap times came alight later on in the race where she showed what was asked of her this year, to be more robust. Abbey passed a few riders, taking herself into 2nd place, with the leader too far up the road to catch. Abbey had a moment in the woods on the last lap, allowing the 3rd placed rider to squeeze passed her. Abbeys hit a tree with her shoulder, with no major injury, just a sore shoulder. It was a great showing by both girls… They should both have a good season… Pics of both girls below:

Abbey Thoughtful
Tally looking excited about her imminent race
The girls before their race
Tally overtaking older riders
Abbey concentrating
Abbey taking 3rd place from a previous years league champion.

The last race of the day for SYRT was U14 Boys. Oscar also had a bad grid placing, but got a good start driving hard around the course. Oscar rode well staying with recognised decent riders to finish 17th in under out of 33. Pretty good considering he was gridded so far back. Oscar said he is pleased with his ride on such a tough long course. Photos of Oscar below:

Oscar driving hard
great determination
Looking forward
Style in motion
The end

Farnham Festival of Cycling

7th of July 2019

Winning at Farnham in empathic style

Suffolk Youth Race Team went down to Farnham in Surrey today in one of the last big races of the season. The races had strong fields and reasonably good numbers too.

The Under 8s went first with Eva and Callum flying up the hill, with Callum getting recognition of his fight to get into the first corner early from the commentator. The pair caught riders and fought all the way to the end.

Eva came an amazing 3rd, even though she had been out all night on a sleepover and had not gone to bed until the early hours. She did get a lay in, but also slept most of the way to surrey.

Callum missed the podium, but rode very well for a 6 year old.

Abbey had a reasonable start, at about 10th into the first corner. This is better than her normal position into the 1st corner, which is last. As the leaders finished the first lp, Abbey had forced herself into 2nd overall. She stormed the race and finished 1st by a very long way.


Fete Du Velo 2019

30th of June 2019 at Redourn Hertfordshire

On a beautiful day in Redbourn East Anglian riders traveled an hour and a half to the amazing Redbourn event. In many ways a traditional village green crit but catering for every one with riders from Ipswich and surround areas in attendance. As a club, Suffolk Youth Race Team does not tend to record the seniors and vets, but we can report on the youth from suffolk. Below are some photos of Abbey, Eva, Aaron and Callum who all did amazingly well. It has to be said we have seen larger fields at Fete Du Velo, but still the racing was amazing.

Abbey had a great race with a boy. He led from the start, Abbey reeled him on, worked out his strengths and weaknesses and did her thing for the last 2 laps to win be the length of the finishing straight.

Eva powered around to take a very impressive 1st place in Under 8s Girls.

Aaron got a great start, especially as the SYRT riders were on the second row. Aaron battled very hard and got a good result in his 1st season competing in a close race with a Hillingdon rider.

Callum at 6yrs of age over took the field, bar one to take 2nd place with a stunning result,

Callum and Eva waiting to find out if they got a placing
Abbey podium – 1st place
Eva podium – 1st place
Callum – Podium – 2nd place
Aaron just missed the podium, but there’s plenty of time and his win will come soon enough
Pre-race considerations
Aaron flat out
Abbey in though on the 2nd row
My favorite photo with Abbey realising whats going to happen as the race starts. Sharp girl
U8 start
Fist lap with Abbey and Aaron chasing the leader
Abbey making the catch
Passing to take the lead
Eventually Abbey won with a fair distance to 2nd place
Aarron powering around
Eva powering to her win
Callum loving 2nd place with Amber loving th action