Seven juniors turned up on a hot and blustery afternoon – conditions were challenging but did not prevent anyone from pushing their performances.
The session was run by Col and PC. Col decided to change a few things around – to help the youngsters adapt to different conditions and develop their skills further.
The one-lap TT was run anti-clockwise, giving an uphill start and a fast descent through the S-bends; the 200m sprint to the finishing line was slightly uphill, although wind-assisted. The kids rode a familiarisation lap and were quite excited, especially Richard who shot off uphill from the start and used that technique later in the handicap race to good advantage. Tahlia was forced to do an extra half lap due to faulty timing equipment, (or faulty timekeeper), but still managed to get within 2 seconds to her PB after a short rest. The results for the TT were:
Elliot 2:40 (3 secs off PB)
Richard 2:34 (1 sec off PB)
Laura 2:37 (4 secs off PB)
Bernie 2:20 (4 secs off PB)
These were great times given the new direction and windy conditions.
Col then organised a sort-of relay “race” on the straight with riders having to pass a tennis ball to team members. Andrew May was roped into a team to even up numbers and he wasn’t too much of a handicap to his fellow riders.
The three-lap handicap race also went anti-clockwise and Col set off Tahlia and Elliot on GO, followed by Laura and Richard on 30secs; then Thomas and Bernie off 1:15 and Dempsey a further 30sec back. Tahlia’s tough handicap began to tell during the second lap; her starting partner Elliot managed to keep up a steady pace to come in third. Richard charged up the hill from the start and kept up a relentless pace that Laura was able to match for about half the race. Dempsey caught up Thomas and Bernie during the second lap and they worked together to catch the front-markers, but only Dempsey was able to accelerate in the final section coming out of the S-bends and cross the line in second place behind Richard. Bernie and Thomas sprinted to the line in a dead-heat to complete the race.
Once again, well done to all and many thanks to the club members and parents who came along to lend a hand on the day – it certainly makes the running of these sessions so more enjoyable for all.