CYCLING: Chard youngsters excel at Merryfield

This is The West Country: CYCLING: Chard youngsters excel at Merryfield CYCLING: Chard youngsters excel at Merryfield

McKINLAYS 1st Chard Wheelers enjoyed another highly successful evening of racing at the second round of the Team Tor 2000 summer series at RNAS Merryfield near Ilton.

The club’s youth riders, in particular, dominated proceedings and produced some quality performances.

Under 10s Max Taylor and Jack Webb fought out an epic struggle with Jack getting home first for his 11th win of the year so far. Oscar West took a well ridden third place.

Evan Richards completely outclassed the Under-12 field and romped home for the win by some margin while Jack Dickinson, who is a newcomer to racing, took a highly commendable third place with an excellent sprint finish.

Joe West won the Under 14 race, which also saw Wheelers in second, third and fourth spots. Rowan Ellis rode to third place and Max Hinds was fourth. Chris Burrows took a great second place behind West in his first proper race.

With Under-16 Emily Attfield entering the Ladies race, Ruby Bond took victory in the category. But Attfield topped that by winning her first senior race ahead of Wiebke Rietz in third.

Ryan White put in a very powerful sprint to claim top spot in the Under-16 boys against a strong field. Bob Foxwell, another Wheeler new to racing, took an excellent ninth place in the Cat.4. race, while Rob Hogg gained another top ten placing in the E/1/2 event.

Paul Barratt took part in the LVRC National Road Championships (Over 50s) and rode to a superb seventh place.

Max Hinds was third in the South West Juvenile MTB XC series and Gavin Richards won a Mountain bike race at the first attempt.

The Time Trial riders were in good form as well with some top drawer rides at the Northover Vets 10 mile TT on Saturday and the 25 mile version on Sunday.

Justin Dance recorded 21m 56s for the 10 and clocked a personal best of 57m 03S for the 25 miler. Other top rides came from Dave Moffett (22m 14s), Dave Lane (23m 54s), Buster Lawrence (24m), Ben Moran (24m 06s) and Mark German (24m 34s).

Meanwhile 72-year-old John Trout put in one of his best rides for several years and stopped the clock at 27m 43s.

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