Clevedon riders in fine form

PUBLISHED: 11:28 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 05 July 2017

Tommy Barlow.

Tommy Barlow.

Clevedon Cycling Club members have been enjoying some excellent results in recentl weeks.

Clevedon riders from across the age groups have been getting on the podium in recent weeks.

Tommy Barlow rode to a fine second place at the LVRC Stourport Criterium in the over-50 category after animating the race.

A group of six riders, including Tommy, made an early break on the tight figure of eight circuit. Not wanting to wait for a sprint, Tommy tried to escape the breakaway group but kept getting reeled in.

He was now a marked man but also knew he had the strength to get the win if he played his cards right. In the final laps, Tommy let a lone rider go clear planning to jump across.

On the last lap the plan was working, but he left it slightly too late to catch the leader and finished a close second. A great result nonetheless and a confidence booster that the form is there.

Twelve-year-old Tom Taylor went one step better, taking another fantastic win on the Odd Down closed road circuit as part of the Velopost youth series. A six-rider sprint saw the Clevedon rider take a well-deserved win.

Tom followed this with a trip to the Hampshire countryside for his favourite discipline in the Southern XC mountain bike series. Gridded on the back row of the 38-rider bunch proved just too much as the leaders rode away before he could work his way through field to finish in fifth.

Tom is part of the Sulis Scorpions Club which is a youth set up that train in Bath on Saturday mornings. This is a great way for kids to get into the sport using the car-free Odd Down circuit with British Cycling accredited coaches including CDRC’s own Dave Sleigh.

In the last round of the Tuesday evening 10, there was another win for Josh Griffiths from the Bristol South Club in a time of 21.17, with Gwen Bowan first lady in 25.54.

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