The 2011 season so far…
The season started well in Southport when I was aiming for a top 10 in both races and ended up getting two top 5’s and then a few weeks later I went on to win the Dolan series. However, at the first national series event in Bristol my good streak made a turn for the worse as I punctured with 3 laps to go after doing so well staying in the top 10 all day. I got selected to ride for the North West team in the Isle of Man youth tour which was one of my goals for the season. The team rode well taking the overall leaders jersey, the point’s jersey and the team classification. The team stayed the same for the North West Youth Tour and we were successful as our team leader finished 5th overall and one of the riders won the last stage. I didn’t do the third national series race because it was the North West circuit championships which I wanted to win. I rode strongly making the attack that took me and three riders away but I had a mechanical with 5 laps to go and wasn’t allowed a lap out. I had to run to the pits and change my rear wheel and by the time I got back on the gap was unbridgeable.
My biggest aim for the season is to get on the talent team which I am capable of but I needed some decent results to put on my application and so far I didn’t have any that stood out, so I went up to Hetton for the fifth round of the national series. I had ridden the course before so I had an upper hand and the weather was awful, 13 degrees and pouring it down which is my favourite racing weather. I was at the front all day doing really well but I lost focus on the last lap and found myself near the back. I managed to overtake a few riders in the sprint but only managed 15th. The same thing happened at Curborough and I wanted to make sure that it didn’t happen again so at Blackpool I was on the ball the whole race. I avoided an early crash which took out 40+ riders. I wanted to take some points in the sprint laps so I was 4th wheel going into the hairpin but a rider slipped out in front of me and I couldn’t get out the way or brake in time. I took a lap out and got back in the bunch. On the next prime lap I got 3rd which gave me 2 national series points. Not much, but 2 more than I had before! Nine riders broke away so I had to rely on my sprinting ability to get me a position. I came 3rd in the sprint which made me 12th so another national series point.
All eyes were on the national circuit championships which I was looking on good form for. I was feeling strong but tired through the race but I knew that if I stayed in the bunch I could do well in the sprint. 5 of the strongest riders got away with 11 laps to go. This turned out to be the decisive break so the battle for fifth place was on. Several riders attempted to bridge the gap but failed and popped out the back. I knew that I wasn’t strong enough to bridge the gap so I sat in around the top 10. Out of 100 riders, only 27 didn’t get lapped and finished the whole 22 laps. With 2 laps to go my team mate Joe Evans made an attack up the hill but nobody worked with him so he got brought back. He tried again on the next lap but ended up being counter attacked by Callum Ferguson who got away and came 5th. I was 6th wheel going into the final corner which was a bit far back. I gave everything in the sprint and overtook 3 riders to come 3rd in the bunch sprint and 8th overall which I was extremely happy about.
There are only two national series events left so I want to do well in them to get top ten overall in the national series.