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West Riding Track league Week 2

West Riding Track league Week 2

Monday 18 May 2009
Report & Images: Mandy Parker


For the last few years, the West Riding Track League has been unable to run after spells of heavy rain due to a waterlogged track. This year, after extensive drainage work carried out by Roundhay Park, the track has been fit to ride, despite the heaviest storms of the year.

With the forecast unpredictable, the organiser, Mandy Parker, decided to go ahead with the event. When asked, she said "I thought it would be worth trying to run in view of the condition of the track. However after driving through heavy downpours on the way to the event, I was expecting to be lynched by the intrepid few who turned up. I was astounded to find that the park was in a pocket of sunny weather surrounded by heavy rain clouds." The weather remained kind to the riders turning up and a full programme was run.


Numbers were understandably down but both youth and seniors were tested to the limit by a sticky track. Even some of the more experienced riders were caught out with their gearing by the conditions, as usually races were cancelled unless the track is bone dry.

A series of new programmes has been devised by Mark Barry, offering a variety of types of races to spice up the league and some of the younger riders were tested by the differing distances. This made for opportunities for other riders throughout the event.

With growing numbers of riders, Mandy would like to encourage more senior and youth riders to attend, "We can offer some competitive racing over a variety of distances to suit differing abilities. It is harder racing on grass but offers fantastic opportunities exciting for both riders and spectators. As a number of current and past GB squad members have raced at Roundhay as part of their schedule, we offer fantastic opportunities for all.


 
Come along and have a go! - Contact Mandy Parker on 07917 860292 or mandyparker2@ntlworld.com

Results -- West Riding Track League Week 18th May 2009   

Event 1: Juvenile  Lap Time Trial Freewheel   
1 Chris Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 22.27s
2 Joe Parker Crosstrax 23.45
3 Tom Pidcock  24.54
4 Stephen Jones Pontefract 27.2
5 Jamie Ormiston  27.45
6 Eric Mobbs Leeds Mercury 33.2
7 Joe Pidcock  36.32
8 Patrick Ormiston  38.26
9 Natasha Farmer  42.48

Event 2: Juvenile  Lap Time Trial Fixed   
1 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 19.01s
2 Jake Womersley Sowerby Bros RT 19.64
3 Luke Simpson Leeds St Christopher's 21.14
4 Lewis Barry Sports City Velo 22.01

Event 3 Fixed Wheel 6 Lap Block Handicap   
1 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 4m 57s
2 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
3 Steve Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 
4 Luke Simpson Leeds St Christopher's 
5 Jake Womersley Sowerby Bros RT 

Event 4A: Juvenile 3 Lap Scratch Freewheel Race   
1 Chris Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 
2 Joe Parker Crosstrax 
3 Tom Pidcock  

Event 4B: Juvenile 2 Lap Scratch Freewheel Race   
1 Eric Mobbs Leeds Mercury 2.28
2 Stephen Jones Pontefract 

Event 4B: Juvenile 2 Lap Scratch Freewheel Race   
1 Joe Pidcock  1.54
2 Patrick Ormiston  
3 Natasha Farmer  

Event 5 Fixed Wheel 500m Handicap   
1 Steve Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 50.44
2 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
3 Jake Womersley Sowerby Bros RT 
4 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
5 Lewis Barry Sports City Velo 
6 Nick Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 

Event 6 Freewheel 500 Handicap   
1 Eric Mobbs Leeds Mercury 1.03
2 Chris Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 1.04
3 Stephen Jones Pontefract 1.05
4 Tom Pidcock  
5 Jamie Ormiston  
6 Joe Parker Crosstrax 
   
Event 7 Fixed Wheel 4 Lap Course de Prime  TLP = Track league Points for the Laps
1 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 3.22 2TLP
2 Steve Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 3.24 1TLP
3 Jake Womersley Sowerby Bros RT 
   
Event 8A Freewheel 1/2 Lap Scratch Heat A   
1 Chris Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 22.06
2 Joe Parker Crosstrax 22.78

Event 8B Freewheel 1/2 Lap Scratch Heat B   
1 Stephen Jones Pontefract 26.68
2 Eric Mobbs Leeds Mercury 36.18

Event 9A Fixed wheel 1 Lap Scratch   
1 Jake Womersley Sowerby Bros RT 43.27
2 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
3 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
4 Anthony Jones Featherstone CC 

Event 9B Fixed wheel 1 Lap Scratch   
1 Nick Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 44.9
2 Steve Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 46.18
3 Lewis Barry Sports City Velo 
4 Luke Simpson Leeds St Christopher's 
5 Chris Parker East Bradford CC 

Event 10 Freewheel 900m Handicap   
1 Chris Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 2.17
2 Joe Parker Crosstrax 
3 Eric Mobbs Leeds Mercury 
4 Stephen Jones Pontefract 
   
Event 11 Fixedwheel Unknown Distance   
1 Paul Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 2.33
2 Nick Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 
3 Steve Barnes Seacroft Wheelers 
4 Ryan Whatmough Shepherds Cycles 
5 Luke Simpson Leeds St Christopher's 
6 Lewis Barry Sports City Velo