The next generation of British cycling stars were out in force at the National Bowl when the city hosted the fifth round of the National Circuit Series on Saturday.
Hundreds of riders, support teams and spectators turned out for an afternoon’s racing, as youngsters from the age of eight up to 16 battled it out for prize money and points in the overall series.
A chilly breeze and cloud cover which refused to break all day probably contributed to some excellent races, and most certainly did nothing to discourage some fine break away attempts, although may have helped to ensure few of them stuck.
Three laps may not sound very far, but the U8s rode the same course as the other age groups, and Ruben Snelson of Team MK finished in 11th place.
Over five laps in the U10s race, Joel Corbishley crossed the finish line in 10th, followed by Alexander Russell in 12th, while Emily Moon came 8th in the girls race.
After seven laps of racing, it was 19th position for Oliver Knight in the U12s race. Sam Skeggs was 30th, followed by Team MK’s Lewis Muncaster, Skip Snelson, Riley Searle, Nic Day, Max Wellstead and Noah Tresham.
Lauren Murphy returned 6th in the 40 minute U14s girls category, and over 45 minutes Team MK riders Elliot Haigh, Jacob Tresham and Joshua Ustaran-Anderegg contested the boys race.
Elizabeth Shirley finished 25th after the same period of time in the U16s girls event, and over 60 minutes Marcus Burnett came 9th in the boys, while Jonti and Zinzan Heap, and Bauna Ball did not finish what was by far the quickest race of the day.
Whether or not the next Sir Bradley Wiggins or Lizzie Armistead was racing at the Bowl remains to be seen, but the event will certainly prove great experience for all those who took part.