Team MK cyclists were out in force on Saturday when the first youth race of 2013 took place at the National Bowl.
Some were taking part in their first ever serious race in the cold and wet conditions, with Ruben Snelson leading the way for the U8 boys, while Ethan Stevenson was 5th.
The close rivalry between MK’s Alex Wetherill and Alex Russell continued in the U10 race as they finished 4th and 5th respectively. Seb Henry finished 7th, and in the girls category Molli Keenor raced to victory as Emily Moon was 4th home.
In the U12s, Oliver Knight took a well deserved 3rd place in a sprint finish, as positions 4th to 8th were all filled by MK riders, Riley Searle, Lewis Muncaster, Sam Skeggs, Skip Snelson and Max Wellstead.
The remaining MK riders, Noah Tresham and Nicholas Day, finished in 10th and 11th respectively, and for the girls Anna Ustaran-Andees was in 2nd place, Isabel Parker 3rd and Aimee Zygo 4th.
A lone break a few laps from the end saw the rest of the field sprinting for 2nd place in the U14 race – a sprint that was marred by a crash yards from the finish. Elliot Haigh was the highest placed MK rider in 5th, while Jacob was 8th. Evan Carter, Joshua Ustaran-Andees, Jamie Lloyd and Thomas Zygo finished in 10th to 13th places.
Lauren Murphy recovered from a puncture to win the girls race, with Erin Simpson returning in 3rd.
In the U16 event, Marcus Burnett was 2nd, Ryan Savage 4th and Bauna Ball 9th, while Louis Carter, Sam Carrington and Nicholas Ustaran-Andees finished in 12th, 13th and 15th places respectively.
Elizabeth Shirley rode well to finish 2nd in the girls race.