Round 2 Report
The second week of the Maindy Freewheel League saw near tropical weather
causing riders to discard up to 3 of their traditional 8 layers.
Again racing started with the under 10's and 8's and the previous weeks
pattern was being followed.
In the under 8's Ryan Phillips was again the strongest, but the introduction of
Rhys Thomas and with Joe Nethall going flat out over the shorter distances,
racing was close all night.
Joe Beckinsale and Megan James establishing their dominance in the under
10's early on, but with Huw Higgins Worrall away on holiday, Owain Roberts
and Oliver Beere had a ding dong battle for second boy, swapping places
between races 1 and 2 and with everything riding on race 3. Every time
Megan James looked over her shoulder she couldn't have failed to notice how
close Isobel Meek was; so things were hotting up ready for the introduction of
the "inner circuit".
For the first time the roads in the middle of the track were to be used. Bends
The under 8 & 10 race was the first on and they managed magnificently, Joe
and Megan again 1 and 2, but Owain Roberts was right there in the final sprint
giving Joe a scare, with Ryan, an under 8, crossing the line 4th in the under
10 race, showing he has the credentials for a future criterium star.
The under 12's adopted the Cardiff tradition of half and half, although not
chips and rice on this occasion. Half the race was run on the full track and
then moving, seamlessly, to the inner circuit to complete the race. Everything
stayed together with attacks from Jack Broadley and Will Gadd being chased
down, but with 3 to go Jack unleashed an attack into the corner, catching out
Brett Nethall, and quickly opening a gap. Will Gadd gave chase but Jack was
gone, holding onto his lead to the finish, with Will just holding off a fast
finishing Brett. In the girls race Mali Meek had established a gap on the track
but on the inner circuit could not stay with the boys cornering and Lowri
Thomas gradually closed the gap, managing to come past in the final sprint to
take the victory.
Commissairre Steve Thomas came up with another inner circuit for the under
14's and 16's and this proved so good they used it for their entire races.
The under 14's were first on the new course and things stayed close for
several laps, treating the crowd to some impressive bunch cornering. Several
attacks were mounted, but couldn't stay away, however it was clear these
were taking their toll on the bunch and eventually Max Nethall attacked and
got a gap on the bunch, but this time he had company in the shape of Emily
Haycox. Once away they gave an impressive and mature display of riding
lapping most of the field, then sitting up with 2 laps to go to ensure they did
not interfere with the close fought race for 2nd boy. Harry Lock had managed
briefly to get across to Max and Emily but could not hold the pace and
returned to the bunch, to then get away with Sam Beckinsale and Evan
Edwards, who was a different rider this week now his gears were fixed. The 3
fought it out all the way to the line, with Harry taking 2nd and Sam just piping
Evan for 3rd. Ffion James had been dropped from this group of boys but
battled on to finish 6th overall and 2nd girl.
With a talent camp keeping Robbie Westwood from riding Owen Thomas
made an early break and everyone watching could see it was race over, so
long as he stayed upright, not a given for Owen! His riding however was
flawless and he cruised to victory. Matt Thompson used his cyclo cross bike
handling experience to ride to second and Becca Hunt again refused to give
up, finishing 3rd and 1st girl.