Friday, 16 March 2018

Jumping into Mountain bike racing

9/3/18 There were a few worried faces when riders heard they may have to go over a jump in this years Mountain bike round of the YHPSCL. Although when it came to practise nearly all of the 81 riders from the eight schools that turned up opted to try out the A line and went over that jump. Whilst during the actual races many riders found it faster going round the longer B line. As well as the jump there were other technical sections involving descents and ascents with tight corners and slippy mud to contend with so the riders had a good deal of learning to get in before racing.

Arlo getting air over the jump
 The number one coaching point we were aiming at all riders understanding was the ready position for MTB riding. The ready position should be your neutral go-to position when riding as it provides good stability, control of the bike and is the starting position for many other techniques and skills. It sets the rider up for whats coming next - be it a tight corner or rocky drop off - looking ahead, stood up on level pedals, brakes covered and weight balanced over the centre of the bike means a rider should be able to tackle whatever is coming up. This is something riders can practise anywhere on any bike which will improve their bike handling all round.

Good display of the ready position from Jimme
Year 4 girls getting ready to start
 First to race were the year 4 girls and straight away the girls form Jubilee were to the fore - Charlie Poppy and Grace looked to make a clean sweep of it however Merle form Gayhurst pipped Grace on the line to deny them the 123. The strength in depth of the Jubilee girls continues to impress.
Year 4 girls in action

Year 4 girls in action

Year 4 girls in action

Year 4 girls leading trio

Year 4 girls results
 Next up were the year 4 boys and once again the Millfield's lads were showing strongly with Harris building an impressive lead over the rest of the field to take the win followed by team mate Logan with Brandon coming in third for Jubilee.

Year 4 boys winner - Harris

Year 4 boys podium

Year 4 boys results

Year 5 girls line up
The year 5 girls race saw Ishanna and Lena of Jubilee slug it out for the first two laps followed by Lola from Millfields in the Ishanna pulled away just enough to take the win.

year 5 girls in action
year 5 girls in action

year 5 girls in action

year 5 girls in action
year 5 girls in action

year 5 girls in action
year 5 girls in action

year 5 girls results

 year 5 boys line up
 The last event was the year 5 boys with riders from Millfields and Gayhurst setting the pace - eventually the duo of Jimme and Nicolas proved too strong for Arlo meaning another 1-2 for Millfields.
year 5 boys in action

year 5 boys in action

year 5 boys in action

Year 5 boys leaders

year 5 boys in action

year 5 boys in action

year 5 boys in action

year 5 boys leading trio 

Year 5 boys results

year 5 boys podium
Once again it was great racing by all - its good to see so many smiles on faces as they are going round and hopefully they will all be practising their mtb techniques over easter. Jubillee won the round narrowing the gap to Millfields at the top of the league slightly. The next round is in May - grass tack at Hackney Downs for years 4 and 5 again - see you there.
Current league standings after round 6.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Circuit Racing in February...

Action from the year 5 girls race


Another windy and chilly winter day did not deter over 80 riders from turning up to race on the Lea Valley Velopark circuit last Friday. At least this time they had a tailwind blowing them along the finishing straight.

Ishanna wins the year 5 girls race
 The first race was the year 5 girls with 20 riders. Jubilee took 1st and third in the year 5 girls  with Ishanna and Lena whilst Sophie from Kingsmead finished a strong 2nd.
Year 5 girls results
Next up were the year 5 boys with 23 starters and it ended up clean sweep for the Millfields boys with Jimme winning from Louis then Fergus.

Year 5 boys line up

Year 5 boys results

Jimme wins the year 5 boys race

Year 6 girls line up
The year 6 girls saw another win for Millfields as Ashleigh held  off Mabel and Iris from Jubilee.

Year 6 girls results

I think thats Ashleigh coming in to win the year 6 girls...binoculars anyone?

Year 6 boys line up
Year 6 boys results
 The year 6 Millfields boys were not to be outdone by their younger team mates and completed another clan sweep of the podium with Milton way ahead of Solomon and Kaspar.
Milton wins the year 6 boys race

League standings after round 5

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Keep Rolling Rolling Rolling....

Another frenetic day of exciting racing was held last Friday at the Forest Youth Centre - it could only be the indoor roller racing round of this years YHPSCL. With five schools showing up in the morning and another four in the afternoon it was a full day of high intensity efforts and extremely loud cheering.
Morning briefing
concentration before the start...

...and the're off ...

... the end of another hard race

looks like the green bike won this race

The morning session went very well with a lot of fast times but the results were not finalised until the afternoon riders had their go too. The year 4 girls competition was won for Jubilee by Poppy in great time of 36.8 seconds for the 500m distance, with only 2 tenths of a second separating 2nd place Sarah from Southwold from May of Parkwood.
Year 4 girls results

The year 5 girls times were as expected even quicker with Sophie and Lolo from Kingsmead only a second apart for 2nd and 3rd but once again a Jubilee rider - Ishanna took the honours with a 31.8 second win.
Year 5 girls results

Jubilee continued to dominate the girls competition with another gold for Iris in year 6 on a blistering 30.8 second pace with her teammate Hannah coming second followed by Taejah from Millfields in third.
Year 6 girls results

The boys competition on the other hand was dominated by Millfields with Year 6 Milton setting the fastest time of the day -28.3 seconds. Solomon from Millfields also came second with Mylo from Jubilee third.
year 6 boys results

The year 5 boys title also went to Millfields - Jimme finishing in 31.1 seconds ahead of Demi from Mandeville and Zain from Gayhurst.
year 5 boys results

 The year 4 boys also went the way of Millfields with Harris's 30.5 seconds faster than the year 5s. Albert from Gayhurst was second followed by Elliot from Millfields.
year 4 boys results
 All this means it is hotting up nicely on the league standings with Jubilee winning this round to close in on leaders Millfields. Kingsmead closed the gap to Gayhurst and Mandeville leapt up the table to close in on Southwold and Parkwood.
YHPSCL current standings after round 4