National Youth Track Omnium Championship – 22nd August 2011
It was an early start for the youngsters from Cumbria, the National Cycling Centre doors opened at 7.30am and the eager youth riders were there all waiting for the doors to open. 9 o’clock was soon upon us and Henrietta Colborne was first onto the track and drawn against Edinburgh’s Lulu Barlett in the 1500m individual pursuit. It was a tight encounter with Barlett taking the lead as the laps progress but Henrietta was pulling her back then the bell went for Henrietta she completed what she thought was her final lap only to hear the bell sound once again her team knew that the officials had rung the bell a lap early & had already lodged an appeal, the officials factored a time based on Henrietta’s lap time which saved the youngster from Milburn having to ride again which would have sapped her vital energy. Henrietta was given 2 minutes 15 second which placed her 20th Overall after the 1st event.
Next up was Ellie Dickinson looking to build on her performance two weeks prior to the championship where she finished 5th overall. The pursuit has been Ellie weakest event over the summer so she was looking to get a top 8 finish which would place her nicely going into the next 3 races. Ellie had a slow start but started to pull back her opponent and going through the half point they were closer than ever, the Manx’s rider Vitoria Kingrade powered the second half of the race & beat Dickinson by 3 seconds, Dickinson set a time of 2minutes 7seconds which placed her 7th overall whilst Kingrade set the 3rd fastest time of the day.
There was only one other Cumbrian based rider at the Championships and that was Border City’s Rebecca Morley, this being Rebecca’s first national event in any discipline. Rebecca rode to a creditable 2minutes 20seconds placing her 26th after the 1st event, distance not being Rebecca forte the sprint rounds were still to come.
Megan Barker from Wales was the leader after the 1st event recording a time 2minutes 3seconds.
Second round of the day followed some hour and half later the girls were having to learn how to stay focused & relaxed during the long wait between rounds. Rebecca was first of the Cumbrian riders up drawn in a heat with last year’s omnium winner Grace Garner & well know sprinter Emily Capwell, with only one rider guaranteed a place in the semi’s it was going to be a tough race for Rebecca, it was a tactical affair with the more experienced swooping down the track leaving Morley high & unable to catch on the wheels and came 4th a lesson learned for the youngster.
Ellie Dickinson & Henrietta were drawn together in the last heat with Dickinson leading the sprint out from 1 and half laps out & came home first with a large gap and qualified for the semi final. Henrietta came in 4th unable to cope with the pace set by her team mate.
The repechage heats were up next for the girls that had not qualified, Henrietta Colborne managed to squeeze 3rd place & Rebecca Morley also 3rd in the heat meaning they were left to fight for minor placing’s in the minor finals.
Semi Final time and Ellie Dickinson was drawn against Sophie Capwell who is an experienced sprinter & it was again Dickinson who lead out with more than a lap to go, she held on just on the line going into the final which would see all the countries best sprinter take each other on.
Ellie found herself against the best placed girls in the UK rankings & being a year younger this was going to be a challenge, a nervous Dickinson hit the front and went with the same tactic as her win in previous rounds only this time to the caught in the home straight by all three girls with Grace Garner taking the sprint. 4th place meant Ellie now had 11 points and was in contention for bronze position. Henrietta & Rebecca Morley finished 17th & 20th overall in the Sprint.
By far the longest race of the day for the girls was the 7500m scratch race, the pace was mixed with Dickinson on the front the bunch stayed together apart from a few attacks, with 3 laps to go lulu Barlett attacked and for a split second it looked like the Scottish girl might keep the bunch at bay but last year’s winner was having not of it and turned on the style to bring the race back together and then went on the attack with a lap to go to take victory, Dickinson was now boxed in and finding herself at the back of the bunch and the possibility of bronze slipping away she managed to navigate her way around the bunch and sprint to 5th place meanwhile Henrietta came into the final corner in the bunch only to puncture which in turn threw along the home straight and onto the cote d azur with some encouragement from her team of helpers she ran the remaining metre with her bike and finished the race to her credit there was still a rider behind, Rebecca Morley finished safely in the bunch after a well ridden race and finished 17th.
The final event finally arrived at 6.30pm what a long day the girls had to find some energy from somewhere to protect their overall positions it was Dickinson who was in equal 4th with Lucy Shaw from Solihull so the 500m time trial would decide 4th place so it was going to be a nail biting finish for riders and parents. Henrietta was first up recording a 45.731 seconds beating her opponent by 2 seconds. Rebecca Morley was next and she got off to a flyer her start was amazing something that definitely help her next year she came in with a 44.327 which gave her 20th place in the time trial. Lucy Shaw set a time of 41,187 seconds could Dickinson beat it, Ellie Dickinson was in the penultimate heat against Welsh girl Emily Haycox who was sat in 3rd overall. They started evenly but the power of the welsh sprinter showed through beating Dickinson by 3 hundreds of a second, Ellie secured 4th place overall with a 41.103 just pipping Shaw to 4th place.
A great day but exhausting day came to a close at 7pm not for riders but parents & family who were present, I’m sure after a hard winters training these girls will be back next to improve on their positions and all three girls will remain in the under 14 catergory
Under 14 Girls
GOLD Grace Garner Leicestershire RC 5
SILVER Megan Barker Maindy Flyers CC 8
BRONZE Emily Haycox Maindy Flyers CC 15
4. Eleanor Dickinson Beacon Wheelers 23
5. Lucy Shaw Solihull CC 24
6. Sophie Capewell Lichfield City CC 30
7. Abigail Dentus Palmer Park Velo 30
8. Victoria Kinrade Royal London 360 Isle of Man 32
9. Paige Milward Lyme RC 35
10. Lulu Bartlett Edinburgh RC 46
11. Lucy Harper Welwyn Wheelers 46
12. Emily Capewell Lichfield City CC 49
13. Amy Smith VC Jubilee 58
14. Megan Lewis Palmer Park Velo 60
15. Martha Gill Bolton Hot Wheelers 62
16. Jessie Ansell Wolverhampton Wheelers 64
17. Harmonie Waterman Kirkless CA 67
18. Bethany Taylor Newport Youth Velo 71
19. Bethan Manley Newport Youth Velo 76
20. Sallie Birchall Lyme RC 77
21. Abigail Van Twisk VC Londres 79
22. Rebecca Morley Border City Wheelers CC 82
23. Henrietta Colborne Beacon Wheelers 85
24. Megan Chard Newport Youth Velo 95
25. Eleanor Holden VC Londres 97