Teenage duo set to switch focus

Tilly Gurney
Tilly Gurney
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A long 2014 season has seen Spalding Cycling Club members in the thick of the action with consistent strong performances, especially for the younger members, in national, regional and county events.

Representing their sponsored team Sherwood Pines SRAM RT, second claim members Matt Ellis and Jake Norton both completed the season-long six-round National Cyclo Cross Series.

Jake finished in fifth place in the under-14s while Matt, in his first season in the age group, was 16th overall in the under-16.

The final races of their season were at the National Cyclo Cross Championships in Abergavenny.

The under-16s event is always fast especially in the muddy but good conditions on the day so Matt had a hard race in working his way through the field, eventually 
finishing in 14th place – a fine result which helped his team-mates to a gold medal winning ride in the under-16 team event.

In the under-14s race Jake got away to a good start but a crash and tangle with the course marker tapes on a corner lost him places. Nevertheless he fought his way back to finish eighth.

The focus for both now switches to the national road and mountain bike series events which will help the team prepare for the 2015-2016 season cyclo cross racing plans which may include events in Belgium and Holland.

In between the National Series events Jake and Matt were also active in the Lincs League.

For the second year running the Under-14s League was won by Jake resulting in second overall in the Lincs Youth Championship while in the Under-16s League Matt was fifth overall.

Elsewhere, and not content with fourth girl and 12th place overall in the Lincs Youth Cyclo Cross Championships, Tilly Gurney’s 2014 equally successful season ended on a high by winning the prize for First Lady in the Manchester Velodrome’s Regional Track League (First Division) and finishing 27th overall.

Tilly’s results in 2014 have helped gain her a place for 2015 on the Shutt Squadra Donna Team where she will take part in road races as well as continuing her track career.