Youth 2009 & 2010

Kings Cliffe Flyer Keira McVitty was celebrating a fabulous cycling weekend this week – perhaps her best ever on the bike. Since she recently grabbed an age group gold medal, and overall silver in the GHS National Ten-Mile Time Trial Championship, it would take a really special couple of days to eclipse that achievement. Her weekend started late on Friday night when good news arrived via email, but more of that later.

Saturday saw Keira compete in the Kettering CC cyclo-cross at Weekley Glebe. Keira, who recently turned 15, raced in the boys and girls Under 16s category, where she gave a spellbinding display of grace and grit. Showing self-assurance that belied her age, she bided her time around the difficult off-road course, before unleashing a devastating surge just before the bell to distance the rest of the field and win alone, more than thirty seconds ahead of the next best finisher.

Sunday brought a trip down to Abergavenny in South Wales to compete in the first round of the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross series, a competition that attracts the top talent from across Great Britain. Here Keira again showed her class. She recovered from a slow start to scythe her way through the field, on one of the most physically and technically demanding courses British Cycling could find, to finally finish in a fabulous fifth place.

And the good news that came on Friday night? Notification that Keira had been selected for the British Cycling Olympic Talent Team – the first rung on the ladder to a possible international cycling career. All in all a pretty good 48 hours!

This highly prestigious event for youth riders has been won in the past by notable cyclists such as Olympic stars Chris Boardman, Steve Cummings & Nicole Cooke. So, having previously qualified through Regional Championships Kristian Woolf (15yrs), Joshua Gull(16yrs), Keira McVitty(14yrs), Charles Smith (16yrs) & Campbell Pollock (12yrs) all headed off to Slimbridge at the weekend to compete in the GHS  National Championship Final. Without doubt the best perfomance of the day came from Keira McVitty who smashed her personal best time winning her age category in a time of 25 mins 45secs  a time just shy of team mate Joshua Gull who finished in 25mins 29secs. Kristian Woolf  once again showed his potential stepping ever closer to the top of the leader board by finishing 3rd in his age group and an amazing 8th place overall out of 130 starters. Charles Smith finished in 28mins 57secs &  Campbell Pollock in 31mins 8secs. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!

Keira McVitty formed part of British Cycling’s Eastern Regional youth team competing in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games last weekend held at Gateshead International Stadium. Cycling was one of the 10 sports represented at this prestigious event. Over 3 days the riders competed in 4 events; Individual time trial (10th), team time trial (8th), criterium (15th) and a road race (18th). 
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Keira McVitty & Kristian Woolf debut in the Youth National Track Championships held at the Newport velodrome this week. Following a win in his heat Kristian qualified for the Scratch race Final where he finished 16th. Again in the Point Race Kristian qualified for the Final. In the 2000m Individual Pursuit he recorded a time of 2:30.093 to place 20th overall.  Keira opened up her account with a 2:48.478 in the 2000m Individual Pursuit.  More news to come…soon.

TRACK RACING  – Friday 14th May
The club’s youth riders, Kristian Woolf and Keira McVitty (Kings Cliffe) and club coach Alison Lilley (Yarwell) have ventured further afield to race on the velodrome in Welwyn Garden City. The weekly track league attracts a huge number of riders keen to emulate the Olympic stars Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. The evening’s format enables riders to participate in 4 different types of races including sprint and endurance events. New to track racing Kristian is already a marked rider and started on scratch for the 500m handicap. Although he caught most of the field in this mad dash event there was no way that he would catch the longmarkers. Given all of the youth events are so short and Kristian’s dominance within them the Chief Commissaire granted him permission to race up with the seniors in the final 10 mile event which he duly completed

Flyers’ Youth Rider Wins against Seniors – 7 Apr-2010

Kings Cliffe Flyers’ Kristian Woolf showed the competition a clean pair of wheels on Wednesday night to win the Rockingham Forest Wheelers’ first club time trial of the season at Middleton near Corby. The talented 15 year old comfortably averaged over 26mph for the demanding 2.8 mile course to give himself a clear  winning margin over the rest of the field and putting a number of much more experienced riders in the shade.  Sprinting strongly on the uphill finishing straight he passed the timekeeper in 6:25 to record his first outright victory of the season. Keira McVitty (14) was also in action, showing the benefits of a season of cyclo-cross to card a 7:56 as the fastest lady rider, only a scant second behind John Dainty, who is a regular visitor to the Flyers’ club time trials.

Youth Debut in Cyclo-Cross event – 11 Oct 

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National Success for Youth Team

September 14, 2009 by kingscliffeflyers

 Four members of Kings Cliffe Flyers youth team qualified earlier this year for the National GHS 10 mile individual time trial championship which took place last weekend near Alcester, Warwickshire. Having reviewed the course the previous weekend Keira McVitty, Kristian Woolf & Harry James (Kings Cliffe) & Charles Smith (Nassington) were hoping to produce personal bests in this, their first National Championship event being contested by 170 riders.

Smashing his personal best time & averaging a speed of just under 25mph for the 10 miles Kristian Woolf led the team home in 24 mins 15 secs to place 2nd overall in his age group, Youth Boys 14yrs. Despite only just recovering from an injury sustained in July, Keira McVitty was able to match that performance placing 2nd overall in her age group too, Youth Girls 13yrs, recording 33 mins 8 secs. Other performers were Harry Jamess (15rs) 30 mins 42 secs & Charles Smith (15yrs) 31 mins 34 secs.  WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!

   imgp2337 Fun in Fineshade Forest – Easter 2009

In support of Kings Cliffe Flyers, British Cycling held 2 days of cycle coaching in Kings Cliffe over the Easter holidays. By providing all of the bikes and helmets twenty four young people were able to experience cycle sport through a variety of fun technique work, coach led mountain bike  and track style races and a ride into Fineshade Forest.  British Cycling will deliver two further sessions during May half-term in conjunction with the Flyers on  27 May (9-11yrs)  and 28 May (12-14yrs).