With 22 wins, 17 second and five third places already this season, East Bradford Cycling Club’s youth members look like they will exceed last year’s 176 podium places.
Under-14 national cyclo-cross champion Euan Cameron won the first of the season’s Bitish Cycling National Youth Series road races on the Hetton Lyons circuit in Middlesborough with an impressive uphill sprint.
The previous day, proudly wearing his 2013 British Schools Best All-Rounder champion’s jersey, he headed a dominant East Bradford performance in the regional British Schools Roller Racing championship at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, winning the under-15s event.
Arran Brayshaw and James Coates rounded off the podium.
Nathan Page, Paul Wadsworth and Jack Ackroyd did the same in the under-11 boys.
Other first places included Jack’s under-nine brother Finlay Ackroyd, Harry Fox (under-sevens), Freya Brearley (under-nines girls), James Wadsworth (under-13s) and Joe Parker (over-15s).
Silver medals were won by Laura Asquith (under-sevens), Emily Bradley (under-11s) and Paul Asquith (under-13s).
The club, meanwhile, have have been awarded British Cycling’s 2013 National Go-Ride Club of the Year Award for their all-round service to cycling.
The citation included their family friendly policy, with family rides and Youth Hostel weekends, evening road training sessions at the Richard Dunn Centre circuit throughout the winter, their winter-long roller training evenings at the Hepworth & Idle Cricket club HQ and the beginner-friendly women and girls summer-long Thursday evening sessions, again at the Richard Dunn Centre track.
The club also teach about 50 children a year to ride without stabilisers.
The club also organises many events throughout the year, including cyclo-cross, road and mountain-bike races, not to mention club senior coach, Mandy Parker, being responsible for organising the Vertex West Riding Grass Track League at Roundhay Park, while fellow coach Joanne Ward is a Breeze women’s ride leader and Helen Simpson is a qualified Bikeability road safety trainer.
Club coach and publicity offier Mike Healey said, somewhat ruefully: “It was a lot easier keeping track of things when we only had a dozen kids coming, but now, with anything up to 60-plus youngsters coming on a Saturday to learn new skills and dip their toes in the world of bike racing, record-keeping is almost a full-time job – but I wouldn't miss it for anything.”