Youngsters show incredible skills in fast & furious racing

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Another busy week for Ythan CC riders culminated in the annual Ellon Town Centre Races taking placed last Sunday.

The racing was, as promised, fast and furious with the youngsters showing incredible skills to cope with difficult road conditions and deliver another fantastic hor d’oeuvre to the afternoons Pedal Car race.

The racing for Ythan had actually started several days earlier in Dundee where Daniel Kain broke the course record for youth riders when rode to a 24:30 at the Dundee Thistle 10 mile TT. Robbie Brown was the fastest Ythan rider with a 22:53 whilst Mike Giles had another good performance with a 23:37. Karolyn Brown and Carol Middleton rounded off the trip to Tayside with a 26:03 and a 26:34 but no one in the field got near the race winner as Torphin’s Jon Enwhistle joined an elite band of Scottish cyclist to break the 20 minute barrier as he flew to a 19:55.

Thursday night saw the Midmar Road Race, the penultimate round of the Grampian Evening Road Race Series and Ythan’s riders produced a team effort as Thomas Gelati finished 11th, Chris Main 22nd and Andy Scouller 38th as all secured a bunch finish with Andrew Leith not far behind the main bunch in 44th.

Back to Ellon and the youth racing once again delivered a fantastic morning of entertainment although the initial damp conditions made for some tricky racing for the initial age groups. The U12s race was equally competitive as Imani Pereira-James, a long time visitor to the Ellon races, took the overall win and secured first girl. Second overall and first boy was Finn McHenry followed by Alfie Atterton. Second and third places in the girls race were taken by Morven Yeoman and Isla Long.

The main event of the morning was the U16/U14 race and as always this was the fastest race of the day as Jonathon Hilbourne soloed to the victory ahead of his initial breakaway partner Jamie Penny. Former Ythan rider Callum Cooper was active throughout the race and he again showed talent beyond his U14 years as he took third overall in the combined race and first U14. Fraser McDougall was the next U16 rider to finish and took third overall in the U16 category. In the U14 boys Kyle McInnes was runner up to Cooper with Ythan’s Fraser Gault continuing his progression in his first year as an U14 by taking third.