The cream of young time trial cyclists from across the country converged on Hampshire on Saturday to compete in the National Youth Championships, with Kalas champions jerseys secured by several age category winners.
Overall fastest was Joshua Tarling (Team Backstedt Bike Performance) with 20-34 for the 10-mile course near Fareham, while the fastest girl was juvenile Isabel Sharp (Drag2zero) in 24-03.
The event was jointly promoted by a3crg and VC St Raphael. It was a dry and sunny day, although a bit breezy, and a tough hill on the way up to the turn proved a bit of a shock for many of the riders.
Tarling’s time was 17 seconds better than his nearest rival over the P829a course, with Jacob Bush (Bourne Wheelers) clocking 20-51 and leading Bourne Wheelers to the team prize alongside Alex and Dan Galpin who were fifth and ninth respectively. Third fastest boy was Bournemouth Cycleworks’ Jamie Whitcher with 21-23.
Sharp clocked 24-03 to finish as fastest girl by 28 seconds from Flora Perkins (VC de Londres), with Carys Lloyd (VC de Londres) third in 25-17.
Both fastest boys and girls times set new course records, with Tarling’s time breaking Gary Chambers’ previous mark for the course of 20-49, while Angela Carpenter’s old record of 24-25 was beaten by Sharp.
Split into age categories, Tarling and Perkins were the 16-year-old winners, with Bush and Sharp being fastest 15-year-olds in the boys and girls categories respectively.
Alex Beldon (Team Bottrill) clocked 21-35 to finish as top 14-year-old, while the corresponding fastest 14-year-old girl was Holly Ramsey (Poole Wheelers) in 25-32.
Finlay Tarling (WORX Factory Racing) clocked 22-34 to finish as top 13-year-old boy, while Carys Lloyd (VC de Londres) was top 13-year-old girl.
And the 12-year-old category was won by Carys Blowers (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) in 27-14, with the top 12-year-old boy being Finn O’Brien (Lee Valley Youth CC) in 25-29.
Starting to the east of Wickham, the course took riders along the B2177 Southwick Road past North Boarhunt and round Southwick, before turning on the outskirts of Portsmouth and heading back.
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