CYCLING: Success for Mick Ives’ young racers

MI Racing Academy before the start of The Tour of Flanders Sportif earlier this season

MI Racing Academy before the start of The Tour of Flanders Sportif earlier this season

Fantastic series of results for the ten young riders from around the region

The young riders of The MI Racing Academy have had a fantastic May and, halfway through June look to be improving on even those results.

Ready for a training ride

Ready for a training ride

Some 12 wins and 21 other top three placings propelled them into the limelight, rising to 24th in British Cycling’s national team rankings, ahead of professional teams like Team Wiggins and only bettered in this region by two professional teams, Team Raleigh and Metaltek-Kuota.

In the individual rankings, Josh Giddings was a long-time leader in the national U14 rankings, supported by Ed Woodward, comfortably in the top 10. And in the U16 national rankings, George Evans was placed 9th.

The start of June saw The MI Racing Academy make its first event promotion, the regional youth circuit race championships.

Over 110 of the region’s best riders took part with the promoting club’s riders winning medals in every event they participated in; one gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Very smart... the MI Racing Academy team

Very smart... the MI Racing Academy team

And then last weekend riders were participating in the British Schools Cycling Association Championships, taking the top three places in the regional qualifying round and a further four medals including two golds.

Each Tuesday night sees the team in action at the Mallory Park Road Race League. After ten rounds the team has an enviable record; having worn the leader’s jersey in all categories they are competing in, 16 individual wins and seven riders in the top five in their respective leagues.

Such consistency sees them reach the halfway point of the league with a commanding 50 point lead in the Jewson Team League.

Looking forward, a number of the riders will be riding the national championships in July before travelling to Holland to compete in the Assen Youth Tour in early August before starting their buildup to the cyclo-cross season.

Josh Giddings on his was to a brilliant solo victory in the U14s regional circuit race championships

Josh Giddings on his was to a brilliant solo victory in the U14s regional circuit race championships