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June 8, 2017
Welcome to our little update, about all things Innovation Trek racing.
Since we last spoke, we've had lots of really good results, plenty of podium places and a sprinkling of top spots too. The races have switched focus from the early season Velodrome track leagues to road races, time trials and town centre circuit races, keeping the lads focused and hungry has not been difficult, they just want more and more.
Under the tutelage of Jody at Neo Pro, the riders have gone from strength to strength. We are seeing constant gains, week on week. Times are getting faster for the time trials and places are being swapped for podium positions in circuit races. Our youngest rider, Harry, only started racing this season and is enjoying every minute of it, settling in to the pack and starting to learn his craft, placing an incredible 7th in his first ever race, the Tameside Race League (supported by Rapha) at Ashton-under-Lyne. Week on week, Harry has improved moving up the places, securing a second place last week. To coin a phrase, the futures bright for Harry.
The rest of the riders have had equally good results at such events as Litherland Circuit League, Liverpool, where George seems to be the eternal bridesmaid at the moment, finishing second on each of his races so far, I feel it's only a matter of time before he makes the leap to the top spot. Our Midlands contingent of Alex and Louis have not been letting the grass grow under their proverbial feet, they have been ripping up the track at Newcastle outdoor track league and chasing down breakaway riders at Darley Moor Circuit League and Stourport criterium races. All this on top of studying for GCSE exams, the commitment is astonishing. Jack, our only Junior rider is also busying himself this month with revising for GCSE's, but this has not stopped him from producing a personal best for a 10 mile time trial, posting a very fast 23 minutes 18 seconds at an average speed of 25.75mph, va va voom! Jack is not the only rider hitting personal bests, Joel competed at the West Cheshire 10 mile time trial event, organised by Liverpool Pheonix. It's fast course, with Joel putting the hammer down from the gun, his official time being 24 minutes 3 seconds, with a personally recorded time just under the 24 minutes, pushing Joel under the 24 minute barrier for the first time, bravo! Last, but certainly not least is Brandon, who has been mainly been racing at the Tameside circuit, competing in the Race League (supported by Rapha) and National Youth circuit championships. The theme for Brandon is progress, with each and every passing race Brandon is improving, only last week he made the breakaway group of 2 riders, with ease, taking turns and stretching out the lead, only to be cruelly robbed by a puncture with a few laps to go. Not deterred by this misadventure, Brandon knuckled down at the nrxt race and again made a strong showing, resulting in a podium place, chapeau!
To round off the month we took part in the Shrewsbury Circuit race. A town centre race on closed roads, with television coverage, live streaming the event on line. This was a huge event and big step up for us, but although we had a few mishaps, as is the norm on town centre races, everyone finished with a beaming smile on their faces, immediately asking when we can do another. It was without a doubt a huge hit.
As you can see, we've been a bit busy with racing this month, and without your support, none of this would be possible, we all are eternally grateful to each and every one of you, thank you,