King's Lynn-based club perform well at Milton Country Park
Milton Country Park provided a challenging course as youngsters from Velouse Flyers returned to action at the weekend.
Members of the King’s Lynn-based club travelled to a testing course, which was made even more difficult by the wet weather.
By the time the under-8s race started the course was already slippery, which didn’t deter the young riders.
Velouse Flyers had four representatives in this age group, putting them on an equal footing with hosts, Cambridge Juniors.
Each race ran by the same format, a sighting lap, a single lap ‘sprint’ race and then a multi lap endurance race, with the winner being decided based on a riders performance over two races.
Kacper Gabka was first home for the Flyers, closely followed by Frank Kulazinski, with Rory Fendick on his wheel and Luean Morgan only seconds behind.
A strong performance by the quartet of talented young riders showed that the coaching they receive from the Monday nights junior sessions at West Lynn Sports and Social Club had paid off.
Gabka was declared the overall winner, having finished third in the sprint and second in the endurance race, while Kulazinski, Fendick and Morgan finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
In the under-10s race the Flyers were represented by Beatrix Middleton.
In a very slippery first race Middleton struggled, getting caught behind several crashes before crashing herself, which caused her to drop her chain, and she ran to the finish.
In the endurance race on a now puddle-laden course, she chose to run some parts as this proved quicker and ensured she took the win in her category.
As the rains fell harder ahead of the start, the under-12s and under-14s lined up for a race with plenty of spills.
In the sprint lap of the under-12s, Flyers’ Antoni Malyszka and Jan Jagodzinski took an impressive one-two, fending off Harvey Woodroffe from Ely and District Cycling Club.
In the endurance race, which was decided over seven laps, a great start saw Malyszka sitting in first place in his category, followed closely by Jagodzinski.
A crash on the tricky off-camber bank at the back of the course on the third lap saw Jagodzinski jump ahead of Malyszka, who broke a spoke in the crash.
A cool-headed Malyszka jumped back on to chase down the leaders. Jagodzinski took the victory in the endurance race and top spot overall while Malyszka finished third and second overall.