Young cyclist Luke takes another win

South Elmsall Cycling Club.
South Elmsall Cycling Club.

Upton Cycling Club hotshot Luke Riley bagged another win last Wednesday with a victory at Forge Valley Community School.

Riley produced a perfect tactical race to dominate his rivals throughout and burst home by two lengths.

The win was his ninth of the White Rose Youth League this season, and cements his position as one of the regions top young cyclists.

The youngster made a fast start to the race, clearly intending to tire out his race rivals early on, before dropping back to retain his stamina.

He then timed his finish to perfection, coming forward from the wheels of the leader before storming clear in the final straight.

The win was Riley’s second straight victory at Forge Valley, and sees him bag the maximum three points once again in what has been a brilliant season.

Elsewhere, Upton riders Paul Appleton and Peter Stirk took part in an eight-mile time trial on Monday evening.

The duo made light work of the course, Appleton finishing in 19mins 1sec, while Stirk came home shortly after in 20mins 47secs.

Days later, Appleton competed in a ten-mile time trial, starting at Hemsworth, along with clubmates Mathew Dams and James Cox.

Appleton completed the course in 25mins 27secs, while Dams finished in 29mins 21secs and Cox recorded a time of 32mins 54secs.

Stirk also took on a ten-mile course in Hull on Wednesday, completing the route in a time of 24mins 22secs.

On Saturday, club members took part in a 50-mile ride around Wentbridge, Knottingley, Snaith Barnby Dunn & Sykehouse, while the Sunday route saw members ride to the Squires motorcycle cafe at Newthorpe returning via Ledsham & Castleford.

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Elsewhere, Richard Watson has had another busy week racing for South Elmsall Social Cycling Club.

On Monday, Watson competed in the Pollington time trial league, finishing in a time of 24mins 20secs,before completing the Barnsley RC 10 miles race on Wednesday night in 31min 20secs.

John Martin travelled to Newmarket on Saturday to compete in the East Anglia VTTA 25 miles open TT, continuing his recent good form with a new personal best time of 54mins 25secs.

Martin then racked up the miles on Sunday with a steady 85-mile ride to Allerthorpe.