Cycling: Jolliffe secures national crown

IN ACTION: Weymouth-based Alex Jolliffe

IN ACTION: Weymouth-based Alex Jolliffe

First published in Sport

ALEX Jolliffe (Team Terminator) saved the best until last at the Youth & Junior Track Championships, winning the under-16 500m time trial to claim his first national title.

The talented Weymouth-based rider clocked 34.502secs for his two-lap test at the Manchester Velodrome to take the title ahead of Jack Plumley (Welwyn Wheel-ers), 34.64, and team-mate, Frank Longstaff, 34.758secs.

Jolliffe also picked up a bronze medal in the sprint on the opening day of the championships and was placed sixth in the 2km individual pursuit.

In the under-16 girls’ competition, Rebecca Raybould (Poole Wheelers) grabbed a bronze medal in the sprint.

Raybould picked up another bronze in the 40-lap scratch race after chasing across to the break on the last lap.

The Wey Valley student missed out on a third medal, finishing fourth in the pursuit but with fifth place in the points race and fifth in the time trial it was a great week for the 15-year-old.

Also in action at the National Cycling Centre were Poole Wheelers, Eve Jefferies and Alistair Fielding.

Jefferies finished fifth in the sprint, 22nd in the scratch race, 17th in the pursuit and 11th in the 500m time trial, while Fielding was placed fifth in the sprint on the final day Raybould and Jefferies rode the under-16 girls’ time trial, Raybould finishing just outside the medals in fifth with 38.574secs while Jefferies finished 11th with 40.234.

After five hectic days of racing in Manchester, all four youngsters headed down to London to represent the South Region at the Prudential Ride London GP.

The 1.3 mile course around St James Park in the capital was lined with spectators and it was Jolliffe again who impressed taking second in the sprint finish behind Ethan Hayter (London). Fielding finished 33rd.

In the girls’ event Jefferies placed 26th, ahead of Raybould in 29th place.

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