Cyclist from Mid Devon travelled to Cyclopark Kent for the fifth round of the National Trophy, following a busy period of races over the past eight weeks. This included participation in the regional championships and our own Trophy round 4. The riders were in excellent form and prepared for a challenging and demanding course. Unfortunately, we had a few experienced riders who were unable to join us due to illness and injury.
Despite not being in his optimal conditions, Matt Holmes, an under 14 rider, displayed remarkable strength in another race. He persevered and steadily gained positions with each lap, showcasing an impressive performance to conclude his Trophy season. It is worth noting that he had participated in all five rounds, covering hundreds of miles.
Bayley Woodger, an under 16 rider, had missed most of the season due to injury but managed to compete in one rounds prior to this weekend. Throughout this event, he demonstrated a significant improvement in his starting position and gradually climbed up the rankings. His fitness was clearly returning, and he showcased increasing strength in every race.
Lauren Fox, in her first year as an under 14 rider, delivered her best performance of the series. Starting strongly, she took the lead into the first corner and engaged in a thrilling battle for podium positions throughout the race. At one point, she even managed to secure a small lead before encountering a minor setback. In the final stages, the top four riders were closely grouped, and with two laps remaining, Lauren found herself in third place. Determined to maintain her position and fend off the rider in fourth place, both of them dismounted and ran to navigate the last banked corner. Lauren quickly remounted her bike and won the sprint, securing an impressive third-place finish. This served as a fantastic conclusion to her National Trophy season.