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My Isle of Man Youth Tour 2013

22
Jul

I’ve not long got back from a great weekend of racing in the Isle of Man. It was a 3 day stage race, which started with a prologue along the promenade. I was having quite a lot of trouble with the bottom corner… Just couldn’t seem to get it right! It was frustrating me a lot as I knew I needed to get it right. Eventually I got it ok, luckily.

jess2Thankfully, it all went well and I managed to beat 2nd place by 5 seconds with a time of 1:57, which I was really happy with. I also managed to beat a few u16 riders and that made me even happier.

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Stage 2 was a hilly road race, which I was actually quite looking forward to considering it was pretty hilly. My aim was to try and stay with the u16’s as long as I could. The race split up pretty quickly as a few people tried to attack off the front. A group of three got away on the second lap which I couldn’t quite get with. But I got with two other u16’s who I stayed with for the rest of the race. I felt pretty good throughout the race and managed to beat second place by 2 minutes. I also placed 6th in the u16’s which I was over the moon with! Megan Barker, who lives in Wales near me and am close friends with won her race as well, so was very happy for her as she then got the leader’s jersey.

Last day, I had a 2 minute lead on second place so was in quite a good place. I just needed to finish in the bunch. This race was along the promenade as well, which had a strong wind down one side. The group stayed together through the whole race with only a few dropping off. It was 8 laps which seemed to go pretty quickly. It came down to a sprint finish and I managed to beat second by three seconds. I placed 4th in u16 group. That meant I had won the overall and to top it off I had also won the points classification, I was so happy.

It was a really good tour, very well organised and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Jess

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Since this blog, Jess has gone on to become the National Crit’ Champion, and is soon off to Assen. The next blogs won’t be far away.