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Junior Road Race National Championships
The weekend saw podium visits for junior rider, Alfie Moses and his elder brother Tom Moses.
On Saturday, sixteen-year-old junior, Alfie Moses, took third in the Junior Men’s National Road Race Championship. The younger brother of JLT Condor’s Tom Moses, is riding for the HMT Academy supported by JLT Condor.
The tough climbs and near gale force winds took their toll on the 100 starters from the first lap and as they began the first gruelling, exposed climb, two riders were clear. Nathan Draper and Robert Scott earned a forty second advantage. The second lap saw the decisive move of the race led by HMT Academy trio Stuart Balfour, Alex Braybrooke and Alfie Moses.
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Nearing the 76 kilometer mark Draper, Scott and Moses saw danger in the closing peloton and decided to attack to keep their advantage. Draper was the first to begin his sprint in the grounds of Ampleforth Abbey, gaining a tiny lead that was enough to seal the gold from Robert Scott and HMT Academy’s Alfie Moses took the bronze.
The Alfie Moses is in his first year as a junior rider recently returned from the Junior Tour of the Basque country where he wore the young riders jersey and supported his team leader, Alex Braybrooke who finished 2nd overall in the race.
1 Nathan Draper – RST Racing Team
2 Robert Scott
3 Alfie Moses – HMT Academy presented by JLT Condor
4 Alexander Braybrooke – HMT Academy presented by JLT Condor
5 Tom England
6 Stuart Balfour – HMT Academy presented by JLT Condor
7 Jack Mattock – Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films
8 Owen Dudley- Manx Viking Whls CC 02:03
9 Karl Baillie – HMT Academy presented by JLT Condor
Elite Road Race Series
Sunday saw the Tom Moses brother in action in the 150 kilometre, British Cycling Elite Series Road Race.
119 riders lined up at the start of the race at Ampleforth Abbey. JLT-Condor p/b Mavic fielded a younger squad with absence of recently injured Richard Handley and Krisitan House and Ed Clancy, MBE both away on training camps. Taking place on the same tough North York Moors terrain as Saturday’s junior road race there was action from the gun. Steele Von Hoff (NFTO), Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling), Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis), Sam Lowe (Raleigh GAC), Steven Lawley (Neon-Velo) and Christopher Lawless (Team Wiggins) formed an early leading group. The six riders worked well together, building a lead of 46 seconds and reaching speeds of 50mph on the descents.
The Men in Black who hadn’t featured in the break were keen to keep a close eye on the leaders. JLT Condor’s pace making brought the group under control. Once back together, and with 50 kilometre to go, the race exploded into action, first with a 12-man break gaining a 23 second lead before being caught to form a group of 35 riders which featured Tom Moses (JLT Condor).
As the race reached its conclusion and a handful of kilometres to go, six riders broke free gaining 39 seconds. Ian Bibby of NFTO was first to attack the group but he was soon reeled in and then Moses pulled away with 3km remaining but experienced Ian Bibby saw the danger and caught him on the line to win.
Team Manager, John Herety was pleased with the performances of the under 23’s in the race “Yes, we didn’t feature initially in the break, Mike Cuming was the team leader today and decided the composition of the group away wasn’t the move of the day so organised the team to keep the break in sight and in control. It shows the team were thinking and were quick to rectify the situation and that learning has come from lots of hard work in races this year, it is key to young rider development.”
“Tom was riding really well. He’s also had an illness in the spring, he has begun working with coach, Tim Kennaugh and the results are coming through. He did well to see the opportunity to attack. Ian Bibby has had a good season and is an experienced rider, he saw the danger in Tom’s attack, it is a shame Tom’s aggressive riding couldn’t be rewarded, this time.”
1 Ian Bibby NFTO 03:50:49
2 Thomas Moses JLT Condor presented by Mavic
3 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling