MANILLA CYCLING were once again in action this weekend, both the youth team taking part in Round 2 of the North East Youth League, this time hosted by Cleveland Wheeler’s at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit, while the senior team headed to Northumberland for the testing Sloan Trophy Road Race.

SIX riders put themselves to the test in the second of the series, all showing fantastic determination and skill, working as a team to bring home some fantastic results.

The first race of the day found Matthew and Charlie compete in the under 8 category. Both riders had a strong performance, with Matthew battling it throughout the race but pipped at the post to take a strong second place, meanwhile Charlie held on to the finish, just missing out on a medal. Both riders are constantly showing improvement at each event – keep it up!

Next to take to the track was Sophia, Jake and Daisy, representing the Under 10 race. Jake put in a massive effort working in a group of three to take fourth place. Sophia worked really well with another two girls fighting right up to the line to take a very well deserved second place. Daisy also held on showing her fight to take an impressive fourth place.

Last to race in the Youth race was Talia (aka ‘Tink’). This only being the second event Tink has completed since joining the team, allowed her to show how much she is progressing, with a fantastic attitude to racing.

Well done to al the riders, and of course Keith Guest, who once again provided a well-run safe event as Commisaire

Youth Rider Lewis Dolan has been away in Glasgow having a very successful two-days at the Glasgow national Qualifiers. Putting on an aggressive performance throughout secured Lewis with top first year for the U16s and 8th overall in the field.

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Further north of the region, the Senior team were in action at the Sloan 2/3/4 Road race in Northumberland. Team Boss Adam Brooks, along with Josh Guest and Russ Wright.

Josh has recently returned from racing the Tour of the North held in Northern Ireland, and put in a strong performance for what proved to be a tough race.

Adam looked comfortable throughout in the main group, but a puncture scare after a pothole meant he was unable to rejoin the pack. Russ was also unlucky this time, dropping with Adam. Today provided a strong fast-flowing field of riders, but our riders all have come away with positives, confident ahead of the next race. Feeling strong, Adam is looking forward to his next race, showing a strong constant this season.

Thanks to Mark Best and Darren Moore Photography for some great images!
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