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Onwards and Upwards for Planet X's Jake Scott

Sunday 24th July saw Jake taking part in the National Road Championships at Bradford’s Lister Park, a lovely Victorian city centre park in the heart of Bradford, organised and sponsored by Triton Construction.

The distance was 22 laps of the 1.85 km course. The event attracted riders from across the country with a capacity starting line-up of 100 Under 16 riders.

The sun god played his part and the weather was glorious, however this along with the gruelling Lister Park Hill saw many riders lapped leaving only 25 in contention from the original number of starters.

The attacks that were made off the front were not sustained but with about 15 laps remaining a 5 man group broke and kept away all playing a cat and mouse game wondering who was going to show their hand first.

With 2 laps to go there was another split which was to decide the final result. This saw the 3 riders selected for the youth Olympics take the podium places - 1st Chris Lawless, 2nd Tao Geoghan Hart, 3rd Jake Scott - an excellent ride by all.

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The Europeans

Literally 30 minutes after being presented with their trophies, the boys were on their way to Heathrow to catch a flight to Turkey where they joined the other 43 competing European countries and the rest of Team GB who had travelled out the previous day.

After only one day to acclimatise the lads competed in the Time Trial with Tao missing out on the Bronze Medal taking a 4th place overall.

After several days of cycling various disciplines Jake's best result of the week was 6th in the 35 km criterium final, despite crashing his Guru on the slippery roads caused by the excessive heat and getting back on to finish the highest placed British rider - a massive achievement as the top 6 were all given the same time.

The boys then returned to Heathrow on the Saturday. Jake literally dropped his bag of dirty clothes and sponged a lift to Assen in Holland to take part in the week’s road racing.

He finished a superb 2nd in the competition for the green points jersey, and 10th in GC out of 134 riders, however if he had been a bit more alert during the event it could have been his for the taking - but who can tell that to a 16 year old?

All in all a very good few weeks, a bit more pocket money in the piggy bank even though it was in Euros! Now looking forward to a leg rub and a rest.

30 August 2011


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