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Jake Scott steps up to Juniors at Tour Of The Mendips

Jake Scott steps up to Juniors at Tour Of The Mendips

The Junior Tour of the Mendips took place in Bristol over two days on the weekend of April 14-15th.

Saturday's Stage 1 consisted of 104km of the Chew Valley Lake circuit.

Stage 2 was slightly shorter at 96.5kms with four King Of The Mountain climbs incorporated which brought the maximum elevation to 932 metres.

The first attack on a cold, damp day at Chew Valley Lake was made by Jack Plummer of Cadence Cannondale. The first time the race hit Stoke Hill at pace Jack had a 45 second gap over two chasing riders – Planet X's Jake Scott and Jacob Regan of Maxgear. Just 40 seconds behind Jake and Jacob lay the Peleton.

Plummer held his lead on the next lap, squeezing out another two or three seconds, but a chase-down was getting organised and a group of eight were in pursuit – with Jake Scott among them.

Unfortunately with two laps to go Jake was brought down by another rider who caused him to crash onto the grass verge. Jake suffered only minor injury, a broken helmet and a scratched bike.

After composing himself Jake had to fight hard to get back on, eventually finishing middle of the bunch. Jake was 4th in the points. Sebastian Bayliss emerged as the winner in a time of 02:39:10.

Jake was disappointed he didn’t place higher, however he said he felt strong and was in a good position for most of the race prior to the crash. But that’s racing.

Stage 2 of the Junior Tour of the Mendips was the tougher of the two stages. Three categorised climbs with the long haul up Burrington Combe, Blagdon and the short, sharp shock of Harptree Hill, which the riders had the pleasure of riding twice within half an hour.

Jake, who was still nursing a leg and neck injury from the previous day, rode what could be described as a conservative race. Saving his energy to ensure that he could make the gruelling climbs. He eventually finishing 20th on that Stage and 20th overall for the weekend. In doing so he gained a well-earned National Ranking Point.

The overall winner of the Junior Tour of the Mendips was Alex Peters of Mosquito Bikes with a combined time of 05:14:17.

Follow Jake on Twitter @jakerscott14

18 April 2012

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