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Jake (Great) Scott wins on the Isle Of Man

Jake (Great) Scott wins on the Isle Of Man

The weekend 4-6th May saw Planet X Junior Jake Scott ride one of the toughest races of the season the Isle of Man Youth Tour, covering 3 stages totalling 195km of junior racing.

Stage 1 - Time Trial 1.29 kilometres which was held on Douglas promenade on Friday evening, saw Jake post a fast time of 1m 47s for the 1.29km distance but unfortunately ended up in 7th place by the end of the competition with only three seconds separating the top seven riders.

Stage 2 covered 11 laps of a circuit, which included the short but steep ascent of the Switchback - a total distance of 102km. There were a few short-lived breakaways in the first few laps, several riders attacked on the first lap and gained around 15 seconds before being reeled in. 

Jake did a large amount of work throughout the race in the peloton chasing down and attempting to pull the lead group back which probably cost him a podium place, due to the amount of energy he used he said “My legs were dead.” 

A determined chase by what remained of the peloton as the race headed over the top of the Switchback and down into Peel cut the deficit rapidly. As the race approached the bell at the top of the Switchback the breakaways had been caught and around 30 riders headed off on the last lap and Seb Baylis made his winning move at the bottom of the Switchback to claim a deserved stage win.

Stage 3 covered 92km and comprised six laps of a circuit on the East Coast of the Island taking in Ramsey, Bride and Andreas. Stage two winner Sebastian Baylis (Mid Devon CC) started the race in the yellow jersey with a 12 second advantage.

One rider launched the first significant attack and had built up a maximum lead of around two minutes, but he was caught by the peloton. With under three laps to go three riders jumped off the front and with the bunch already whittled down they were allowed to get away. 

As Jake came to the hill at bride he made a move over the top, with three more riders joining him just before the downhill section he wasn’t certain it was going to stick, but with the four riders fully committed they soon had a gap on the peloton.

All four riders worked hard and soon caught the three in front, seven riders now working together with two laps to go the break was looking good to stay away, Jake called the commissaries car up and asked for the time gap. 

2 minutes 30 seconds over the bunch it was clear the winner was coming from the leading group, now in to the last half lap, realising they had a bit of time to play with a couple of riders started to miss turns, but with Joe Moses firing an attack on to Ramsey prom left Jake chasing, then with 250 metres to go Jake jumped and opened up his sprint, and kept pushing to the line to take a superb win on Ramsey prom.

Read British Cycling's report.

Read more about the Planet X team and riders.

8 May 2012

Comments

  • kevin mullen

    Well done that boy!!!!