Heanor based James Shaw riding for Forme Bikes UK took an impressive victory in the latest round of the National Circuit Race Championship. Ex Heanor Clarion rider Shaw powered away to take a solo victory in the U16 race at the Scarborough Festival of Cycling. The first truly hilly race in this year’s series gave the advantage back to the climbers. Shaw attacked as soon as the race hit the hills and soon established a lead over the chasing peloton. As the pressure was piled on the peloton began to splinter the pack and Shaw finally came home nearly half a minute ahead of the chasing group.
From BC website (full article):
The 2.4 mile motor racing circuit with a series of hilly hair-pins at Oliver’s Mount promised to give the young hill climbers a chance to break free from the sprinters who dominated the Blackpool round. The Youth Circuit races were part of the Scarborough Festival of Cycling which had enjoyed pleasant summer weather and big crowds over the weekend.
James Shaw (Forme Bikes) was the solo winner of the under 16 boys race. The 16 year old student from Heanor, Derbyshire rode clear of the bunch with two laps to go and kept his cool to claim a fine win.
The race had started with Harrison Fielding (Poole Wheelers) riding off the front of the bunch for four laps before being joined by Jacob Kelly (Lichfield), Louis Modell (East London Velo), Levi Moody (Pedalsport) and Leon Gledhill (Planet X). This small group extended the gap to 30 seconds before the climb began to take it’s toll on the riders and they were reeled back in.
Velocity rider Fabio Close was the next rider to chance his luck and moved clear through the wooded section and climb up to the finish. Close was brought back by the bunch and immediately James Shaw launched his race winning move. Speaking after the race the Ashfield Academy student told British Cycling, “Circuit racing is a fine art, but this was more like a road race, this circuit gave me something to get my teeth into. That hill was just perfect for me, it gave me the chance to get away and I worked hard to keep that gap.”
National Champion Gabriel Cullaigh (RST Racing) brought home the rest of the field to win the bunch sprint from Ben Chapman.