This weekend saw club Junior Ana Gill take part in British Cycling’s Para Cycling National Road Circuit Race Championships* in Birkenhead Park with her partially sighted stoker Lydia Hayden aged 12.
Sunday started early with the car rammed with tandem, bike, rollers, spare wheels, tools, etc and we headed of to Birkenhead … via the Eureka Cafe (worth a visit if you’re ever in the area … fab, proper old skool!).
The day really heated up with temperatures at about 26 degrees when the riders took to the line … with over an hour of racing ahead of them the nerves were jangling a little!
The race between Lydia/Ana and Lydia’s twin sister Alice with her pilot Emily Thoday (of Matlock CC) went down the the last 20 metres with Lydia and Ana just winning out, though unfortunately finishing just outside the medal positions in 4th!
Race winners Sophie Thornhill with her pilot Jess Atkinson absolutely stole the race romping away from both boys and girls!
* This event was open to Categories B, C, H, T which means that there are riders on tandems, hand cycles and solo cycles involved.