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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summit Young Riders Conquer the Southern XC Championships

Riders of all age groups and categories converged on the superb Porridgepot Hill course, near Deepcut in Surrey at the weekend for the British Cycling Southern XC Mountain Biking Championships.

The day’s racing started with the Under 11s, who completed 4 mini-laps of the still-technical and very fast, dry course. Emily Hutt(unattached) won the U11 Girls race, leading home Summit All*Stars Team Rider Lucy Allsop who finished in 2nd place ahead of Polly Virgoe (unattached). Lucy, who was the U9 Southern Regional Champion in 2013 and was still eligible for that category, rode a fantastic race, ‘riding up’ a category, wanting to test herself amongst the older girls. 

 They were followed off the line by the U13 boys and girls, who completed one lap of the technically challenging and arduous main course. Here, Summit’s Charles Rollins rode a great race into 9th position. His top-ten place especially pleasing as he was riding a borrowed bike due to mechanical problems the night before the race.

The hotly-contested U9s category saw Ben Donald (8) complete two mini-laps to finish just outside of the podium places in fourth, with his brother Peter (aged just five) riding well into 13th position. Lucy’s sister, Katie Allsop, completed her first ever race at just four years old, coming eighth in the U9 girls’ race.

In the older categories, Summit’s fantastic trio of Juvenile (13-14) boys, Ben Broadhead, Ross Deall and Tom Barrowcliffe came seventh, seventeenth and  22nd respectively. Ben’s fantastic top-ten Championship placing will ensure he continues to be supported by British Cycling’s Central Region Development Team.

Summit MTB Club’s young riders are hoping for a repeat of these strong results when they will be out in force at the forthcoming Black Park MTB Youth Races on Saturday 31st May.

Summit MTB Club runs regular coaching sessions and trail rides for young people aged 8-16 in and around the Chilterns. If you would like more information, please email Clare Muir, Head Go-Ride Coach -

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