Welland Valley Cycling Club
Those who have been following James Garratt would know how committed, focussed and passionate James is about all forms of cycling coupled this with power and ability to get aerodynamic on a push bike.
2015 has seen the junior member of Welland Valley CC dominate the club time-trial scene, he has been untouchable.
Having dipped his toes into contesting National events and produced impressive times James went into National Junior 25 determined to give it full gas and whatever the result aslong as he felt he gave it everything the result would take care of itself.
In the six days prior to the Championship James had set two course records during the club events.
First of the seeded riders James wasted no time getting into a good rhythm, having pre-ridden the course a couple of weeks earlier James was well aware the course was going to be tough. His minute man was soon on the horizon, the yellow glow of the riders number ahead was just the target James needed to keep the pressure on the pedals. He past his minute man just after 5 miles, at halfway he caught a rider 4 minutes ahead as the hillier first half into a block headwind was taking its toll on his fellow competitors.
For the remaining 12 miles James was alone and was fighting time. His smooth powerful pedalling was eating up the miles. As he sped through the finish line James had smashed the course record of 57:08 by nearly a minute recording a blistering 56:09.
James was the leader in ‘the clubhouse’ with ten faster riders on paper still to finish including last years champion and pre-race favourite Gabriel Evans.
One by one his competitors failed to better the performance of the 18 year old.
James Garratt was crowned National Junior 25 mile Time-trial Champion beating his nearest rival Gabriel by a massive 40 seconds.
As James received the Champions Cap and Gold Medal he commented "After getting back to the hq I got After getting back to the hq I got changed and waited on the times, with 10 riders off after me I thought that I would probably be beaten especially with the reigning champion last off. When the times all came in I couldn't quite believe it, especially seeing the margin”.
1. James Garratt, Welland Valley CC, 56:09
2. Gabriel Evans, Banks/Catford CC Equipe, 56:49
3. Matt Langworthy, Mid Devon CC, 57.51
This weekend sees the start of August, did you know that originally named 'Sextilis' in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year.
More interesting fact is that this weekend we have members and friends riding a variety of bikes in every corner of the UK.
Blue ribbon National TT championships and a very strong number of entrants in Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 where Welland Valley members will join more than 25,000 other cyclists.
Whatever your wheels are, relax, enjoy and be safe.
About The Club
Welland Valley Cycling Club has over 150 senior members and Welland Valley Whizz Kids, which caters for young persons aged from 5 to 14 has over 150 members.
Based in Market Harborough, our membership is drawn mainly from South and West Leicestershre and North Northamptonshire.
The club caters for leisure and racing cyclists, both male and female, young and old.
Our road and circuit racers, time triallists, mountain bikers and cyclocross riders compete successfully all over the country.
Many members participate in sportives and audax events.
For the leisure rider there are regular group rides throughout the year.
Welland Valley Cycling Club is a Clubmark accredited club. We have qualified coaches specializing in particular areas of cycling. An important part of our Whizz Kids programme is the development of cycling skills, as well as giving young people an opportunity to sample cycle racing.