Jamie Kershaw is one of three young riders supported by the club to further develop his cycling skills. You’ll enjoy reading his report on the highs and lows of his year to date.
The year started off with the first race being the National Cyclo Cross Championships at the South of England Showground where I was gridded at the back of the grid but I managed to work my way through the field to finish 15th out of about 50 riders. This race was quite cold, wet and muddy.
I then did some races at Darley Moor, Curborough and Mallory Park where my best position across these races was 3rd. I then got an entry for the first round of the national youth series which was the Isle of Man Youth Tour which was over 3 days. Friday was a TT on the promenade and then I got to experience closed road racing on Saturday where the racing was going well but then on Sunday I had a bad crash on the last stage which meant my race was over.
I raced the following weekend at Pembrey which was over 2 days and 4 stages. The weekend after we were at Oulton Park where on lap 4, sprinting out of the hairpin, my chain broke and I went over the bars and knocked myself out and suffered with concussion. I went to the hospital after Oulton Park and discovered that on the Isle of Man I had actually fractured my clavicle again so I took a couple of weeks off to recover.
It was then up to Fife for the next round of the Nationals which again consisted of 4 stages over the 2 days. Even though it was June it was a very cold and windy weekend. I felt good but stayed towards the back of the bunch as I felt nervous after my last couple of crashes. To try and get some confidence back I went to the club chain gang sessions and this helped me feel more confident riding in a group.
I took part in the British Schools Cycling Association TT and circuit race at Darley Moor where I finished 1st in the TT and 2nd (just pipped at the post) in the circuit race. I also took part in the AA Brown road race at Bruntingthorpe where I finished 9th.
Then came the Road National Championships which were at Scarborough using the Oliver’s Mount circuit where I finished 25th. This was a tough event as Oliver’s Mount was quite a hilly circuit and the first lap was on the top circuit as they wanted to try and break the group up before we hit the downhill on the next lap. It did and I missed the break!
I have also done a couple of the FNSS series which have been tough and warm but I finished 1st youth at the races I have competed in.
When I have not been competing in the Nationals over the weekends I have still been racing at Mallory Park and my best result has been 3rd. I have also been doing some 25 and 10 mile time trials to build up strength when riding on my own after I have attacked.
Just wanted to thank the club for the support.
Thank you for the report Jamie, it sounds a busy and challenging year thus far. We wish you every success