At the Spokes Cycles 2-Day in Fife, Scotland, Oscar Mingay (Giant Cycling – Halo Films) continued to extend his dominant lead in the Junior National Series. Taking second place on the first stage, with a heroic final ascent to the finish line catching the lone leader (and eventual winner) Louis Rose-Davies (Canyon UK). The lunge for the line saw Rose-Davies take the win by no more than an inch, and with the pair finishing five seconds ahead of the next group, looked set to see their respective GC positions through to the podium.
The second stage was more suited to the sprinters, yet this didn’t deter Mingay from trying. With two riders holding off the field, Mingay finished third in the bunch sprint to take fifth on the day. Sadly it wasn’t enough to dethrone Rose-Davies, but was more than enough to tighten his grip on the overall series standings.
Over in London, Matthew Shaw (Wheelbase Cabtech Junior RT) had an impressively busy evening of racing. Having already been entered in the 2/3/4 race at the London Nocturne, Shaw also fancied his chances against the Professionals, and with a last minute entry, he had his opportunity.
With an aggressive race from the start, the bunch was depleted by constant vigorous attacks and several crashes. Eventually, a lead group of around twenty riders established at the front, and Shaw at only 16 years of age, placed himself firmly within the elite group. With JLT having several riders in front, they were able to run the perfect lead-out for sprinter, Brenton Jones. As the lone rider from his team present in the group, Shaw was left to surf the wheels in the final sprint, and on junior gear restrictions, somehow managed to claim 10th place. An outstanding performance from the youngster. A great evening of racing for the Shaw’s, with his sister Lucy winning the women’s race earlier in the evening.
Photos: Guy Swarbrick