With an already impressive palmarès so far this season, Oscar Mingay (Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films) once again proved his immense talent at the latest round of the Junior National Series.
With the course including some of the famous gravel and dirt sectors from the mens race earlier in the year, the day was set to be won by a combination of luck and skill. Several moves came and went over the first half of the race, but it wasn’t until Matt Shaw (Wheelbase Caltech Junior RT) attacked on a climb on the other side of Owston, that a break of three riders was set in stone.
As the three leaders continued to work together, behind the race was fragmenting over the Sommerberg. Several groups split and made the transition to join the group ahead, and so the dynamic of the race was constantly changing. During the crucial moments, Mingay was sure to stay vigilant, surfing the right wheels and always keeping himself at the front of the race.
Coming into the closing circuit, Mingay and Tidball seized an opportunity and made the move across to the breakaway. Shaw suffered from the loss of his bottles earlier in the race, and with an additional 10km raced than planned, dropped out of the lead with cramp on the final sector at Sawgate. A puncture from their remaining breakaway companion saw Mingay and Tidball left to cling on to the lead by themselves.
“As a group of 4 we were working well together and had about 40 seconds as we started our final lap. Four soon became 3 as Matt who had lost both his bottles lost contact just as we entered the Sawgate sector (the final sector). We then had a tail wind all the way along Sawgate, so we pressed on. As we turned left onto the road that linked the back road to the main road Ben unfortunately punctured. This left me and Will with around 9km still to go.” said Mingay
With the remaining peloton chasing hard, it seemed at times as though the two would get caught. Coming into the final straight however, the victory seemed secure, and it was Tidball who edged out Mingay for the win.
“Although I missed out on the win I was so happy that Will and I finished in a two man break.”
Another impressive performance from Mingay, who continues to extend his lead in the series to 20 points over nearest rival Thomas Pidcock (PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT).
A special mention to Alex Reed for the use of his fantastic photos from the event.