With a break in the domestic calendar the South West’s junior riders – courtesy of John Barclay and Paul Parsons- took a trip across the water to race against some of the continents top Junior riders.
The riders were Jack Mattock (BH Solidor), Tom Baylis ( Haribo Beacon), Ricky Parsons (MDCC) and Duncan Heywood (One and All)
As ever the both days consisted of strong Belgian teams, the teams that are riding Stir Tour this weekend were there teams such as zennata, OPQS and DJ-Matics.
Tom Baylis –
The first day I was away with two OPS riders in the break. I went clear with a lap to go but sat up because I was worried it was too risky, big mistake I won’t do it again – another lesson learnt in Belgium! Fifth wasnt a bad result but in hindsight it could have been better. Jack Mattock had a mechanical today, his bottle cage fell into his front mech after working its way loose, Duncan Heywood finished 35th.
I Was out in the break all day on Sunday on a really technical course, took most of the primes and managed to get away on my own from everyone in the break before being bridged to on the penultimate lap. This was the first time I’d ever got a sprint right in a Belgian race to finish a really close second. Jack did a cracking ride as a first year Junior in a strong field for 9th, Duncan Heywood improved on yesterday for 35th, Ricky Parsons continuing his return from injury finished 50th.