It was a successful weekend for Giant Halifax RT, with both Dylan Westley and Bob Donaldson picking up second places as the UK National road racing season got underway, with the opening rounds of both the Junior Men’s Road Series, the Cadence Junior Road Race in the Brecon Beacons, and the Youth Circuit Series, with the Riviera Youth Classic in Torquay.
Podium places for Giant Halifax’s Bob Donaldson (left) and Dylan Westley (right)
Westley’s ride was built around being part of a group of three riders who went away relatively early in the day and chased down and caught an earlier trio of escapees. That group worked well together, though it was whittled down to five with a couple of laps of the hilly circuit to go.
Eventually, Dylan Hughes (Spokes Racing Team) attacked from the leading group and got away, claiming an impressive solo victory. Giant Halifax RT’s Dylan, then continued to work with the remaining three riders. As things got a bit tactical on the final climb it looked like they might be caught by ten pursuing riders, but Dylan held on and sprinted well to take second place.
Meanwhile, down on the seafront in Torbay, Giant Halifax RT’s Bob Donaldson took a very impressive second place at the Youth Circuit Series opener, the Riviera Youth Classic. Despite being run off at a frenetic pace and a couple of early crashes, the race largely stayed together and, in the end, it came down to a big bunch sprint, with Oliver Stockwell, of Welwyn Wheelers just holding off Bob by the tiny margin of 0.045 seconds. It was a great result for Bob and the team and we’re expecting more of the same from him as the season goes on. There was also a good result for Giant Halifax RT’s Nick Jackson who was ninth, with the top thirty riders covered by just a few bike lengths.
Finally, Giant Halifax RT’s Max Rushby was over in Belgium at the Junior Gent-Wevelgem race. It marked Max’s official debut in GB colours and the GB Academy rider responded with strong ride in a supporting role. He did a lot of work at the front of the main bunch bringing back escapees in support of his GB team-mates. Understandably drained by his efforts, Max briefly lost touch with the field towards the end of the race, only to recover and regain a place in the main bunch, where he stayed to the finish.