May’s first race for Giant Halifax RT was the Isle of Man Youth Tour, a regular on the Youth junior race scene for many years and always hotly contested.
For the Giant Halifax RT quintet of riders it was a frustrating weekend. The race is often won by the smallest of margins and so the racing is tough, nervous and attritional, with small errors likely to be heavily punished.
The short prologue time trial was a case in point with Jenson Young our best performer in 18th place, yet only 4 seconds down on the winner. The course and distance were well suited to Max, but he crashed on a bend and, although up and running quickly and pretty much unhurt, he lost valuable time in the process.
The Second stage, early on the Saturday morning was full of attacking racing but the cards just wouldn’t fall for the Giant-Halifax RT riders as they put in lots of effort and had not a lot to show for it. The team tried hard and got into most of the breaks, only to miss the breaks that eventually proved critical to the result. Even so they chased hard as a unit, to maximise their losses.
Stage three was more of the same, with attacks a break going throughout, only this time the team’s luck changed and Tom Dussek got himself into a small, late break and took third place on the line, a great result and a continuation of Tom’s strong early season. Max and Jenson sprinted well at the head of the bunch to claim 7th and 9th respectively on the stage, some compensation for them and the team as a whole.
Third on that final stage helped Tom to a solid top ten placing and the team, as a whole, can look back with satisfaction on a hard-working weekend where they didn’t always get the best of luck, but where they rode well as a team. Josh, Max and Dylan all recorded their record one hour average power figures over the weekend, some indication of the workload they put themselves through!
The team reflect on their weekend:
Meanwhile, in the Youth A boys’ race, Giant Halifax RT’s Bob Donaldson too the win in the prologue and third in the bunch sprint on stage two. Although Bob missed the break in the final stage, our guest rider, Jack Rootkin-Gray cam up trumps to claim second overall – nice work Jack!
Final Overall Results – Junior Men
1. Samuel Watson PH-MAS/Paul Milnes Cycles 4:40: 16
2. Niel s Nicolaas van Ekeren Sleepwell Hotels Monkey Town Cycling Team 4:40:21
3. Lars Loohuis Sleepwell Hotels Monkey Town Cycling Team 4:40:34
9. Tom Dussek Giant Halifax Race Team 4:41:40
23. Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:01
34. Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:04
48. Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:11
49. Max Rushby Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:14