City cycling siblings target National Track Championships success

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WRENTHORPE cycling siblings Ollie and Reece Wood will look to cement their place among the best young starlets of the track next week at the British National Junior and Youth Track Championships.

The Outwood Grange Academy students will compete in the championships, one of the highlights of their calendars, at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester from Monday.

The six-day event will see Olympic Development Programme star Ollie compete in three races, with younger brother Reece racing in just the one, the under-14 male omnium, a week on a Saturday.

Ollie’s championships will start with the junior male scratch race next Wednesday before competing in the junior male pursuit next Friday and the junior male points race next Saturday.

The pair have been gearing-up for the meeting for a number of months.

For Ollie, it’s been a race against time to get in tip-top racing form following a broken arm suffered while racing for Great Britain in a Junior Nations Cup race in Istria, Croatia in April.

And some good rides in the saddle, and some good results to boot, seem to have the 16-year-old in good form going into next week’s races.

First-place finishes in regional races have been complemented by experience-gaining rides alongside elite riders on a national scale in recent weeks.

Reece, 14, has also racked-up a string of first-place finishes in recent weeks to put him in confident mood going into the omnium race.

The Aire Valley Racing Team rider competed in the National Youth Omnium Final and secured an encouraging second-placed finish.

A family holiday to Spain gave the pair some useful warmer-weather training and they’ll be hoping it pays off in Manchester.

Tingley’s Melissa Lowther, part of British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team, will also make the trip across the Pennines for the championships.

The Woodkirk Academy student will race in the under-16 female pursuit, scratch and points races.

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