Charter cyclists set the pace and win multiple trophies at the Inter School Cycling Competition
On Bank Holiday Monday, The Charter School Cycling Club took part in the annual Inter School Cycling Competition hosted by Dulwich College at Herne Hill Velodrome.TCS had teams entered in the Girls, U16 boys and U14 boys categories.
The competition was well attended with teams from across London, including Dulwich College, Alleyns, Whitgift, St Paul’s, Trinity, Bolingbroke, Burntwood and Elmgreen.
The U16 boys – Louis Challen-Flynn, Elliot Stanley and Luke Ison all acquitted themselves well against tough opposition, with Luke’s performance in the points race a particular highlight.
The U14s couldn’t have been more successful. Tomas Wylie, Finlay Wellings and Oliver Wollaston won the Team Pursuit competition, breaking the record (set by Charter last year) by seven seconds. Oliver would also go on to record the fastest time in the flying 200m and subsequently won the individual match sprint competition in awesome style, using great racecraft to outwit his opponent in a thrilling final race. Finlay also continued the team’s success by winning both the scratch race and the points race in dominant style. He won every sprint in the poins race, which earnt him the individual outstanding rider of the day award. This combined success along with podiums in the scratch and points race from Tomas Wylie, and useful contributions from William King and Thomas Sharpe helped the boys secure the overall U14 winners trophy for the second year in a row.
The success did not end there however. Our girls team – Livvy O’Hagan and Jasmine Gillott (both in year 9) along with Emily Gillott (year 10) – were competing against girls all the way up to year 12. They started in strong form taking second place in the team pursuit. Individually all three of them made massive contributions. Jasmine would go on to take a close second in the match sprints and Emily performed well by taking second place in the points race. Livvy however turned on the style to win both the points race and the scratch race. This in turn meant that they were well up there in the overall standings. It was only at the awards presentations that the girls realised that they had won the overall prize by a single point – to a huge cheer from the watching crowd.
The prizes given are a timely reward for the effort they put in, and all Charter representatives rode really well and showed great grace and sportsmanship throughout the day.The day was made even more enjoyable by the wonderful support the students were given by parents, friends, coaches and staff throughout, so a big thank you to all those who came along.
We are delighted that the new trophy cabinet in The Charter School Atrium is filling up so quickly!