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Colchester Rovers look to end the season on a high
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER Rovers Cycling Club youngsters were determined to finish the road season on a high note at Gravesend.
Five Rovers riders were in action at the purpose-built cyclo-park race circuit, as youth riders from across the south east competed on the fast technical course.
Brothers Silas and Theo Warren were first up racing in the under-ten and under-12 categories, on a shortened version of the full-length course.
Both boys had some stiff competition but competed well to finish in the top 15, after 20 minutes of fierce racing.
In the under-14 race, Bob Longstaff was the only Colchester rider in a large field of 40 and had to settle for a finish behind in the bunch.
Three of Colchester’s up and coming under-16s racers lined up for the last youth race of the day.
Team Terminator’s Frank Longstaff timed his final effort to perfection in the last 200 metres to win the 40-minute race.
He showed that his sprinting training is starting to pay dividends while Adam Looker claimed fourth, his best result this season.
James Jackson rounded off a superb effort from the Colchester trio, to finish ninth.
In the senior hour-long fourth-category only race, Rovers’ duo Kevin Looker and Joe Warren lined up in a field of more than 60 riders.
Coming out of the final bend Looker had made his way into the top-six, only to be swamped by sprinting riders at the death to take 15th.
Warren also finished strongly and was just outside the top 20 in the bunch, exhausted but exhilarated.
There was some close fast racing as Maldon and District CC hosted their annual road race, at Steeple.
Colchester star rider Billy-Joe Whenman, of the Zannata racing team, was the highest-placed rider in 13th.
Rovers’ Mike Smith rounded off a fine end to the season by finishing 29th, while a very impressive finish from Greg Andrews in the 3rd /4th category race saw him finish ninth.
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