By John Leitch
Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:21


The South East regional races were in Eastbourne and the one for Under-14 riders was 20 minutes plus five laps and an observer sent me this:

'It was the U14s race that was the most-tense with a sprint finish and happy to say Jamie Pullen won!

'I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now but it was nail biting at the time.

'He didn’t feel well during the race and with five laps to go was looking as though he would get detached from the lead group. He hung on though and set himself up in to a good position for the last couple of corners sprinting it out with one other rider.

'A fantastic result and deserved for a rider that always gives 100%'.
That's from a coach with a rival club, so praise indeed.

The leading group of eight lapped virtually all the rest of the field.

Jamie, who had been off school with a stomach upset, started to fill unwell during the final five laps, progressively slipping further back but managed to dig in and on the last lap.

After the bell, the next turn was 180-degrees and Jamie's ability as the cornering devil showed it's value when the chips are down, as he moved up from eight to third.

All the five remaining corners were right-handers and coming out of the final one, Jamie moved forwards once again to be sitting nicely second-in-line with just the sprint finish to take on.

He got it by half  bike-length.

Well done, Jamie.