Penn ar Bed race report

Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy junior rider Rhys Pilley (18), participated in the 32nd edition of the Penn Ar Bed Pays d’Iroise, on the 26th March, riding for Club Cyclisme Plancoët. This prestigious federal level race attracts a field of top junior riders from north west of France, including members of the French national squad.

Consisting of two stages, the race started with a short 7.5km time trial on a rolling, exposed course at Plougonvelin, out towards the iconic lighthouse at Pointe St. Mathieu. Pilley produced a respectable time of 10:37, finishing 28th of the 135 riders on the start sheet. This was a positive start but the main challenge of the day was the 115 km road race around the rugged coast of the Finistere region.

Narrow, rolling roads and little protection from the wind resulted in the race splitting into four main groups containing 20-40 riders each. Pilley rode aggressively in the third group, eventually escaping and riding to the finish with one other rider. Although only 39 of the 135 riders were given an official finishing place, the fact that the JCAYA rider  made it to the line, which many didn’t, demonstrates his continual development. Pilley came away from the experience with much positivity-I am pleased with my ride this weekend, the TT went well and I felt strong in the road race. I feel racing at such a high level in France is teaching me a lot about race-craft in such a large bunch and hopefully I can use what I have learnt in future races in the UK and France,” he said. Over the next few weeks, Pilley will re-focus his efforts on the other side of the Channel competing in the two opening rounds of the British National Junior Road Race Series in an attempt to qualify for the Youth Commonwealth Games later this year. Pilley would like to thank Plan2Coaching, Healthhaus, Caesarean Cycling Club, Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy and Pedal Power for the continual support as well as CC Plancoët for their hospitality.

Race report: Velodrome track racing in France

Weather conditions severely affected the programme of events held at the Regional Challenge Emmanuel Frin Trophée de Brocéliande des Poursuiteurs in Brittany on 01

April. The pursuit round for all categories was completed in between intermittent showers but unfortunately the 500m events did not take place. A second place and a personal best time was achieved by JCAYA and CCC member Sabine Minchinton-Gilley, which resulted in a 06 seconds improvement on her last 2km pursuit on this track, which took place back in July 2016 on a warm sunny day. The winner, who competes for the French National junior squad and Brittany’s ladies team, was 01 second slower on her record time from last July. In terms of improvement for Sabine, 06 seconds is a sizeable amount of time over the 2km pursuit distance and indicates continued development for this sixteen-year old rider as her form builds for future competition.The weekend away was put to good use as the velodrome in Pordic was available for a coaching session on the Monday, which was put to good use with a full day session working on entry lines and sprint tactics as well as held start accelerations.

Thanks to: Plan2coaching, Healthhaus, JCAYA, CCC & Mark Pickford Cycles.

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JCAYA riders in France!

JCAYA junior riders Rhys Pilley (18) & Sabine Minchinton-Gilley (16) are racing in

France this season for CC Plancoet. Both will be contesting the junior calendar on the

road and Sabine will also be continuing to balance both road and track racing this


Rhys has the opportunity to be part of a junior team racing the Federal calendar. His

first race was the 32 nd edition of the prestigious La Ronde du Printemps, which has

taken place since 1985; previous junior winners have gone on to become

professionals. Coach, Lynn Minchinton, says, “ Rhys has a lot of potential and when

asked by the club to recommend a male junior rider who could fit into their team

structure he was the obvious choice; I feel racing regularly in France will further

develop his skills and provide him with opportunities for the future.” Only 82 of the

195 riders finished the 119kms race; however Rhys was able to reach the finishing

circuit having completed 99kms but the organisers only allowed the break away

groups to remain. The main break went early in to the race and managed to stay away

never allowing the chasers to get back. This was a huge learning curve to adjust to

being part of a team and the number of riders entered; for his first race the team

manager was very pleased with him and he is due back in France next weekend for

the prestigious Penn ar Bed stage race.

Sabine rode the 50km road race on the same finishing circuit as the junior men, which

had a 600m climb ranging from 6% to 9%, which took its toll on many of the cadet

boys and junior girls with having to climb it ten times; not known for being a climber

she displayed determination to finish 5 th girl but just outside the top 50 overall

receiving praise from the club for her improved climbing skill in this her first race.

Both riders wish to thank: Plan2coaching, Healthhaus, CCC, JCAYA, Pedal Power

and Mark Pickford Cycles for ongoing support.