HALESOWEN Cycling Club's youngster again showed their potential at the North West Youth and Junior Tour held over three days in Morecombe.

The tour forms part of the National Series and is the main part of the calendar for the best British under-14 and under-16 riders.

In the under-14 boys, Tomos Pattinson, who has been riding consistently well all year, produced his best result to take overall second spot.

On a longer prologue course than normal (a prologue being a short time trial race with riders set off individually and a pure race against the clock), Tomos took a fine 15th out of a field of 83 riders. However it was the road stage that played to Tomos’ strengths with a hilly course allowing for aggressive racing. Bridging across from the peloton to the two-man break allowed the three riders to stay away and Tomos took second place on the sprint.

On the final sprint stage he raced at the front of the pack controlling any potential breakaways and came home with the pack in the sprint finish and a fine second place overall.

In the under-16 girls event, Kinga Ingram showed great determination when her chain snapped on the second stage having to run part of the course to stay in the overall race.

Her character paid off as although this cycling incident damaged her overall aspirations Kinga rode well to finish second in the time trial and 3rd in another stage of the race which culminated in a bunch sprint, having already won two of the intermediate sprints.

Elsewhere, Halesowen member Simon Dighton contested the veterans amateur world time trial championships in Poznan, Poland. In blisteringly hot conditions on narrow rural closed roads Simon got round the twisty 11.4 mile course in just over 27 minutes to take 25th place in this highly competitive V55-59 race.