1st Place in Schools Cycling Championship
Finn Coll, Year 10 student at Allerton Grange School, is going from strength to strength in the world of cycling. On Thursday 10 May he took part in a race at the Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit, part of the University of Leeds, competing against fifteen cyclists from clubs across Yorkshire. This was Finn’s first professional race, which totalled 10 laps of the state of the art mile-long circuit. Finn was more than happy with his performance after staying with the peloton and joining the sprint finish.
Finn’s most recent race was the regional championship with the British Schools Cycling Association, which took place on Saturday 19 May at the Richard Dunn Sports Circuit in Bradford. A number of cyclists from schools across the region took part in the event, in which Finn raced in the under 15’s category. The race lasted for a gruelling 25 km, over 30 laps. Finn narrowly avoided a crash on a hairpin bend in lap 5, which allowed him to break away from the group and secure the lead early on. He worked hard to maintain this position until the end, winning first place.
Finn said, “I’m really happy with how it went. I saw my chance to take the lead and knew if I could hold that, I’d be okay. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and gaining more experience with future races.”