Jack Freeman achieved a credible 16th place (& 2nd Junior) in the prestigious Perfs E12 road race on Sunday 14th February. The race was dominated by the UCI Team Pedal Heaven and won by Rory Townsend (Elite). In only Jack's 2nd road race (previously 6th place in the British Cycling South Regional Championship Junior Road Race in 2015), getting so close to the points was an awesome result, and he only just missed out on the James Atherton award. "With 6 Pedal Heaven riders and 6 more from the PH academy everyone knew that it was going to be a tough race. On the first lap an ambulance got caught behind the race which caused a brief pause on the hill before everything resumed. After completing the first lap the commissaries stopped the race and removed 3 riders due to some sketchy riding. On the 2nd time up the hill Pedal Heaven put the hammer down followed by the stretch along Portsdown hill being battered by a crosswind, the race was splintered all over the road. 13 riders made the front group and began to build a small gap. I was in the chasing group of about 20 to 30 riders. Over the next 3 laps the gap fluctuated between 15 to 60 seconds with riders being spat out the back of the group. Entering the last part of the race off to Newtown attacks began thick and fast. Hitting the final climb the group came back together and the final push began Tom Chandler crested the climb first and about a second behind I was pipped to the lime by two riders. I finished 16th overall, 1 place out of the points, 2 places off of the James Atherton award and ahead of some talented riders. All in all a good day out considering this is only my second road race!" - Jack Freeman.
British Cycling Level 3 Road & Time-Trial Discipline Coach. Specialising in U18, Youth & Juniors.