GVC JUNIOR RIDER HOSKINS WINS DIVISION 1 ROAD RACE
The last road race of the Guernsey Velo Club Season took place on a completely new circuit combining both the Vazon and L’eree Loops, to form a grueling 56-mile race.
Ascending Pleinmont hill 4 times would test the endurance of any athlete.
Division 1 started the race quite organised with all 10 riders putting in a turn on the front of the pack.
Further down the road came many short attacks, to gauge reaction, but none fully committed to forming a breakaway.
The start of the third lap saw Simon Campbell ride clear of the pack and briefly out of view. By the time the bell sounded, indicating the last lap, Campbell had gained 53 seconds over the main peloton.
With 14 miles still to complete the main peloton was halted by a reversing tractor and had all but given up hope of catching the solo break.
Despite this, huge efforts were made by Mike Serafin, Jack Hoskins, Jack English, James Roe, Matt Osborn and Anthony Bleasdale to bridge the gap.
With 2 miles to the finish, Simon Campbell was finally reeled in.
Almost immediately after, an attack by Roe and Hoskins and Osborn saw them reach the foot of the final climb up Pleinmont Hill with a 20 meter advantage.
Midway up the climb, Junior rider Jack Hoskins (aged 17) attacked hard and managed to keep the lead to the finish and take his first division 1 win, with James Roe coming in a close second.
Hoskins who is still competing using restricted gears, is the only Junior in a field of experienced adult cyclists . Despite this he has had a very impressive season culminating with this superb win.
Meanwhile Division 2 and 3 were combined, with Mark Smith & Paul Jackson setting a fast pace from the gun and putting some pressure on the other riders, the bunch remained mostly together until the first climb of Pleinmont Hill where the pace saw a group of the more experienced riders forming at the front of the race, the continued fast pace saw the main group reducing to just four riders of the final climb to the finish line, with Mark Smith attacking on the penultimate corner and battling with Alex Margison for the final push for the line. Smith managed to hold off Margison to take the division 2 win.
First lady across the line was Karina Bowie, returning from a recent trip to the UCI Amateur world championships in Australia. Junior rider Sam Reed held off senior rider Alan Tremlett to take the victory in Division 3.