CYCLING: Grantham’s Young sprints to victory in Germany

Steve Young
Steve Young

A former Central School student won a road race in Germany at the weekend.

Representing Grantham’s Pedal Pushers racing team, Steve Young triumphed in the Bavarian Road Race Championship at Rosenheim.

The race began quickly, with an average speed close to 28mph for the first half hour, as breaks went and were brought back.

Finally, a breakaway formed which consisted of seven riders. As their lead rose up to two minutes, Steve and several riders began to increase the pace of the peloton to start chasing the leaders down, closing the gap to 45 seconds.

At that point, a first attack came from the main group at the end of the 11th lap. Five riders began to eat into the lead break’s advantage, with Steve staying safe mostly at the back of the line.

Both groups ahead merged, creating a group of 11 riders at the front, The peloton was still being led by strong German riders but split as result of a fall in the 13th lap, causing some riders to slip back and lose contact with the bunch.

The pack closed the gap to about 21 seconds, with several riders including Steve trying to bridge the gap between the peloton and the leading bunch in small groups.

Eventually, all riders were brought back, with an RSV Sonthofen rider surviving the longest only to be caught to form a new leading group on the penultimate lap.

Two riders attacked but never got more than 10 seconds and were held very close by the peloton and caught a few kilometres later.

No riders managed to get away from the bunch after that, allowing Steve with the perfect position to sprint to victory.