Pedal stars are pride of Pendle

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Cycle Sport Pendle riders Amy Gornall and Sam Boast have have been in action against some of the country’s top young riders.

Amy (15), from Barnoldswick, represented the North-West region as part of a four-girl team racing in Perth, Scotland, while 18-year-old Sam from Colne had a longer trip, competing in County Mayo, Ireland.

West Craven pupil Amy finished 12th overall after three seperate stages in the Under 16 girls.

A team time on the first day of competition had the North-West in third place ahead of 10 other regions.

Amy’s attacking style came to the fore in the massed start races finishing 11th on stage two to help her team move up the rankings and finish the weekend in a very respectable fourth place.

Sam, an A-level student at Nelson and Colne college, was away from home for a week competing in the 300-mile

six-day stage race on the West coast of Ireland.

The field, all under 18 years old consisted of Irish and Britsh riders, plus teams from, Holland, South Africa, and Czech Republic.

A strong fifth place in the opening stage time-trial and top 10 finishes throughout had Sam in eigth place overall at the end of the race and first British rider.

The eventual winner was Thomas Wronga, from Boston, USA.

Sam said: “The American riders were a strong team and difficult to break down.

“I was climbing well but there were always two or three Americans up there too.

“It’s been a great experience. I learnt a lot.”

Both riders are in top class action again this weekend.

Amy will be competing in the National Under 16 Championships in Bradford and Sam will be travelling Buckinghamshire to ride a 70-mile hill road race against the UK’s top Under 18 year olds.

For more information about C.S.P and coaching sessions for beginners visit the club website www.cyclesportpendle.org.uk.