With Matt Gibson returning back to the North West after a gruelling week in Scotland with the Olympic Development Programme, it was just three Velocity WD-40 juniors to contest the traditional season opener here in the North West – the Clayton Spring Classic. With Alex Braybrooke having stretched his legs for the second week running at Marsh Tracks in Rhyl, trying to outgun the E123s the day before, it was Christian his brother getting the first taste of adult racing on open roads here in the UK, joining second-years Will Thomas and Andy Leigh on the start line.

There is an excellent race report on Velo UK which we won’t try and replicate here. Suffice to say Velocity WD-40 riders Will Thomas and Andy Leigh bossed the race making the most of their time handicap, with Will winning both early sprints and Andy sticking in to contest the final sprint finishing 4th overall and the top junior rider on the day. Both riders were in the leading group from the start right up until two laps to go and were very visible for the team sponsors, whilst Christian rode very maturely in his first big race with the Elite riders. Race organiser Peter Boast commented that Andy’s race was “ride of the day”. Well done Andy

Read the full race report HERE