Greg, Zak’s press agent reports: We made the journey to Hog Hill today for the Eastern Counties Festival Youth Races. Zak wanted to do a 45 min Under 16 race for a change - there was a cat 3/4 race but it was later on in the day.
Despite a few riders off at the Isle of Man tour there were still 4 or 5 strong riders in the field of 25+, one of which rides up with the seniors too and finished 3rd at a Cat 2/3/4 race last weekend at the Cyclopark.
The pace fluctuated in the early stages with Zak keeping an eye out for any breaks near the front. With about 5 laps to go he sat right in the middle of the bunch for a couple of laps conserving energy, then with 3 laps to go 2 riders made a break for it and Zak chased them down, counter-attacked and broke away with 2 laps to go (see photo attached). A couple of riders tried to bridge the gap but didn't have the legs and Zak kept a healthy gap to the end, easing off towards the finish to win by a few seconds. A happy chap :)