Siblings have a blast in windy Isle of Man
THE O’Brien siblings from Amersham – all pupils at St Marys C of E school – continued their cycling success in the latest round of the National Youth championships.
Joseph, 10, Bobbie, nine, and Finn, eight, travelled to the Isle of Man for the three-stage road race, which takes place at various locations around the island and showcases the cream of British cycling’s young talent.
They compete on what are widely regarded to be the toughest courses on the youth calendar and the event attracts more than 400 of the best eight to 18-year-olds in the country, with the island’s rich cycling heritage producing the likes of Mark Cavendish in the past.
In Category D, Joseph finished a fine sixth overall, with a second on the final stage at Ramsey, ensuring he stays well placed in contention for this season’s long points-based competition.
Sister Bobbie surprised many more fancied riders with a very fast time trial in Douglas on the first stage, just missing the podium by a second, but securing fifth overall in the girls classification.
Younger brother Finn, riding his first full stage race, also finished high up against the best E
BIKE ACTION: (Main picture) Bobbie O’Brien (left) secured fifth overall; (inset top) Finn O’Brien (second left) hits a dry patch of road; (inset bottom) Joseph O’Brien (left) battles it out category riders, with his fourth Despite the very wet and windy place on the final stage giving him conditions at the Isle of Man, the a superb third overall in the green siblings are now all ranked in the jersey points competition. top three of their various British Cycling categories, and will hope to secure their standings in the next round – the North West Tour – at the end of the month.