Sib­lings have a blast in windy Isle of Man

CY­CLING

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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.

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