Bobbie’s on the ball for the Slipstreamers
HILLINGDON Slipstreamers ace Bobbie O’Brien was victorious in the European Youth Tour in Holland to become only the second British girl to take the title in 52 years.
O’Brien got off to a lightning start in the week-long race and was the fastest girl in the opening time trial, being beaten by only two boys in her age category.
More than 800 riders turned out for the event, with competitors aged from eight to 16 taking to the tarmac.
Throughout the twisting and technical course she averaged speeds of more than 40kph, which was pivotal in her assault towards the front.
O’Brien, wearing the pink jersey, managed to continue to build on her lead with some impressive sprinting and tactical riding.
She then showed her resilience throughout the wet and windy classic stage as the conditions played their part.
However, the 10-year-old excelled in the final time trial, extending her advantage by a few more seconds to finish 21 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Based in the northern Dutch area of Assen, the prestigious event is one of the toughest on the calendar. The previous roll of honour includes current female Olympic road race champion Anna van de Breggen of Holland.
O’Brien’s brothers Finston and Joe also travelled with her to the continent and both finished in the top 10 of their respective age groups.
The three siblings will now travel to Italy for a training camp before the indoor velodrome racing at the end of the year.