I’ve really enjoyed watching the progress of the Manilla Cycling Team during 2016 and, as one of their sponsors, playing a small part in their continued success.
Adam Brooks, who was promoted from Team Coach to Team Principal in May, has overseen the continuation of the great work done by his predecessor and team founder, Tony McDonagh. Here’s Adam’s review of their busy 2016.
The team enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, with some outstanding performances in the Velo 29 Croft Winter Series, particularly for the junior riders, with Tom Hill and Ted Kane getting on the podium for the first time and youth rider Alana Prior taking back to back wins.
March continued to be a busy month with a strong team of both senior and junior riders heading to the Tour of Northumberland 2-day stage race.
Will Corbett and Robert Wallace both put in fantastic performances on day 1, finishing within the front group in very challenging conditions. Stage 2, with some particularly tough climbs, was tamed by Will Corbett, riding strongly at the front of the race before attacking on the final lap and taking the stage win and securing the overall victory on General Classification as well.
April started with some amazing performances from the Manilla ladies with Alana Prior taking a great stage win at the Youth Tour of Scotland and Nikki Metcalfe taking 2nd at the Prologue Criterium Series in York. Junior riders Robert Wallace and Ted Kane rounded out April with an excellent 2nd and 3rd place at the Westmorland Tankard Road Race and 1st and 2nd junior prizes.
Moving into May, Nikki Metcalfe continued to fly the Manilla flag in the ladies races, taking 3rd place in three criteriums.
Will Corbett, Robert Wallace and Joel McGlynn began to combine well at the PTR/Speedflex Summer Series with Will taking a 2nd place before Joel recorded a fantastic win for the team a week later.
Joel continued his fine form with an excellent 2nd place at Round 2 of the iMann Trophy in Northumberland, and Robert then closed out May by taking the win at the evening criterium.
June was the month of the Regional Championships, with riders all over the country competing in their home regions and vying for the crowns of regional champion. Alana Prior stepped up and took the win at Hetton Country Park, making her North East Youth Girls Regional Champion.
Stand-out performances over the summer included youngsters Will Corbett and Alana Prior both taking a number of wins at the Croft Tl Series, with Nikki Metcalfe taking the overall series victory for the ladies. Our Time Trial specialists also began to set some cracking times with an interesting inter-club battle between Craig Carruthers, Nik Parker and Adam Jarps, all setting new PBs along the way. Our female Time Trialist Pam Greer also got in on the action recording a number of victories.
Craig Carruthers won the final Round of the iMann Trophy races in Northumberland, against a quality field of riders, and Will Corbett continued his excellent form throughout July taking numerous podiums in the local criterium series.
Youth rider Alana Prior once again showed her class taking an unbelievable 3rd place and bronze medal at the National Youth Criterium Championships.
As summer came to an end the young junior riders demonstrated their talent with Ted Kane grabbing a podium place in the Speedflex Summer Evening Series. New signing Adam Jarps started his Manilla Cycling career with a superb 2nd place at Ouesburn Valley Cross before putting in a sterling performance a week later, setting the fastest time at the Scottish National Youth Time Trial Championships.
The close of the 2016 season marks the start of an exciting time for the team with the launch of an Under 23 Academy for 2017 to provide a pathway to support the development of young riders to compete at a higher level.
And for the cyclists amongst you, check out my post-ride cool down yoga stretches article from earlier in the year!
With wellbeing wishes,