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2022 Yorkshire Under-23 Classic: preview and startlist

Startlist, route, contenders and timings for the Yorkshire Under-23 Classic on Sunday 17 April, round 1 of the Under-23 Men's National Road Series

The inaugural Under-23 Men’s National Road Series begins on Sunday 17 April with the Yorkshire Under-23 Classic. Here’s a preview of the race, including route details, contenders, startlist and timings.

What is it?

The first race of five in the new Under-23 Men’s National Road Series, the Yorkshire Under-23 Classic is a 122km road race that takes place on the border between West and South Yorkshire. Organised by British Cycling Yorkshire, it is a brand new race created specifically for British Cycling’s new series.

Route

The race takes place on the Holmfirth CC race circuit in Upper Denby, just north of Penistone. The circuit is 13.2km and features 205m of climbing, according to VeloViewer, with a total race distance of 122km. It’s the same course used for The Barnsley (Not in the Town Centre….) Races last year.

After a short neutralised section starting at the race HQ in Birds Edge, the riders then join the circuit at Ingbirchworth, tackling it in an anticlockwise direction.

From here, the circuit follows the A629 to Well House, on a meandering, but broadly flat, road. At Well House, the riders turn left, descending all the way down to Clough Green. Another left here takes the riders on the A635 toward Nether End. As the riders pass Hagg Wood, the main difficulty of the circuit begins, a 3.72km staggered climb up to Upper Denby. It has an average gradient of just 3.9%, but the steepest parts, positioned after the start/finish line in Lower Denby, are more testing, with ramps above 10% in places.

After Upper Denby, it’s relatively straight and flat again until the circuit reaches Ingbirchworth once more.

As mentioned above, the finish itself is positioned halfway up the main climb, in Lower Denby. This should make for a selective finish if a few riders are still together on the final lap. With no big UCI Continental teams to control the race however, it’s likely the race will have blown apart long before the final few hundred metres.

Contenders

Perusing the provisional startlist (below), two names jump out immediately: Josh Whitehead and Toby Barnes (both WiV SunGod). Both riders have been in excellent form already this season. 2021 Lancaster Grand Prix winner Whitehead was 2nd overall at the Peaks 2 Day and 4th at the Capenwray road race. Barnes, meanwhile, was 5th overall at the Peaks 2 Day and won the Danum Trophy two weeks ago. Whatsmore, both riders have form on this course; they finished first and second on this course at The Barnsley (Not in the Town Centre….) Races last season.

Toby Barnes wins the 2022 Danum Trophy. Photo; Craig Zadoroznyj

The Wales Racing Academy should be one of the strongest teams at the race and they have several cards to play. Sam Beckett leads our national road race rankings after a fine start to the season, including wins at the Primavera Road Race and the Bynea Early Season Road Race. A crash at the recent Circuit des Ardennes may have set him back a little, however, and his successes have some far come on flatter courses. Owain Roberts is another challenger. 11th at the Lancaster GP and 14th at Ryedale last season indicates he can go well on this type of terrain and he has a handy finish too. He was 34th overall in a tough recent edition of the recent Circuit des Ardennes, so the form is there too. Edward Morgan is another of the team’s riders who has started the season well.

Adam Mitchell (Cycling Sheffield) at the 2022 Danum Trophy. Photo: Olivia Coukham

Local team Cycling Sheffield also have cards to play. Adam Mitchell was 4th at The Barnsley (Not in the Town Centre….) Races last year, and was 2nd behind Toby Barnes at the recent Danum Trophy. George Wood was a two-time National B road race winner last season and is the type of rider that should suit a course like this.

Joe Wilson (Dolan Ellesse RT) has been one of the in-form riders on this type of terrain this season. He was 5th at the Capenwray road race, 10th overall at the Peaks 2 Day (including second on stage 2) and 4th at the Danum Trophy. Farley Barber (Spirit BSS) is another rider currently on song, and his consistency this season means he sits 4th in our national road race rankings.

Joe Wilson at the Capenwray road race. Photo: Ellen Isherwood

Former WiV SunGod rider Callum MacLeod (À Bloc CT) could be another rider to watch. He has already had a good block of UCI racing in his legs, including 12th place at the Grand Prix Velo Alanya (1.2), and should be starting to come into form ahead of his big race targets in May. Jack Rootkin-Gray (Team Inspired) is another lone operator that the other riders will want to watch. He was 12th at the Youngster Coast Challenge (1.2U) this season and, like any GB Senior Academy rider, he shouldn’t be underestimated.

Ben Granger (Zappi Racing RT) is a rider who, on paper at least, should go well. He has had little racing so far this year, however, so his form is difficult to judge. The same can be said for first-year senior Aidan Lawrence (TRINITY Road Racing); he had some top results on the junior circuit last year, including 6th overall at the Junior Tour of Wales, but he remains relatively untested at the elite level so far.

Others to keep an eye on include Team PB Performance’s Jacques Coates (6th overall at the Peaks 2 Day), Saint Piran’s Jenson Young (7th overall at the Peaks 2 Day), Samuel Asker (Richardsons-Trek DAS, winner of the DAP CC Spring Road Race last weekend) and 18-year-old Matthew Lord (Hart Performance Coaching), who has made a fine start to the year with second at the DAP CC Spring Road Race and 7th at the Jock Wadley Memorial.

Matthew Lord (centre) at the 2022 Jock Wadley Memorial. Photo: HPSource Media / The British Continental

Provisional startlist

#NameClub / TeamCategory
1John Russell05/032nd
2Callum MacleodABLOC CT1st
3Joshua HorsfieldBridgnorth Cycling Club2nd
4Francis WoodcockBury Clarion Cycling Club2nd
5Jack RamsbottomCaffi Gruff2nd
6Benjamin BrightCoed Llandegla N Wales MBA2nd
7Joe CoukhamCycling Sheffield2nd
8William HardingCycling Sheffield2nd
9James HartleyCycling Sheffield2nd
10James HawkinsCycling Sheffield2nd
11Adam MitchellCycling Sheffield1st
12George WoodCycling Sheffield1st
13Thomas AshcroftDolan Ellesse Race Team2nd
14Conor McKinnonDolan Ellesse Race Team1st
15Matthew TaylorDolan Ellesse Race Team1st
16Joe WilsonDolan Ellesse Race Team1st
17James AlexanderEmbark – Bikestrong2nd
18Jamieson BlainEmbark – Bikestrong1st
19Bryn DaviesEmbark – Bikestrong2nd
20David HirdEmbark – Bikestrong1st
21Joseph ReesEmbark – Bikestrong1st
22Edward RayGloucester City Cycling Club2nd
23Matthew LordHart Performance Coaching2nd
24James SatoorHolohan Coaching Race Team2nd
25Harry PaveleyIdentity Racing2nd
26George RadcliffeIdentity Racing2nd
27Daniel YatesIdentity Racing2nd
28James HarrisonManx Viking Wheelers CC2nd
29Corrin LeemingManx Viking Wheelers CC2nd
30Matthew HoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT1st
31James AshcroftNopinz Motip Race Team1st
32Toby TanfieldRetelec-Alca-Team Cycling Galicia2nd
33Samuel AskerRichardsons Trek DAS1st
34Aaron FreemanRichardsons Trek DAS2nd
35Aaron KingRT232nd
36Jenson YoungSaint Piran2nd
37Oliver SnoddenSF Racing2nd
38Daniel BarnesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus2nd
39Farley BarberSpirit BSS2nd
40Angus HawkinsSpirit BSS1st
41Oliver HennessySpirit BSS2nd
42Thomas PriceSpirit BSS2nd
43Joshua PriceSpirit BSS2nd
44Elliiot BarratSRCT MUC-OFF2nd
45Matthew EllisSRCT MUC-OFF2nd
46Thomas  LowtherSRCT MUC-OFF2nd
47Matthew WarhurstSRCT MUC-OFF1st
48Lucas RowleyTactic Sport UK Race Team2nd
49Kishan BakraniaTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling2nd
50Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam InspiredElite
51Jacques CoatesTeam PB Performance1st
52Cian LeveridgeTeam PB Performance2nd
53Kieran RileyTeam PB Performance2nd
54Tom SharplesTeam PB Performance2nd
55Cavan WalkerTeam PB Performance2nd
56Samuel ClarktrainSharp Development Team1st
57Jacob JamestrainSharp Elite2nd
58Tom MitchelltrainSharp Elite1st
59Aidan LawrenceTRINITY Road Racing1st
60Sam KettlewellTS Racing2nd
61James BrownUniversity of Bristol CC2nd
62James WordsworthUniversity of Leeds Cycling Club2nd
63Samuel BeckettWales Racing Academy1st
64Liam James-MorrisWales Racing Academy2nd
65Edward MorganWales Racing Academy1st
66Owain RobertsWales Racing Academy1st
67William TrueloveWales Racing Academy1st
68Matti DobbinsWheelbase CabTech Castelli1st
69Matthew FoxWheelbase CabTech Castelli2nd
70Logan MacleanWheelbase CabTech Castelli1st
71Tim ShoremanWheelbase CabTech Castelli1st
72Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castelli2nd
73James BishopWindle Race Team2nd
74Toby BarnesWiV SungodElite
75Jim BrownWiV Sungod1st
76Euan MacleodWiV Sungod2nd
77Josh WhiteheadWiV Sungod1st
78Dexter Leeming-SykesWold Top The Edge RT2nd
79Jack HartleyYomp Bonk Crew2nd
80Ben GrangerZappi Racing TeamElite

Reserves

#NameClub / TeamCat
81Iwan EvansEmbark – Bikestrong2nd
82Cameron BrownSpokes Racing Team2nd
83Ben ChiltonDerby Mercury RC2nd
84Thomas BriersPrimera-TeamJobs2nd
85Isaac HenleyCaffi Gruff2nd
86Samuel HucksHigh Wycombe Cycling Club2nd
87George SafranauskasLVC Racing2nd
88Ben SingerLVC Racing2nd
89Oliver WoodTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling2nd

Timings

10.00Neutralised Race Roll Out from HQ
13.00Race finish (approximate)
13.45Podium Presentation

Weather

The weather should be warm and dry, perfect for spectating before coming home to watch the finale of Paris-Roubaix.

How to follow

There is no official live coverage of the race, as far as we are aware, but we will be on the ground at the race, so keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

Find out more

Under-23 Men’s National Road Series: an explainer

Featured photo: Will Palmer/SWpix.com. 2021 Junior Tour of Yorkshire – Men’s Road Race (Stage 2), Harrogate, England.