This summer saw Morgan Curle, now in Year 11, win his age category at the regional GHS Time Trial finals (run on the A37 course near Dursely) to become the West District 10 mile Time Trial Champion for 15 year old boys.  This took him to the national finals on 10 September in Warwickshire, where he rode well given the non-stop rain, but not his PB, his time was around 22 mins 50 for the 10 miles.

 

With road racing he picked up a good win after a 25 minute solo break in Bath at the Odd Down Circuit at the end of July, and gained his dispensation to being racing in senior (adult) races.  His first outing being an Elite/1/2 race at Castle Combe, where he rode extremely well and often riding at the front of the peloton and chasing breaks.

He has enjoyed 3 top 10 placings in senior races in the last few weeks, and his attention is now on the hill climb season and a solid winter of training before embarking on his first year as a junior with his team - BCDS. As a junior he will begin racing on open road courses as opposed to closed circuits, something he is really looking forward to where there is a good possibility of racing in Europe.

Morgan also won the junior section of a WTTA Hill Climb at Burrington Combe on Sunday 18 September. The event was organised by the T1Diabetes Race Team, and is part of a series under the WTTA that sees riders compete up hills in the area over a number of weekends.  The Burrington Hill Climb is 3.2 km in distance and he managed to reach the top in 7mins and 51 seconds, some 14 seconds clear of the next best junior.

 His next hill climbs are Burrington Combe and Blagdon (two in one event) on 1 October, followed by Claverton Hill in Bath on the 2 October. That aside, it is lots of strength work and winter miles as he builds for his first season or road racing and the national junior tour series.

Morgan’s sister Laura, who is 12, is also producing great results, and she also gained her dispensation to race up to U16 level.  Although she is young at the moment, she hasn’t looked out of place picking up two second places and a third in this age category whilst, crashes aside, finishing in the top 10 at National Series events at U14 level, and remaining the top ranked female Southern Rider in the U14 age group.

For next season Morgan will race as part of a junior team, Bristol Cycling Development Squad’s new Junior Academy Team. Who knows where it will lead in the future, but further sponsorship will be welcome to achieve his ambitions.  It is certainly an exciting journey for Morgan at the moment.

We wish him all the best of luck for the coming season.

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