Aspiring Braunton cyclist mixes with the world’s best

16:24 14 August 2014

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Braunton's Rosa Serret

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Prudential RideLondon gives Rosa Serret a weekend to remember

BRAUNTON’S Rosa Serret admitted being roared down the home straight on The Mall by hordes of fans at the Prudential RideLondon Youth Grand Prix would live long in the memory.

The 16-year-old was one of just 43 talented young cyclists picked to contest the Youth Grand Prix in front of thousands of cycling fans who lined the route in support in the capital.

The 45-minute race followed a 1.3-mile loop around St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace and saw 12 teams from regions across the UK compete for a £4,250 pool of prize money.

It was also the same route followed by some of the world’s best females just minutes earlier, including world champion Marianne Vos and double Olympic champion Laura Trott, for the Women’s Grand Prix.

And Serret, who finished 41st for the South West girls’ team, admitted racing around closed roads in London had been an experience to savour despite coming into difficulties during the race.

“The start went really well, I did one attack going off the front and then unfortunately 15 minutes in I crashed,” said the former Braunton Academy pupil.

“I came off my bike, my chain came off and I lost a spoke but once the group came round again, I just got onto the back of them.

“My knee and my elbow were getting quite sore but I didn’t come last so that is the main thing – and I still had a smile on my face.

“The crowd was so nice. I had my thumbs up and they were helping me on. It was my first national race ever so it was nice to get stuck in despite crashing.”

In the end it was the North West girls’ team who would come out with top honours ahead of Serret, with their four riders picking up the best combined results for a £500 bonus.

Serret’s South West outfit would finish third overall and the aspiring Braunton cyclist was already eying up a victorious return in 2015.

“Next year I will go again, I’ve got a pretty heavy schedule for winter training so I will do that and come back bigger and better next year,” she added.

“I can’t believe I raced the same roads as the likes of Laura Trott, I met all of them before the race and I just wanted to get stuck in afterwards.

“I would love to follow in their footsteps but I think it will take a long time.”

To find out more about Prudential RideLondon, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.

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