Giles powers to Goodwood series success

Portsmouth North End talent Owen Giles
Portsmouth North End talent Owen Giles
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OWEN GILES finished powerfully to clinch the SwiftCarbon Southdown Velo Goodwood Series.

The Portsmouth North End talent took the under-14 boys’ title ahead of runner-up George Sloan.

Giles won four of the nine rounds – including two of the last three – to snatch the crown from his VC Jubilee rival.

Caitlin Peters dominated the under-14 girls’ competition.

The Fareham Wheelers starlet won all eight races she entered as she breezed to glory over Eden Veranda’s Abby Manley.

Success continued at under-16 girls’ level as i-Team’s Victoria Lovett netted three race wins on her way to the silverware.

Fellow Wheeler Alex Collins was runner-up in the under-16 boys’ category, as Edward Hatfield took the honours.

Fareham’s strong showing was also evident in the under-12 girls’ event as Izzy Brickell, who won five rounds, was second to Madeline Cooper.

Five wins and a second place were enough for i-Team’s Adam Potter to cruise clear of Southdown Velo’s runner-up Jonathan Vickers at under-12 boys’ level.

The host club were second in the under-10 girls’ series with Charlottle Vickers, who only found Melissa Cooper too good.

But they did taste success in the under-eight boys’ championship as Sebastien Fenmor Collins beat Tristan Farrer, of i-Team, into second spot.

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons claimed the elite title as Team Wiggle capped a fine one-two with team time trial glory in the 10th round.

Andy Shackel, from Portsmouth, was runner-up to Simmons, who topped the podium on six occasions throughout the series.