£1000 grant to Savannah Morgan

Savannah bikeSavannah Morgan first started competing as a 10 year old in the field of triathlon. She competed for several years and soon realised that her bike times were quite good. On the back of this revelation, she had a go at some local crit racing in 2013 and eventually rode in the Dolan series and CDNW races.

In 2014 Savannah joined Liverpool Century CC and started crit racing around the North West, gaining some results as well as starting to train on the Velodrome.

2015 was a breakthrough year for Savannah which involved her winning the Dolan series at Victoria Park and competing in the Youth Tour of Scotland with the “Cycle Wright” team. By the summer, she had gained enough youth A points to be able t ride in the E1234 races where she successfully gained wins throughout the season.

Savannah was also picked for the Hoy Future Stars races at the Revolution series following finishing 9ths in the points race at the National Youth Track Championships.

By October 2015 Savannah was ranked 3rd overall nationally in the under 16 girls until she suffered a serious accident at the Velodrome which resulted in a broken elbow and ruled her out of the Revolution series. Despite the accident she still managed to hold onto 5th place in the national rankings and gained her CAT 2 licence for 2016.

Not one to be put off and ever determined, Savannah overcame her injuries and rode in Glasgow at the Revolution series (under doctors orders to “not fall off”).

2016 sees 16year old Savannah riding for Team 22 WRT, a North West based women’s road racing team. So far she has finished 10th on the 1st stage and 15th on the 2nd stage of the Holme Valley 2 day event and thus 2nd Junior overall as well as finishing 1st and 2nd at local Criterium races.

Recently Savannah has ridden in the first ever junior women’s road race where she was just beaten in the uphill sprint finish but gained an excellent 4th position against some of the best juniors in the country. She also raced in the prestigious Lincoln GP against some of the country’s best elite women as well as racing up the infamous cobbled road of Michaelgate.

Savannah aims to be able to ride competitively at 2/3 day events but has been struggling due to the lack of a time trial bike. Her family were unable to purchase a TT bike together with the bike already purchased for the forthcoming season as well as all the race entry fees and travel expenses associated with her racing. The Dave Hitchen Fund stepped in and provided Savannah with £1000 which was used towards the purchase a TT bike from Dolan.

Savannah says “I would like to thank the Dave Hitchen Fund & Dolan for helping to contribute towards a time trial bike which will help me to take my fitness and breakaway ability to the next level over the coming months by competing in the TT events around the North West and hopefully achieving my aim of becoming one of the country’s best junior riders in 2016/2017 before then moving to the senior category in 2018.”

We can’t wait to read about Savannahs success over the rest of the season and it sounds like she will definitely be a name to watch out for in the future.

You can find out more about the Dave Hitchen Fund at http://www.epickidz.co.uk/dave-hitchen-fund


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