A change of team and training regime helped Tom Chandler make a perfect start to the 2015 road season at Darley Moor on Saturday.
Riding for Sherwood Pines SRAM RT, the Old Dalby rider was keen to get some local racing experience in the senior events ahead of his first national junior race.
Typical Darley Moor weather meant a cold and windy race, but the race was fast from the start with the main group giving away little advantage to anyone who tried to break away.
Chandler launched a few attacks around the Derbyshire circuit and also joined other breakaways, but they were soon swallowed up by the peloton.
With about five laps left, he decided to sit in the bunch and preserve his energy for a late assault.
Going into the last lap, Chandler manoeuvred his way into a strong position and in contention, but found himself on the front going into the final corner.
He said: “It’s not somewhere you should ideally be with a fairly long straight to the finish line.
“I decided there was not much else to do, but give it everything I had!”
Chandler opened a gap of about two bike lengths which proved just enough to hold back the chasing riders.
Three front runners had to lunge for the line, but the 16-year-old was awarded the win in a photo finish.
Next weekend, Chandler heads to Manchester for his last night of track league competition before tackling the opening round of the East Midlands Road Race League on Sunday.