Welwyn Wheelers ace follows in Mark Cavendish’s footsteps
PUBLISHED: 09:48 06 May 2013
HERTS teen cycling star Jack Plumley attended the British Cycling Awards dinner to collect his trophy for being the 2012 U14 National Track champion, an accolade one of his heroes, GB star Mark Cavendish, won in 1999.
The 15-year-old Welwyn Wheelers member, who attends Richard Hale School, is on the The Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme, the scheme provides services and offers support to young talented athletes across the county.
After the awards ceremony, the teenager said: “I was really happy to win the gold medal and National Jersey, but when I went to the British Cycling champions’ dinner and was presented with the trophy, I was even more pleased to see Mark’s [Cavendish] name on the trophy as the 1999 winner.”
The ambitious cyclist hopes one day he will be inspiring youngsters to strive for reaching the sport’s elite.
“Hopefully one day in the future another winner will see my name there and say ‘wow, it’s Jack Plumley 2012’,” he added.
This year will be a learning curve for Jack as it is his first year as a Youth A rider, his goals are to achieve top 10 finishes.
Reaching the podium is not a primary objective as this season is more about trying new tactical ideas in preparation for the second year of racing in 2014.
It will be a tough year as many of the riders he will be up against will be significantly stronger and older, but Jack has the determination to persevere and do the best he can.
His development will continue with Welwyn Wheelers and on the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme, which provides him with strength and conditioning coaching, physiotherapy and workshops in areas such as sports psychology and injury prevention.
Visit www.hertssportsvillage.co.uk for further details about the Herts Talented Athlete Programme.
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