Sheffield’s budding Bradley Wiggins pedal-powers to victory

Cyclist Tom Scott, aged 9, of Handsworth, Sheffield, won the Yorkshire Regional Cyclo Cross Under 9 race.
Cyclist Tom Scott, aged 9, of Handsworth, Sheffield, won the Yorkshire Regional Cyclo Cross Under 9 race.
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Young Sheffield cyclist Tom Scott has pedal-powered his way to victory in a British Schools Cycling Association competition.

The budding Bradley Wiggins was among a strong field of bike-mad youngsters who made their way around a wet and muddy course on Sunday.

Cyclist Tom Scott, aged 9, of Handsworth, Sheffield, won the Yorkshire Regional Cyclo Cross Under 9 race, with a muddy win at the British Schools Cycling Association competition held at Spen Valley, Huddersfield on Sunday 16th February.

Cyclist Tom Scott, aged 9, of Handsworth, Sheffield, won the Yorkshire Regional Cyclo Cross Under 9 race, with a muddy win at the British Schools Cycling Association competition held at Spen Valley, Huddersfield on Sunday 16th February.

The event was cyclo cross - described as cross country on bicycles - and was held at Spen Valley in Huddersfield.

Proud mum Sharon Scott said: “It’s a very wet and muddy sport and usually involves jumping on and off your bike and going over hills and tricky terrain.

“The course was deep mud. There was a lot of jumping off the bike and pushing it around.

“True grit was needed - there was nothing fun about that course - but the kids all got stuck in.”

More than 25 boys and girls competed in Tom’s race, which lasted about 15 minutes.

The nine-year-old, from Handsworth, took the lead in the first 50 metres and managed to increase the margin as the race progressed.

He crossed the line with a comfortable win in the Under Nine race and said he was ‘over the moon’.

Tom represented Athelstan Primary School. His brother Harry, aged six, and sister Amy, aged seven, also took part.

The youngster will now take part in the national championships in Worcester next month.

Sharon said: “He started racing when he was about six and he has done really well.

“His dad cycles but we figure that by the time Tom’s 12 - or maybe even before that - he’ll be beating him!

“British cycling at the moment is just great.

“With the Tour coming to Yorkshire, and all the buzz from the Olympics, it’s gaining a lot of popularity, and it’s great to see so many kids taking part in cycling events like this.”