Cyclist takes on the world - starting at Rother Valley

SOUTH Yorkshire cycling ace Ben Swift is hoping to live up to his name when he sets out tomorrow to take on the world – on his own doorstep.

Tuesday, 11th September 2007, 3:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th September 2007, 8:48 am

Ben, aged 19, from South Anston, is 10th overall in this year’s Tour of Britain cycle race which started in Reading on Monday.

And tomorrow Ben, a member of the British Academy Under-23 squad, will be hoping to improve even more when he takes part in the next leg, which starts at Rother Valley Country Park and finishes in Bradford a few hours later.

The former Dinnington St Joseph’s pupil, a member of the Barloworld team, won the final stage of Italian race the Giro delle Regioni earlier this year. Ben said: “This was without doubt the biggest moment of my career. I have definitely moved up a level. Hopefully I can move up to the next step and get results more frequently but I am really happy with my form at the minute.”

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Dad Mark said: “He’s been cycling competitively for a long, long time and he’s basically geared his whole life towards where he is right now.”

Hundreds of schoolchildren and members of the public are expected to give the riders a rousing send-off as they leave Rother Valley at around 9.30am tomorrow.