SOLIHULL Cycling Club’s Jack Ravenscroft has been selected to represent Britain in the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Kentucky in the United States this weekend.
The 16-year-old rode strongly to get a superb second place in the recent National Championships in Bradford and it was on the strength of this performance that the Solihull rider gained selection for his country in the United States.
Ravenscroft is already a familiar face to those at British Cycling as he’s part of the Olympic Development Programme for mountain biking - but his naturally gifted bike handling skills suit him to the technical discipline of cyclo-cross.
Riders will face mud, wet grass, sand, even snow on the courses in Kentucky as well as obstacles which will require dismounts and jumps whilst remaining in control of the bike.
For Ravenscroft it’s a chance of a lifetime, not only to race against the world’s best, but to travel too.
“When I realised the Worlds were in Kentucky I knew I had to make the team. The Americans are serious about their cyclo-cross and I can’t wait to pit myself against their best,” he said.
The traditional cyclo-cross powerhouses of Belguim and Holland will once again be strongly represented in the state more famous for its secret chicken recipes, but if Ravenscroft can repeat the form he’s shown at the recent national championships he’ll give them a run for his money.
Meanwhile Solihull CC team-mate Dimitrov Preslav has secured the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League title for Junior riders.
The Henley-in-Arden schoolboy has capped a wonderfully consistent series by finishing second at the final round last Sunday at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton.
It’s been a great week for the 15-year-old who’s just discovered that he’s been declared Bulgarian National Cyclo-Cross Champion. Preslav, whose father still lives in Bulgaria will wear the Bulgarian Champion’s jersey in the summer cyclo-cross series in Worcester in July.
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