Inspirational Ryan makes it look easy
12th October 2017
Not being able to hear hasn’t put young Solihull cyclist William Ryan off his two pedals.
Ryan, who lives in Coventry, races for Solihull Cycling Club’s Under 14s category and has had to overcome significant challenges to reach the level he is at.
The 13-year-old has finished in the top five riders in three of the opening five rounds of the West Midlands Cyclocross Series.
His form was so good, the youngster even competed at the opening round of the National Trophy Cyclocross Series in Derby on Sunday, where he rode against the best Under 14s riders in the country.
Though the competition was stiff, William finished a remarkable 25th from a field of 65 in his first ever national race.
Proud father Gez said: “William always enjoyed messing about on a mountain bike but we didn’t know he had competitive potential until his school took him to the Banjo Cycles Summer Cyclocross in 2013.
“He won each week and the organisers said he was a talented young rider.”
Since joining Solihull Cycling Club, the whizz kid has proved a hit on track and learns his craft by observing other riders and lip-reading his coach’s comments.
Asked about future ambitions, Ryan said he wants to compete in the biggest race of them all – the Tour de France.
He said: “I love racing my bikes.
“I enjoy cyclocross, track and closed circuit racing.
“My ambition is to race in the Tour de France and compete in track at the Olympics.”Solihull Observer Link
Stewart denied podium spot by a whisker in Norway
28th September 2017
Former Solihull Cycling Club racer Jake Stewart was denied a podium position in the World Junior Road Race Championships by the width of a tyre.
During the closing stages of the 150km race, Stewart was in the peloton chasing down a small group of riders at the front of the field.
From nowhere, he burst through the pack, igniting a challenge for the lead.
But he couldn’t quite round a pair of Italian riders and was forced to settle for fifth at Johansen from Denmark took the honours.
Based in Coventry, Stewart will now step up to Under 23 level next season.
And Solihull Cycling Club president Guy Elliott heaped praise on his former team member.
He said: “Congratulations from every single club member go out to Jake Stewart who has achieved one of the finest racing successes in the history of our club.
“The result caps an outstanding season in which Jake has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions.
“We also hope all our club coaches will take a moment to step back and reflect that without all their hard work none of this would have happened so well done to them all.”
After scooping a silver medal for Team GB at the European Championships in Team Pursuit earlier this year, Stewart has gone on to secure medals on the road and on track – including the British National Madison Championship title with his partner Rhys Britton.
He said: “The lads did a good job today and it’s a shame I couldn’t finish it off and win the bunch sprint but that’s how the legs were and it was a tough race.
“It’s not a bad result.”Solihull Observer Link
Solihull racer Knight signals title intent with dominant win in Birmingham
12th September 2017
Star cyclist Jacob Knight sent a message of intent to his West Midlands Cyclo Cross League rivals by storming to the chequered flag in Birmingham.
Knight finished 34 seconds ahead of twin brother Harrison in Round Two of the championships, which was hosted Pype Hayes Park.
Nearly 40 Solihull riders represented the club as Knight took the lead during the second lap of eight following a shaky start which saw him relegated to eighth place after the first corner.
But Knight quickly made his way through the front riders and took full advantage of Barnes going into the pits to never lose to lead, extending it lap after lap.
It was a powerful 53 minute demonstration of cyclo cross riding from the 17-year-old on a tough course that suited the Knight brothers.
Knight said: “I felt good out there today.
“The course suited my strengths and once I took the lead on the second lap, I kept extending it.
“I’m looking forward to racing at Henley next week.”
Robin Fox, Solihull CC cyclo cross coach, said: “Cyclo cross has seen a huge increase in popularity in the last ten years.
“The club has been keen to keep up with this explosion.
“It’s an important part of the Solihull CC development pathway for its riders as the format provides a safe and fun introduction to competitive cycling for younger riders.
“The club continues to have local, national and international success in cyclocross in youth and junior categories and the performances of all the riders in the West Midlands league demonstrates the strength in depth the club continues to develop across the board.”
Other standout performances came from Rose Neely, who finished second in the Girls’ Under 8s race, while Max Saunders and Ben Woodhouse finished seventh and ninth in the U12s race.
Ella Tandy came home fourth in the U12s while a strong ride from William Ryan helped him bag fifth in the U14s.Solihull Observer Link