HOT prospect Charley Calvert is tipped for future cycling success, having beaten some of the country’s top competition already this year.
The 14-year-old from Christchurch recently won a silver medal at the National Youth Omnium Track Cycling Championships near London.
And Calvert has high hopes for success at time trialling (TT) as well.
He won the regional U14 Youth 10-mile TT event in June and goes forward to the National Championships in September where he is hoping for a medal in his age category.
Calvert has already beaten all the seniors at the Bournemouth Arrow’s Club 10-mile TT Championships this year with a time of 22mins 53secs at an average speed of 26mph.
The Track Omnium, cycling’s version of the decathlon, requires skills in sprinting, bunch racing and time trialling (TT) and Calvert’s versatility is ideally suited to the event.
Calvert followed up his Track Omnium success with a win at the Winchester Criterium races earlier this month.
In June, Calvert was placed second at the national road circuit series in London.
Calvert, a pupil at Bourne-mouth School, is a member of the Bournemouth Arrow’s Youth Development Squad coached by Dave Gilham, Anne Stevens and Alan McRae.
“Charley has huge potential and has one foot on the ladder to fulfilling it,” said McRae.
“In the past few years Arrow riders have gone on to represent their country and even ride the Tour de France.”
Calvert trains with the Arrow at Bournemouth’s velodrome at Ensbury Park.
The facilities, part funded by Bournemouth Council, opened two years ago and give youth and senior riders the opportunity to train on a national standard track which recently hosted a round of the National Women’s Omnium Series.