Young Sam Martin continues to impress

There’s a lot of racing going on at the moment by club members and it’s hard to keep track of what everyone is up to, at what is now the height of the cycle race and TT season.

One such person is young 14 year old club junior Sam Martin, who’s had a busy last couple of months, with a mixture of regional and national level races, as far afield as Petersfield in Hampshire to Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast.

His performances in regional events have continued to impress and have led to his selection for the Central Region team for the British Cycling Inter-Regional Championships in September. Of the 22 regional-level races he’s done this year, he’s been in the top-three an incredible 19 times, with 9 wins at Hillingdon, Mallory Park, Solihull, Milton Keynes and Leicester. He now sits 13th in the under-16 national rankings with 124 points.

Sam on his way to winning the Melton Olympic CC crit at the Leicester Cycle Circuit on Sunday

The step up to national level racing has been a big challenge, with May and June having the National Championships at Bradford, and National Youth Series events at Scarborough, York and Gravesend. Undeterred by a crash on the second stage of the four stage London 2-day event at Gravesend, which put him off the bike for a couple of weeks, he’s very motivated to step up his performances in the bigger events next year.

The road season is slowly winding down, with only a few more opportunities remaining through the summer. Focus has now turned back to time trialling, with the National Youth 10mile Championships in September. And now of course there’s cyclocross and indoor track coming up for the winter. Sam is clearly one talented, motivated and very busy boy.

Thank you to father Graham for this update.