Yorkshire and Sportscover Altura RT rider Ollie Wood, who is part of the teams Haribo Academy, has been selected for the Great Britain Squad who will compete in the Junior Paris Roubaix. The Paris Roubaix is one of the “Classic’s Races”, a monumental one day race that sees the worlds best cyclists race over gruelling cobbles and is nicknamed “Hell of the North”. Organised by ASO, the same body that operate the Tour de France, the junior event sees 120 of the worlds best junior cyclists race 2 hours ahead of the senior race on the last 100km of the same demanding course.
Ollie, named as part of a 6 man squad, is one of the youngest competitors in the race but recent form has earned his spot alongside Jon Dibben who finished 4th in last years event. They will travel out on April 6th and recce sections of the course on the Saturday before the start on Sunday 8th April.
Speaking with Ollie it is clearly something he has been training for and is in good shape. Having just completed an intensive weekend with the Olypmic Development Programme he will ride in team colours for the first major road race of the year on March 25th before gearing up for the Paris-Roubaix. On returning he will travel straight back to Newport for another training camp on the Velodrome and then onto the second round of the Junior Road Race Series with his fellow Haribo Academy riders.
This is positive for the whole team and also BBM Revolution CC, which has created a full performance pathway that will allow other young riders to get into the sport in a structured environment. Cyclists as young as 4 year old are being coached on a Monday evening at Knottingley High School and anyone wishing to get involved at any level of cycling can learn more at Team Sports Cover or at BBM Revolution CC.