Caldwell teen cyclist becomes British champion

Ben Partridge.

A young Richmondshire cyclist has become the U14 British Youth Circuit Champion.

Ben Partridge, 14, from Caldwell, earned the title after competing in seven rounds across the country.

As well as competing in the national youth events, including races in Brands Hatch, the Isle of Man and Pembrey, the Richmond School pupil has also taken part in the School Games, representing the North East.

Ben was delighted to be third-fastest in the street sprints, a huge achievement as he was the youngest of all 48 boys taking part, most of whom were 15 and 16.

Ben said: “The last few months have been back-to-back cycling and the intensity of training has been immense.

“Ahead of the last two rounds, I was in pole position but I couldn’t be complacent as my peers are really strong and committed, so the pressure was on to maintain my lead.”

Ben is a member of the Hetton Hawks Cycling Club, near Sunderland, and his training programme is not for the faint-hearted.

He is out training most days, ramping up many hours in a week.

Ben is aiming high and hopes to be represent Team GB, at both World Championship and Olympic events.

Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s head of community sport Tony Potter said: “We predicted in May that Ben would deliver further success, so it comes as no surprise that he is a national winner, continuing his unbeatable levels of performance at elite level.

“We look forward to watching Ben go from strength to strength, there really is no stopping him.”