A Thetford cyclist, who has only been racing competitively for two years, is in line for a shot at fame and fortune in the gruelling Tour de France.
Brandon Thorne, a sixth-former at Thetford Academy, is 16 – two years away from being allowed to enter – but his race results last year caught the eyes of the professionals.
Impressed with his times, two household names in cycling – Mark Cavendish and Dan Lloyd – have scouted him.
In a road race in London, he won his age category and came fourth overall against 15,000 competitors.
He completed a three-day race last season in 19 hours, with professionals finishing in 18 hours.
Thorne – who eats a diet made up mostly of carbohydrates and protein – trains six days a week with time trials, a 25-mile ride or a long trip of six to seven hours in the saddle.
His next big race is 115 miles at Newmarket in February.
Already sponsored by Bike Art of Thetford, he is looking for more community or business support with racing bicycles starting at £1,200, as well as the cost of entering races.
Thorne, who is taking a sports studies course at the academy, is planning 52 days of racing next season – at weekends and school holidays.
He rides with Thetford MTB racing and started competitively in 2011.
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