WEST Suffolk Wheelers and triathlon club member Alan Trolove was left delighted after racing to an encouraging 13th-place finish in the Future Stars under-16 boys’ race, held at the National Cycling Centre at Manchester Velodrome.
In the second event of the four-part revolution series, Trolove managed to avoid a crash involving some of his competitors in the first scratch race
to grab an 11th-place finish.
He followed this up with an impressive sixth place finish in the elimination race before finally racing to 13th in the points race, a huge improvement on his last outing in which he finished 21st.
As well as being pleased with his own performance, Trolove also enjoyed rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in cycling, including Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Alex Dowsett, Franco Marvulli and Magnus Backstedt, as well as one of the youngster’s sporting heroes, Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish, who were all competing at the Manchester event.
“I think the competition went really well for me,” he said.
“The races are very short and quick, which is something I’m not used because I prefer the longer endurance races, but I was really pleased with how I raced and it was good to claim one top 10 finish.
“It was a completely different environment to be in with people like Mark Cavendish racing.
“You never normally get the chance to see riders like that competing, so to be able to watch him was fantastic.”
Attention now turns to next two meetings of the revolution series, which continue in January, and Trolove is hoping he did enough to be selected for the team once again to compete for honours in the series’ final standings.
“Hopefully I will get the chance to race in the next two revolution meetings if I am picked,” he added.
“I have to get noticed by the head coaches, so hopefully I can continue to impress and make sure I am selected again.”