HIGH Wycombe Cycling Club’s rising star George Clark smashed a club record and set what is likely to be the best junior time in the country over 25 miles on Sunday – and he did in in the rain and wind.
The 16-year-old, tipped for the top in the Bucks Free Press last week, was competing in the Real Team 25-mile time trial on the Vale of Neath in South Wales.
He blitzed his way to the overflow title, beating 85 other riders from around the country, while his time of 52 minutes and 12 seconds would have been good enough for fourth place in the main 120-strong senior field.
Club president Gordon Wright said: “This was an athletic performance of huge proportions, and is almost certainly the years fastest junior 25-mile time in the UK.”
Meanwhile, his time was more than two minutes faster than Wycombe’s previous club recorrd.
Bizarrely, that was set in 1983 by his dad Richard, and stood at 54 mintues and 23 seconds.
Meanwhile, Clark’s time was ten minutes quicker than his best last summer and underlines the staggering progress he his making in such a short space of time.
He will be back in action again in the High Wycombe CC Good Friday ten-mile time trial in Marlow.
Junior team-mates Jim Austin, Ben Croxford and Ollie Blagden will join him in a high-quality 100-strong field.