Thompson excels in international company in Austria

Mike Thompson, 17, tackles the tough Austrian conditions
Mike Thompson, 17, tackles the tough Austrian conditions

Mike Thompson rode for Great Britain at the world mountain bike championships in Saafelden, Austria, finishing in 58th position ahead of 62 international riders.

Mike, a first year junior rider at 17 years of age, was picked by British Cycling to represent his country after finishing both the British National Mountain Bike Championships and the season long National Mountain Bike Cross Country series in second place.

The race in Austria consisted of five laps of a 4.5km course including steep gruelling climbs and technical descents. Starting at position 65 on the grid it was always going to be difficult to make ground on the front riders but he managed to avoid the mayhem and the crashes at the start. Mike got away well and he was soon making his way up the field of riders.

Towards the end of the first lap he was involved in a crash after misjudging a corner, his chain came off and he lost 10 places.

Mike rode consistently for the next two laps but in the final lap he tired slightly in the 30 degree heat, dropping another four places.

Mike was pleased with his ride in his first International championships, he values the experience he gained for competing at international level in the future.

Mike would like to take this opportunity to thank TEF transport and Richardsons Cycling Club for all their sponsorship and support, this has helped to make Mike’s first year as a junior very successful and enjoyable.

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