Joe Laverick from Scartho, North East Lincolnshire has become the fastest 16-year-old on a bike, measured over 10 miles, during only his second season of racing.
Competing on the V718 course in Hull, Joe (now 17) cycled the 10-mile route in 18 minutes and 50 seconds, which not only secured him the accolade of the fastest 16 year-old on a bike, but also the fourth fastest ever in the under-18 category. Joe was also just six seconds short of the junior national record.
Joe said: “I’ve just finished the first of two years in the junior ranks so will have another chance at the title next year. I’m training hard and aim to break national records as well as winning stage races at home and abroad. My goal is to be selected for the GB squad.”
Dave Evans from NEL Lindsey Go-Ride said: “It’s been a great honour to see Joe’s ability develop over the last couple of years. He’s establishing himself as a time trial specialist and the club is proud of his national title win in June and silver medal at nationals in September.”
The team at HMT St Hugh’s Hospital recognised the potential in Joe and has offered to support his development for the next season.
Gary Allington, Health Promotions Offer at St Hugh’s, said: “It’s always great to hear the individual stories from the people our health sponsorship programme is supporting. We’ve worked with NEL Lindsey Go-Ride for several years now and Joe is one of the early success stories.
“His passion for cycling and his drive to succeed should be applauded – it’s why we’re so keen to continue to support him as he moves into the next phase of his training.”
He recently signed for Belgian-based team Soenens Boom and is set to travel to the continent on weekends to train. Joe will continue to live in Scartho so that he’s able to continue with his A-levels at Caistor Grammar School.
On Saturday 25th November Joe was invited to the hospital alongside professional cyclists from JLT Condor for pre-season screening tests.
Consultants from Sport Wales put him through his paces during a strength and conditioning workout, a respiratory test, physio analysis, blood screening and an ECG. The results will be analysed and a plan will be put in place to help him to improve his performance in different ways.
Joe concluded: “I’m really pleased to receive the ongoing support from HMT St Hugh’s Hospital. As well as building on the support of NEL Lindsey Go-Ride, the funds will allow me to travel and compete in races across Europe.
“Next season is going to be tough but I’m hopeful that my training and determination will lead to a successful 2018.”