ONE youngster’s dream of becoming a professional cyclist has come a step nearer.
In February 2012, Geoff Brant, from Birkenhead North End Cycling Club, was invited to coach University Academy Birkenhead’s cycling club with a grant from Sport England.
Pupil Ashley Maloney attended every after school session – and in July last year he joined the Birkenhead North End Cycling Club and was regularly riding every Saturday morning and covering distances up to 50 miles.
Ashley competed in the British Cycling ‘Go-Ride’ which was designed for novice riders under 16, Ashley won on several occasions.
Mountain bike experience has included rides in Delamere Forest and Llandegla Forest where Ashley took part in the cross country mountain bike race in 2012.
Last year Ashley trained at the Litherland closed circuit, raced in the Knowsley velodrome youth league this year and has attended several coaching session at the Manchester velodrome where he is almost ready to become an accredited rider, hopefully able to race in the ACT Youth League in 2014.
Ashley is extremely proud of his achievements and cycles up to 100 miles every week and said: “I am really grateful to my school for giving me the chance to experience something new.
“My ambition now is to be a professional cyclist”.
UAB principal Geraint Parry said: “It is wonderful to see Ashley taking the opportunity he was given at UAB and progressing his natural talent further.”