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Pedal power puts Tomos fourth in Halesowen cycling classic

Pedal power puts Tomos fourth in Halesowen cycling classic

Halesowen Cycling Club are brimming with pride after talented teenager Tomos Pattinson’s tremendous result at a highly renowned international event. Halesowen Cycling Club welcomed talented…

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Halesowen Cycling Club are brimming with pride after talented teenager Tomos Pattinson’s tremendous result at a highly renowned international event. Halesowen Cycling Club welcomed talented youngsters from across the country for a round of the National Youth Omnium More than 50 riders did not finish the 117km Classic but Pattinson – a product of Halesowen’s academy and representing Tofauti Everyone Active as a guest – ended up just three minutes behind the winner.

Halesowen academy manager Will Fotheringham said: "It’s an astonishing achievement, especially considering Tomos is in his first year as a junior and competing against riders a year older than him.

"It was a 117km race and the name is legendary. It’s the oldest Classic in the world, so it’s a remarkable achievement for Tomos at this stage of his development.

"It’s not for the faint-hearted as junior international races are in a standard all of their own. There’s probably two or three times the riders as there would be at a British event, and it’s more risky and dangerous.

Pattinson’s impressive feat in Belgium – the race being won by Belgian rider Victor Hannes in 2.44.10 – followed on from an eighth-place finish at the Le Col Classic in Exeter last month.

"It’s a tribute to the coaching system and all the volunteers who put in so many hours at Halesowen," added Fotheringham.

"That’s down to the club and the way it’s run. Tomos has come right through the youth system, and that’s a fantastic thing."Meanwhile, some of the nation’s most talented […]

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