When it comes to young sportsmen, Tom Pidcock is one of this country’s most mercurial. Racing bicycles professionally since 2017 – he began in the amateur ranks aged seven – the Yorkshireman was crowned Olympic mountain bike champion in Japan last summer and, this January, World Champion in the cyclocross discipline.
And as if hitting the heights in those two cycling specialities wasn’t enough, the road racing career Pidcock embarked upon four years ago is finally beginning to pay dividends. Currently signed to the Ineos Grenadiers super team – which evolved from Team Sky, responsible for guiding countrymen Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to Tour de France glory – a successful 2021 is, should all go to plan, leading into an even brighter 2022.
One of the most remarkable things about Pidcock’s ascension is his versatility. The majority of bike racers soon specialise, focusing on one or two of the sport’s many facets. For example, cross country mountain biking – where he won Olympic gold during 2021 – is an off-road sport, each lap featuring steep climbs, rock strewn downhills and narrow, rutted tracks, with an entire race over in less than 90 minutes. Road racing, by complete contrast, is run on tarmac roads with a typical day of duelling lasting a non-stop five or six hours. The difference is like night and day, yet Pidcock excels at both. Throw in world beating cyclocross skills and an impressive ability to time trial (a solo race against the clock in […]