Exmouth cyclist Will Tidball looking at an exciting year ahead

PUBLISHED: 16:59 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 10 January 2018

Will Tidball on the podium at the senior national Madison championships.

Will Tidball on the podium at the senior national Madison championships.

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Exmouth cyclist Will Tidball is looking at the next 12 months with real confidence.

In the final month of 2017 he secured his first national senior cycling medal when he raced at the Olympic Velodrome, where, in a high-quality field that included the best track cyclists in the country, he bagged a bronze medal in the senior national Madison championships.

During 2018 Will is scheduled to race the European/World Track Championships, World Road Championships, Paris Rouxbaix junior, Gent Wevelgem as well as national senior races such as the junior tour of Wales that take place in August.

It’s also a busy year off the track for the youngster as he continues his A-level studies – and saving for his first car!

Looking back to 2017, it brought a mixed year for the teenager for he broke his ankle in August.

Will says: “The rehabilitation process has been hard and slow, but finally I feel I’m back and beyond where I was before the accident.

“This was the first major set-back through serious injury I’ve had to overcome.

“However, with the support of British Cycling and Ocean Physio I was able to deal with it positively and move forward.”

The past three months have been a particularly busy period, something he explained saying: “ In the last three months I competed at the most historic track event in the world, the Gent Sis Day meeting where my racing partner [Ethan] and I competed over six days, racing 240 laps a night and getting dizzy in the process!

“This event was an U23 event and competed just before the pro’s raced. The pro race was won by Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins the year previous.

“Despite this being the age category above us, me and my partner managed to take the track record for the 500m TT.

“It certainly felt pretty cool to have my name in the history books on such an iconic track. Overall we finished fifth, but learnt lots and took lots away from my first race back after the injury.”

The first month of 2018 will see Will at the international track meet in Appledorn (Holland) in January and, at the end of the month he will be competing at the national senior track championships being held in Manchester.

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