Exmouth cyclist Will Tidball on track to the top of the sport

PUBLISHED: 20:37 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 20:38 20 January 2017

Exmouth teenager William Tidball in his GB kit with bike

Exmouth teenager William Tidball in his GB kit with bike

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William Tidball is seemingly in the fast lane to success.

The 16-year-old attends Exmouth Community College and he has been named as one of three newcomers to the Elite Olympic Development Programme as well as TeamGB. William is currently doing his A levels and in his spare time he cycles and surfs.

Last November he finished a gruelling year of junior racing and ended up becoming National Points Race Champion.

He competed in the Youth Road and Track series driving once or twice a week to Newport to train as well as doing, on average, some 10 hours a week around the roads on East Devon.

Will was new to the drop handlebars racing scene, but not new to Cycling having been Cycle Speedway National Champ 7 times since the age of eight years old for Exeter Aces CS Club.

He joined the local CS Dynamos and commenced racing moving from the Junior Team to 1st Chard Wheelers in late 2015.

Will went to Scarborough in late August and won the hill climb there cementing him as one of the best all-round riders in his age group.

The rewards were a place on team GB and also a team place in the cycling team .

He has just returned to his Exmouth home after a spell in Appledoorn in Holland where he was racing with first year junior team mates against the second year GB team.

Will came back from his first competition having cycled to a second place finish in the Elimination race, a fifth in the Points race, a fifth in the Madison and a sixth in the new event of the Temporance - a new race ( most velodrome races are between 10 and 40 km ridden at speeds up to 60kmh!)

His Team Pursuit team finished fourth behind the other GB team, France and Denmark. They recorded a 4:17 time with the winners clocking 4:12.

What’s more the teams best time id 4:03 and that is just two seconds short of the current world record time held by New Zealand!

The team have set beating that time as their number one goal between now and 2018.

Will has learned loads from his first race and is now in preparation for the National Track Champs being held at the end of this month in Manchester.

Will is keen to thank a large group of people for their support in helping him get this far with the sport.

Particular thanks are due to his family, his school and Exmouth Cycles for supporting him.

His other sponsors are Finisterre, D and S Commissioning, SportsAid, Scott Bikes, 1st Chard Wheelers , Mark Marshall Trust, My Lotto, Dr. Katherine Vickery Chiropractor, Matt Round Photography, Maltdesign and Pro-Site Engineering.

You can follow Will’s progress on his facebook athlete page to be found at www.facebook.com/WillTidball1066/

Sponsorship and funding is vital to Will’s continuing success and additional sponsors are always so very welcome. If you think you are able to help the youngster then please, in the first instance, contact his father David Tidball by email at tids@me.com

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