After competing in my first ever elite international cyclocrosss races I couldn’t be happier with my performance, and my progression during my first year as an U23. This opportunity to compete in Bredene and Baal in Belgium wouldn’t of been possible with out the support and funding of rideforcharlie.
Thank you so much for supporting me so that I was able to go over to race in Belgium. It was one of the best experiences, racing against many of the top names in the sport and with thousands of spectators lining the course it was crazy but absolutely incredible.
All these races were a great experience for me and I’m extremely lucky to have been able to ride in Charlie’s memory and with funding from the charity.
On the Saturday evening we raced the LRC Cup in Vichte which was floodlit! The course was really good & went through the noisy beer tent (which was where the hurdles were placed)
On the way home after a great week of racing in Belgium. I competed in 3 races: Superprestige Diegem, Ethias Cross Bredene and GP Sven Nys in Baal. Happy to have finished the week with a 21st, 4th and 9th place junior and loads of experience gained.
On the weekend before Christmas I raced Waaslandcross in Belgium. I loved the close and fast racing which is different to the UK. I was gridded back row of 77 riders and moved up to finish 35th, riding in the spirit of my good friend Charlie.
Charlie was a special boy who went to sleep on Friday the 20 January and didn’t wake up, he was 15. He left his family and friends in a state of shock and an incredible hole in our hearts. We miss him more every day.
Our aim is to support young off road cyclists,who are or would have been inspired by Charlie to follow in his pedal strokes. Our vision is to allocate funding to self motivated young individuals, who will be appraised for eligibility by the trustees.
We want to hear from young boys and girls age 14 and above who ride off- road bikes and have been inspired by stories of Charlie and his life.