White-hot John races to snatch top cycle prize

John White in action
John White in action

A YOUNG cyclist is quickly ramping up as one to watch, for those who can see him as he whizzes by.

John White is only seven years old and is already showing signs of being a cycle speedway talent to keep tabs on as he carves out a reputation as one of his club’s brightest stars.

The Marus Bridge Primary School pupil raced to the British Youth and Junior League Championship for his age group last weekend in the final round of the series at Newport – becoming the latest in a proud line of champions from his Astley and Tyldesley club.

Although a Wiganer, the Astley track is nearest for his chosen sport, but the talented speedster is undaunted by carrying the mantle for his town, as he demonstrated at his latest race meeting by qualifying for the A Final for the eighth time in as many rounds.

With an 11-point championship lead, the feat secured the championship for White and - with the burden of staying ahead of the chasing pack officially off his shoulders - he stormed to a fourth placed finish to stay nine points ahead of his rivals.

Beaming mum Catherine said: “We are immensely proud of John’s achievements this season so far.

“He is a credit to his club and always puts 100 per cent in training and when racing.

“It has involved of travelling from Edinburgh to Ipswich, Hull to Newport but John and his team mates have raced with heart and huge smiles on their faces. The sport is fast and furious but the sportsmanship of the riders and clubs is fun and friendly.”

White had also been part of the under-10s team which finished runners-up in the British Team Championships this season.

And he was also runner-up to team mate Jow Quarmby in the under-10 Manchester League Individual competition and a finalist in the British under-10 Individual, further demonstrating his ability to impress against competitors older than he is at a high standard of racing.