Oliver’s ready to take it to the max

Velo Club Rutland rider Jonny Lloyd
Velo Club Rutland rider Jonny Lloyd

RUTLAND cyclist Oliver Maxwell insists there is plenty of room for improvement despite claiming two medals at the Olympic Velodrome in the Sainsbury’s School Games.

The Catmose College pupil claimed a tandem 200m sprint bronze as well as third in the kilometre race on the final day at the Olympic Park with race partner, Leicestershire’s Luke White.

With the world’s best set to embark on the same venue in less than three months, Maxwell admits it was the opportunity of a lifetime to race on the Velodrome track. But despite only climbing onto a tandem six weeks ago, the Velo Club Rutland rider claims there is better to come from the pair.

“We’ve both really enjoyed it, but we’ve got a lot of developing to do,” he said.

“I’m slightly disappointed with the results in the Velodrome but we’ve only ridden together a few times so I think we set quite a reasonable time in both races, I’m quite proud of it.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, it’s the best thing I’ve ever experienced and I think this could be the start of a great partnership.”

In total Maxwell and White finished with five medals after claiming a silver and two bronzes on the road earlier in the week at Redbridge Cycling Centre.

The England East Midlands pair’s only slip-up came in the road race, but Maxwell insists the fourth-placed finish can serve as a learning curve.

He added: “We’ve done great overall, the first day was a bit rough because we went on to the grass in the road race, but the last few days have been brilliant.”

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games was held at the Olympic Park and other venues with school-aged elite athletes competing across 12 sports.

l OAKHAM’S Amelia Cambridge raced to a podium finish in the fourth round of the Midlands Mountain Bike series on Sunday.

Cambridge, along with Rebecca Cunnell and Jonny Lloyd, was riding for Velo Club Rutland with another Oakham rider, Ryan Henry racing for Run and Ride Events.

Riders competed over a gruelling course that featured several steep climbs at Hanchurch Woods near Stoke-on-Trent.

Henry, racing in the Elite category, just missed a podium spot, finishing fourth in the Elite male category but Cambridge, in the Expert category, went one better, taking third place. Lloyd finished 23rd in the Sport category and Cunnell was 6th in the Sport female category.

A week earlier Velo Club riders took part in the Wiggle Enduro 6 mile race at Catton Park, Staffordshire.

Riding in the men’s pairs category Lloyd teamed up with Andy Hart to complete 10 laps in 23rd position out of 108 teams. In the women’s pairs, Cambridge and Cunnell completed eight laps in 6 hours 28 minutes to take second place.

Velo Club Rutland riders will be in action at Spanhoe Aerodrome tomorrow in the first round of the Friday Night Summer Series races.