Sixth place shows Oli’s great potential

Oli Maxwell, 15, from Oakham, enjoyed a hard earned 6th place in the National Cyclocross Series at Shrewsbury. Ollie is pictured with his race mechanic Lawrence Green''Photo: SM160112-021ow
Oli Maxwell, 15, from Oakham, enjoyed a hard earned 6th place in the National Cyclocross Series at Shrewsbury. Ollie is pictured with his race mechanic Lawrence Green''Photo: SM160112-021ow

CYCLIST Oli Maxwell showed his great potential with a sixth place finish at the latest round of the U16 National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series.

The Oakham racer broke into the top 10 in a race featuring more than 50 riders at Shrewsbury on Sunday. He now sits 15th overall in the series despite missing the first round of six.

Fifteen-year-old Oli only took up racing two years ago, after being given his grandfather’s bike. Now riding in the Velo Club Rutland colours, Maxwell is chasing a dream to become a professional rider.

He said: “This was my first year in cyclo-cross and I started off doing OK but this last event on Sunday was the best yet. “It was a hard race, I enjoyed getting a good result.”

Cyclo-cross races are over mixed terrain and Sunday’s race lasted around 30 minutes with four laps of a four mile course.

Maxwell, who attends the Catmose College, added: “My trainer, Ian Penrose, trained me well and is pushing me harder and harder for this road race season.

“My mechanic, Lawrence has been at my past two events, working and helping me become a better rider and he will be attending nearly all of my races next year as well.”

Green, who is also a Velo Club rider, said: “He’s a future star with a big year ahead of him. He is riding against the best U16s in the county but he is quick. He’ll be an excellent road racer.”

Maxwell, who trains six days a week, will now turn his attention to road racing which resumes at the end of March

He added: “Hopefully I will have a good year in 2012 and can get into a competition team and maybe after that ride professionally.”

Velo Club Rutland meets several times a week with beginner rides on Saturdays, starting from Greetham Garden Centre at 11am.

The club also runs Sunday club rides with cafe stops along the way. New riders are welcome and more details are online at www.veloclubrutland.org.uk