Mike Thompson earns silver medal in national MTB event

Mike Thompson, left, celebrates his silver medal
Mike Thompson, left, celebrates his silver medal

TEF/Richardsons Race Team rider Mike Thompson took a well earned podium finish at the MTB Cross country National Championships.

The championships were held in Wasing Park near Reading a flat course known to be fast and physically demanding .

Thompson was riding in the Junior Category which was one of the most heavily contested fields that day.

The UK’s best riders had descended on Wasing Park to try and take the red, white and blue national championship jersey.

It was a fast start to the race with the teenager establishing an early lead and break away another two other riders.

The three riders worked well together to keep the main competition at bay. It was not until the penultimate lap that that Sam Stean and Thompson pulled away from Alex Welburn.

It was not until the last lap that Stean attacked and managed to pull away from local rider Thompson who took the silver medal.

Thompson, who lives near Whitby, is currently on the National Olympic Development Programme and rides for TEF/Richardsons RT, a local race team supported by Richardsons Cycle Club and TEF Transport, Scarborough.

The young gun is currently leading the National Cross Country Series with the last race on August 25 in Essex.

He has also been picked to represent GB in the World Championships in Austria on September 9.