Track talents have national title ambitions

George Moore, left, and Brendan Drewett race on the Mountbatten Centre track. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131196-743)
George Moore, left, and Brendan Drewett race on the Mountbatten Centre track. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131196-743)
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

Wheelers prepare for Wessex war

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Joe Truman will lead the charge as a raft of starlets race for national glory this week.

The i-Team/KSL/InTandem rider is targeting titles at the British Cycling National Youth & Junior Track Championships, which begin today.

The event, hosted by the Manchester Velodrome – home of the National Cycling Centre – runs until Sunday, with a host of honours up for grabs.

And Truman is aiming to bring at least one crown home with him to Petersfield and the Mountbatten Centre headquarters of his Portsmouth club.

He is not the only south coast starlet going for gold, though.

Club-mate Sam Clark kicks the action off in the under-12 omnium today.

Meanwhile, fellow i-Team hopefuls Joe Clark and George Moore are set to join Fareham Wheelers ace Brendan Drewett on the track for the under-16 pursuit.

Moore and Drewett will lock horns again when Truman’s campaign gets under way with the under-16 sprint tomorrow.

The trio, who have become rivals at local, regional and national level, are all entered for the 500m time trial on Friday, too.

Before then, though, Drewett has a points race to contest.

Truman has the junior keirin in his sights and the pair will sign off with the scratch race on Sunday.

Elsewhere, i-Team duo Thamana Nel and James Saunders will take on the nation’s finest in the under-14s omnium.

And Laura Clode, of Portsmouth’s VC St Raphael, is eyeing glory in the junior scratch, pursuit and 500m time trial.