CYCLING has turned around the life of a youngster who is determined to become the next Chris Froome.
Youngster Finlay Cousins took up the sport as a way to deal with his ADHD and aural dyspraxia.
His diagnosis less than a year ago explained why Finlay was struggling to communicate with others both in and out of school.
But cycling has seen him grow in confidence and improve at school.
The seven-year-old said: ‘I want to be the next Chris Froome because of the way he sticks his elbows out when he rides. He climbs mountains so fast.’
Finlay added that he loves cycling and was excited to get his first win last month in the under-eights Winchester Criterium and Cycle Fest.
Finlay climbing through Winchester high street, shattered but smiling, was our proudest moments.David Cousins
‘I love cycling because it makes me feel so happy,’ he said. ‘The bit I love the most are my coaches.’
Since winning his first race Finlay, from Gosport, has gone on to win two more and a time trial at the Sky Go Ride Training session.
Dad David said Finlay struggled to fit in at school but joining the Fareham Wheelers changed his life. He joined the club in April and trains every day.
David said: ‘He’s obsessed with cycling. Finlay’s always doing impressions of his favourite cyclists from the television and we have to guess which person he is pretending to be.
‘He likes Mark Cavendish but his favourite is definitely Chris Froome.
‘Cycling has given him structure. Finlay knows that if he is struggling on a particular day he can let it all out on the bike.’
Finlay and his family moved back to England after a year in Cyprus and he found it a struggle to communicate with other people. It took months of medical consultations to determine his condition. His aural dyspraxia affects his motor skills and social skills.
But since taking to the pedals he has become an integral member of Fareham Wheelers.
David added: ‘Finlay climbing through Winchester high street, shattered but smiling, was our proudest moment.
‘Seeing him with other normal boys, doing normal boy things was an absolute joy.’