An Olympic hopeful cyclist whose £2,000 bike was badly damaged in a hit and run incident is appealing for help to keep his dream alive.
Thirteen-year-old Nathan Allatt from Castleford was on a training ride on Normanton bypass when he was hit by a car which knocked him off his bike. Then a second car ran over the bike causing it extensive damage.
Now the Featherstone St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School pupil is looking for sponsorship to help pay for a new bike.
His dad, Shaun Allatt, said: “Nathan has a talent in the sport and is absolutely mad about track cycling.
“Dan Haigh at Cycle Technology in Wakefield has agreed to supply a replacement bike at a reduced price and to let Nathan use it until we have the money to pay for it, which is a massive help.”
Nathan, a member of Holme Valley Wheelers, in Holmfirth, trains three or four days a week and competes in races across the country.
Mr Allatt added:“He regularly races at York, Bradford and Sheffield closed circuits and he recently competed at Otley and York road races where they raced the same circuits as riders such as like Ed Clancy.
“As he is getting better it is costing us more money and we don’t just have £2,000 sitting around for the new bike.”
A police spokesman said the incident happened near the roundabout at Woodhouse Common on July 24 at around 6pm.
He added: “The cyclist was knocked off his bike by a car near the roundabout. The bike was hit by a second car. Neither vehicle stopped. The 13-year-old was unhurt.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101. To help with sponsorship call Shaun Allatt on 07929 666258.