Cycling brothers impressing in the saddle

Reece Wood came third in the National Omnium Series.
Reece Wood came third in the National Omnium Series.

Wakefield cyclist Ollie Wood is one of six hopefuls aiming to make the Great Britain team for the upcoming Junior Track World Championships.

Wood, who rides for the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme, is currently away at a training camp with five other riders, with the final five-man team selected on Tuesday.

If chosen, the Outwood Grange Academy rider will compete for GB at the showpiece event in Glasgow at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on August 7th-11th.

The 17-year-old is enjoying good form, having taken second place at the National Junior Road Race Series event in Milton Keynes last weekend, and will hope he is one of the five names heading to Scotland.

In April, the youngster was part of Great Britain’s six-man team which competed in the famous Paris-Roubaix Juniors road race. Wood lived up to his billing in France, finishing in an impressive sixth place.

Wood’s younger brother Reece is also enjoying success on the bike in 2013.

Having qualified for his first National Track Omnium Series in the U16 category two months ago, he had a debut to remember with a third place finish earlier this month.

The omnium was made up of an elimination race, points race, scratch race and keirin, with Wood showing impressive form across all events.

The youngster sealed third place despite the contest being his first at U16 level, as he was among the youngest competitors in the age group.

His best showing was in the elimination race, where he took individual third in an excellent display.

Wood also bagged a win last Sunday as he took first place in the Boys U16 group at the York City Cycling Race.

Elsewhere, Calder Clarion junior Ben Hancock made a decent debut at the National Clarion Track Championships earlier this month as he finished 12th overall.

Hancock, who was Calder’s only representative at the Championships, took part in four events as he finished as the fourth-placed junior in the tournament.

After coming in eighth in the flying 200m race, Hancock took on the popular elimination event, posting another finish of eighth.

The 16-year-old then came home 11th in the 25-lap sprint race, a great effort considering it is not his strongest area.

Hancock finished the Championships with a strong showing in the scratch race, leading the field for much of the race only to miss out as another rider fell and hit his wheel near the finish line.