Wood enjoys ride of his life to help Olympic star Ed Clancy to victory

WINNERS: Ed Clancy and Ollie Wood. Picture: Guy Swarbrick.
WINNERS: Ed Clancy and Ollie Wood. Picture: Guy Swarbrick.
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Wrenthorpe cyclist Ollie Wood had the ride of his life on Saturday as he partnered Olympic and World champion Ed Clancy to victory on the track.

The Outwood Grange Academy pupil was invited to be part of Rapha Condor’s team competing in the first round of the Revolution Series at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

It meant a ride alongside Barnsley-born Clancy in the Kilo Madison Time Trial event and the pair stormed to victory against some of the sport’s best riders including Andy Tennant and Steven Burke.

The event was another highlight of the Wakefield rider’s ever-blossoming cycling career after making a name for himself in the same competition earlier this year.

And his dad Alastair, who helps coach the talented track star when he is not training with the British Cycling coaching team, says the pressure of riding with one of world cycling’s top names on the track helped, rather than hindered, his ride.

“He only found out two days before the event that he’d be riding for Rapha Condor and he was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get out on the track,” he said.

“I don’t think any pressure got to him, he rose to the occasion and that was great to see.

“I think the finishing time was actually five seconds faster than last year so he held his own out there and then some.”

Wood made his debut in the prestigious series last time out for Team Sportscover but expectations of success were higher in the kit of a Rapha Condor team always expected to challenge for the top spots.

The 17-year-old also enjoyed the added bonus of competing in a UCI Points Race before the wheels were in motion for the main event.

Such rides are usually reserved as qualifying events for the sport’s biggest competitions and Wood enjoyed the experience of going wheel-to-wheel with some of the world’s best cyclists, finishing a creditable 14th.

The Kilo Madison alongside Clancy followed and the pair cruised to victory.

Rides in the scratch and elimination races followed for the Wakefield track star and he finished 18th and 11th respectively.

His success will lead him nicely into the next round to be held at the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on November 30. Wood is keen to be involved again with the series stretching over five rounds - three in Manchester, one in Glasgow and a finale in London in March.

Saturday was a memorable day for the Wood family with Ollie’s younger brother Reece involved in the Future Stars event.

He follows in the footsteps of Ollie, who also competed in the competition before his promotion to the senior event, and had an encouraging run out after six weeks without a competitive ride.

Reece is currently on his first camp with the Olympic Talent Team in Newport.