WRENTHORPE cycling ace Oliver Wood will aim to stay in the hunt for the DHL Future Stars title when he enters the penultimate round of the Revolution Series in Manchester today.
The 16-year-old, who’s part of the prestigious Olympic Development Programme (ODP), is well positioned in second after two rounds of the competition.
He’ll travel to Manchester Velodrome, the base for the ODP, looking to overtake current leader Jake Ragen ahead of the final round at the end of the month.
It’s the first big series on the British Cycling calendar the hot prospect has been involved in since being selected for the ODP.
And the Outwood Grange Academy student has successfully upped his gear to compete wheel-to-wheel with the top young cyclists from around the country.
“It’s all going well so far,” said his dad Alastair.
“He’s adjusted well to the ODP and the hard work it demands. He trains weekly in Manchester and five days a week from home.
“Outwood have been very good in helping out, they can’t help enough, so that’s pushing him on.”
He continued: “He’s doing well in the Revolution Series and there’s no reason why he can’t win it.”
Wood, who races for Chep UK in the series, is trailing the leader by 21 points going into the weekend.
There are three races per meeting - elimination, points and scratch - and 30 points are up for grabs for the winner of each.
He stormed to victory in the elimination and points races last time out and will be looking for similar success this weekend.
Wood will also have to be wary of Chep UK team-mate Jacob Scott, who sits a point behind him in third.
Wood has signed for Team Sportscover for domestic competition outside the Revolution Series.
Highlights of Saturday’s meeting will be screened on ITV4 on Monday night between 7pm-8pm.
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