Exceptional Sport Level 3 student Syd Brown has ambitious plans for his track career after enjoying much success in the sport. Last year, he was selected to join the Regional Schools of Racing programme (RSR), a talent development pathway launched by British Cycling. This aims to develop young riders who are showing the most promise in the sport, to prepare them for the next stage in their sporting career.
Syd first developed a love of cycling after his Grandad, who raced competitively, introduced him to the sport and encouraged him to take part. Syd, who lived and attended school in Majorca, began his training at a young age and even rode across the Pyrenees. At the age of 15, he came to the UK to compete in regional races and was immediately hooked.
Syd began entering his first national endurance races including The Isle of Man Youth Tour and the North West Youth Tour where in one of the stages, he managed to place 12th out of 120 riders. Syd currently races for a team led by respected coach Dan Coombes and has entered in a string of competitions including two national time trials and races in Majorca and Dubai, where he achieved a fantastic 3rd place.
Despite competitions being scarce this year due to the pandemic, Syd has continued to train hard and typically spends 12-18 hours per week on a dedicated training plan. He visits the velodrome in Manchester weekly, an Olympic standard venue which has produced some of the UK’s best known cycling stars, including Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Alongside his passion for cycling, Syd is dedicated to his college studies and achieved a fantastic Distinction grade last year. Syd’s tutor Chris says, “Syd is a big presence in the group and is very highly respected. He shares his experience in cycling and the other learners regard him highly.” Syd is full of praise for his tutors saying, “All of them are positive and want to see you succeed. For example, Matt is a motivator- he keeps us all on track. I wouldn’t have got my Distinction without Matt.”
Determined Syd’s next goal is to move to Spain after college, where he will pursue competitive racing, “I’d like to enter track racing in Spain as the races are more challenging and you can compete on flat or hilly terrain.” With his drive and dedication, we are sure to see Syd taking pride of place on the podium!