CYCLING: Yates follows in legends' tracks

REDVALES teenager Simon Yates has his sights firmly set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio after adding another prestigious cycling title to his growing trophy cabinet.

The 19-year-old followed in the tracks of legends Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins to win the National Madison Championship at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Saturday .

He partnered Manxman Mark Christian to the title, which was won by World Road Race champion Cavendish and triple Olympic gold medallist Wiggins in 2008 and 1999, respectively.

The event was held as part of the popular Revolution race series “Mark was really up for it and I was happy to help him out,” said Yates.

“I have notched it up this year, especially on the road, and, hopefully one day I will be up there with Cav and Brad.

“But it was a good way to finish the track season.

“In a few days I’m going back on to the road with a training camp in Majorca.

“I think I have already missed the boat for the Olympics this year.

“However, hopefully, I’ll be in contention for Rio in 2016. For now, I’m going to concentrate on the road and hopefully try and get a professional contract.”

Bury rider Nick Heap was also first over the line in the Course De Primes in the regional track league.

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