Going PlacesJanet Burrows
Harry Wardle’s passion and talent for cycling is taking him places – quite literally. Two wheels are by far his preferred method of transport – be that a road bike or mountain bike – and he’s taken part in competitions in venues as diverse as the velodrome with its aerodynamics and pristine track to the muddier cyclocross where he often has to carry his bike.
His current favourite at the moment is cyclocross, a sport which is really popular in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, but growing in popularity here. Races consist of laps of a short (1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles which require the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and then remount.
Harry trains weekly with Clifton CC Juniors in York on his road-bike. This year he finished 4th in the U12 White Rose Youth League, 5th in the North East Youth League and has also competed at national level. In winter he finished 10th in the Yorkshire Points Championship for cyclocross, a great result for his first year competing against the U14s.
Moving further afield, Harry is riding with his dad in the Tour de Flanders Sportive in Belgium in April. This 60 mile race is open to riders of all ages, and Harry will be competing against international cyclists.