Oldham youngster emulates Olympic cycling heroes

After a season in which he has dominated the podium, Oldham youngster Matt Walls is now a national champion, after winning the UK Junior Omnium title.

The 14-year-old has emulated Olympic cycling hero Laura Trott, who won gold in the Omnium event in London last week.

Matt is now hoping to be called up to the national talent team in 2013 and follow in the footsteps of Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP team mates, Fabio Close from Bolton and Joe Evans.

The youngster, who has raced for the Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP team since he was 12, raced in five different disciplines during the final and was so dominant, he had already been crowned champion before the fifth and final race.

He is naturally delighted but is already setting his sights on achieving greater things next year when he progresses from the junior ranks to the first year of the youth division.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend of racing for me and it feels great to have won a national title,” said Matt.

“Hopefully this will be the start of many titles, although there is a lot of hard work ahead of me.

“Having my Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP team mates with me, both in the junior and youth finals, made it extra special as we were able to celebrate as a team.”

Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP manager, Andrew Thomas, said: “Matt is clearly one to look out for in the future and if he continues at this rate, he’ll put himself in a great position to represent Britain in future events.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead of him, but his attitude and talent are excellent; just what is required to become a successful track cyclist.”

During the final Matt took part in the scratch, devil, points, sprint and time trial races against 26 other cyclists, including two from his own Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP team.

Kieron Roberts, assistant brand manager at team sponsors 3-IN-ONE, said: “This is yet another demonstration of how hard work and dedication can result in success.

“Matt has had an excellent year and everyone working on the 3-IN-ONE brand is delighted with this success.

“The investment made by 3-IN-ONE to help run the Velocity 3-IN-ONE CNP team is bearing fruit after just two years and we look forward to further progress from Matt and his team mates.”