CYCLING prodigy Joe Evans has been crowned national schoolboy champion to add to his stunning summer of success.
The 15-year-old student at Uttoxeter’s Thomas Alleyne’s High School followed in the tracks as such luminaries as the legendary Chris Boardman and current international stars Steve Cummings and Alex Dowsett.
Evans’ success came in the George Herbert Stancer Memorial 10-mile time trial at Newbury in Berkshire on Saturday.
He won his age group and was then crowned overall champion from a field of 130 boys and girls aged between 12 and 16 years.
Each rider had to pre-qualify and set off in time order, with Evans the fourth last to ride after clocking 21 mins 54 secs earlier in the summer.
With three faster qualifiers to follow, Evans knew he had to put in a monumental effort and crossed the line in 21:18 — an improvement of almost 30 seconds on his previous best time.
There was then a slightly nervous wait until the other riders finished but Evans was not only the quickest in his age group age group, he was also crowned overall champion.
He beat 16-year-old Yorkshire rival Ollie Wood into second place by 12 seconds.
Evans was back in the saddle on Sunday to put in final preparation for this weekend’s Inter Regional Track Championships.