Cycle star aiming to scale the heights

James Noonan
James Noonan

Preston junior cyclist James Noonan will fly the flag for the North West when he lines up on the start line of the National Hill Climb Championships on Sunday.

Noonan – who rides for Hoppers Rollers, which is a British Cycling affiliated club based at Preston Grasshoppers – will take part in the competition which is being held in Stocksfield, Northumberland.

The 17 year-old, pictured, is tipped as one of the favourites to win the national junior title after a series of impressive junior hill climb wins in the run-up to the championships.

His biggest win of the cycling hill climbing season came early in the month on The Rake in Ramsbottom. He won on the tough one-mile long climb

More than 200 riders will compete at the National Championships.

James, who studies at Runshaw College and went to Our Lady High School in Fulwood, celebrated a silver medal at the regional championships held in Cumbria a few months back.

The youngster said: “It should be a great atmosphere with a big crowd expected.

“I have good form at the moment and hope to end the season on a high.”

The Hoppers Rollers is supported with a sponsorship by a number of local Preston businesses such as Harrison Drury Solicitors, Haleys Business Advisors, Bailey Financial Services and Approved Inspectors.

The club caters for riders of all abilities with rides every Wednesday evening through the summer from the Preston Grasshoppers, meeting at 6.30pm.

Different groups of different fitness levels set off around the lanes of Lancashire with new starters welcome and looked after by experienced cyclists.

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