29 October 2018
Bedford Girls’ School Lower Sixth student, Sophie Lewis has been selected for the Great British Cycling Team Junior Academy Programme.
The programme is focused on developing the country’s best junior riders, ensuring that they are ready for life as full-time athletes. Sophie has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Girls’ Endurance category.
Sophie who also represents cycling club, Cycle Team OnForm said: “I started cycling when I was nine years of age, joining the cycle club in my village. At first, it was just for a bit of fun and I wasn’t very serious, but it soon progressed to racing on the velodrome, followed by road racing.
“Over the last two years, I have been part of the Olympic Development Apprentice Programme, which has allowed me to develop as an athlete, winning two British national titles, in the scratch race and the madison race, along with other national wins. Over the summer, I competed in the European Youth Cycling Tour in the Netherlands, which was an amazing experience. I was very pleased to claim second place on one of the stages.
“I am extremely honoured to have just been selected for the Great Britain Junior Cycling Team. I am excited to see what this brings over the next year and look forward to racing for Great Britain.”
Mrs Jane Axford, Director of Sport at BGS, said: “We are so delighted for Sophie that she has made the selection on to this prestigious performance programme. Sophie is a wonderful role model and we look forward to helping her achieve her potential with British Cycling by supporting her with her strength and conditioning training alongside her academic studies.”