Two Lichfield cyclists have been given a boost after winning a bursary to help them compete on the international stage.

Toby and Daniel Barnes were among seven chosen by the Lazer Shimano West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League for the award.

The bursary payments are given to up and coming riders to help them achieve their national and international ambitions.

Toby, 18, is currently leading the under-23 category and is third overall in the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross series.

The Loughborough University student has also won two rounds of the West Midlands league, as he continues to progress from his success as a junior rider which saw him compete in the European Championships and World Cup round at Valkenburg.

Toby said he hoped to use the bursary to return to Belgium over the New Year period to compete a block of races:

“I rode for GB as a junior in a World Cup and other races as a club member.

“The courses in Europe are very challenging and the competition is really strong in all races.

“This season my goal is to win the under-23 National Trophy series and finish on the podium overall in the elite series. 

“I also have support from Loughborough University as part of their cycling academy and will be doing track and road next year with the aim of preparing well for the next cross season.”

Toby Barnes

Sixteen-year-old Daniel has already clinched victory in round four of the National Trophy to follow up three previous podium finishes.

His success continued with a 27th place finish in the Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Koksijde.

He said:

“I raced abroad with GB last year at some world cups and the European championships.

“Some of these courses were much tougher than lots of British courses, often muddier and more tough going terrain.  

“I also did some other big races such as Koppenberg and Boom Superprestige which gave me some valuable experience for the World Cups.  

“This was all made possible by the support of the league bursary last season too, so thank you for this support again this season.”

Daniel Barnes

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