Charlie Rolls earns medal at UCI Urban Cycling World Championships Trials
Success for Longstowe cyclist in China
Charlie Rolls is riding high after a silver lining at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in China.
The 16-year-old Longstowe-based cyclist was competing in Trials in the 20-inch wheel junior category, and was looking to end the season on a high.
In the UCI Trials World Cup series, Rolls finished around 12th. He had been aiming to break into the top 10 at every World Cup of the campaign, but it proved a competitive year with up to 70 riders and the top 15 all capable of winning.
So he headed to Chengdu knowing the size of the task.
“The world championships in China was a new experience for me,” said Rolls.
“The UCI have a new format and now you gain points as you progress through the section.
“I still ride as a junior at the world champs and I qualified in second place in the semi-final, the top six got through to the final.”
Spaniard Alejandro Montalvo, who won the Elite UCI World Cup title this year, defended his crown from 2017, with 270 points, but Rolls was second with 190.
“In the final I had some great rides but also some poor rides,” he said. “I was expecting to come second and happy with that result but I still could have ridden better and been closer to the winner.
“Now the season is over I am concentrating on getting more powerful to be able to do bigger moves.
“I will go to the gym several times a week, eat well and ride my bike. I have six months before the first World Cup of 2019.”
With one year left in the junior ranks, Rolls is already targeting next year, where he hopes to go one better in China.