Harrison Wood is Cycling To Success | #RideTheBay
Junior Cyclist, Harrison Wood, is riding high with a promising future in the cycling world. We met up in St. Marychurch at the bay cycles store to talk about his career, ambitions and to ask, what is #ridethebay?
At just 18 years old, Torbay’s Harrison Wood has already achieved big things; competing around Europe and the UK in cycling competitions that have tested both his physical and mental limits, as well as completing his A-levels at Torquay Boy’s Grammar School. In the UK, Harrison is ranked with a Second Category license; there’s five licenses, all the way up to an Elite, which as a junior is impossible for Harrison to reach, but that’s not say he won’t try as he picks up points and reaches the under 23s category.
Harrison’s cycling developed at the Mid Devon Cycling Club. Formed in 1930, the club has a rich history and a reputation for producing some of the UK’s leading cyclists including Tour de France riders Colin Lewis and Jeremy Hunt, Yanto Barker and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.
As a first year junior, Harrison competed in Europe and most notably came 1st overall for the Tour of Milburys 2017 (Cat 2/3), 20th overall Rondes des Vallees UCI 2.1 stage race, 21st overall Junior Tour of Basque country stage race, 2nd in Junior national 25 mile TT. 49.18 PB, 12th and 1st in KOM competition in Grand Prix de Cherves 2017, final round of French national series, and 10 mile tt PB of 19.52 on the s4/10.
Last year, Harrison stepped it up again as he competed in Wales, Poland, Spain and joined the Soenens-Booom team who are based in Belgium. This year, Harrison is taking it to another level as he’s planning to ride in France for a DM1 Team, which is a top level for someone of Harrison’s age and supports his dream to join the professional ranks.
Harrison was quick to mention that this is all made possible from the support of the great local community of fellow cyclists and funders including small local companies and Bay Cycles; the store and people behind the hashtag #RideTheBay.
“#RideTheBay is a hashtag that people use on social media and is linked the Bay Cycles shop… that’s run by Jez and Lisa. They go out every Saturday morning around 8 o’clock… go out for longer rides, shorts rides all along the Torbay area, Exeter way, up to the Moors out towards Brixham. It’s something my mum goes out on too, so it’s a sort of family affair with the shop.” Harrison Wood, British Cyclist.
If Harrison’s passion has inspired you to hop on a bike, then head over to the Bay Cycles website to find out how you can also #RideTheBay and don’t forget we’ve a geopark on our doorstep too - the only outdoor closed road circuit in Devon and Cornwall, accommodating amateur and professional cycling.